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  • Trufant, Alford step into Atlanta leadership roles

    July 28, 2014 9:52 PM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons need new leadership on defense, and coach Mike Smith says second-year cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford fit the job description perfectly. Coming off a 4-12 season that ended with their defense ranked last in third-down efficiency, second-worst against the run and... more »
  • Falcons sign return specialist Devin Hester

    March 20, 2014 5:45 PM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with return specialist Devin Hester. The team announced the deal Thursday. The 31-year-old Hester is a three-time Pro-Bowler who last year tied an NFL record with his 19th scoring return in eight seasons with the Chicago Bears. Coming off... more »
  • Falcons trying to come to terms with dismal season

    November 19, 2013 3:47 PM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - These are strange times for the Atlanta Falcons. They are 2-8, have lost four in a row and are pretty well assured of their first losing season since 2007 heading into Thursday night's game against the New Orleans Saints (8-2). Players such as quarterback Matt Ryan... more »
  • Saints extend lead to 23-17

    September 8, 2013 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Saints extended their lead with 3:13 to go in the game with a Garrett Hartley 22-yard field goal. It's the first points, by either team, in the fourth quarter. Drew Brees has passed for 300 yards for the 68th time in his career, only Peyton... more »
  • Saints trade scores in third quarter, ahead 20-17

    September 8, 2013 2:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Saints traded touchdown scores to open the second half of play. Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones on a four-yard touchdown pass, then Drew Brees found Jimmy Graham from seven yards out to put the Saints up 20-17. The Saints currently have 244 passing yards... more »
  • Saints go to halftime ahead 13-10

    September 8, 2013 1:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Saints fell behind 10-0 early in the first quarter, but New Orleans rebounded with 13 unanswered points to claim a three-point lead going into halftime. Garrett Hartley hit his second field goal of the game, a 31-yarder, to hand New Orleans their first lead of... more »
  • Saints score in 2nd Quarter, shave deficit to 10-3

    September 8, 2013 12:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS -Garrett Hartley put the Saints on the scoreboard for the first time this regular season with a 48-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 50-yard drive. The Saints now trail the Falcons 10-3 with 10:53 left in the first half. The drive was helped with a pivotal... more »
  • Falcons push lead to 10

    September 8, 2013 12:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS -The Saints were stopped on a fourth-and-one, Matt Ryan scrambled for 12 yards, and the Falcons were helped by a personal foul (unnecessary roughness on the quarterback) penalty on rookie Kenny Vaccaro to help the Falcons set up for a chip shot field goal. Matt Bryant kicked... more »
  • Falcons strike first

    September 8, 2013 12:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS -The visiting team got on the board first in the Saints' regular season opener, with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez. The scoring drive was helped by a 52-yard pass from Matt Ryan to Harry Douglas that got Atlanta to the 8-yard line on their second possession... more »
  • Saints bring fresh faces into Week 1 vs. Atlanta

    September 2, 2013 6:37 PM

    METAIRIE - It looks like Saints coach Sean Payton will open the regular season by throwing a dose of youth and inexperience at the visiting Atlanta Falcons. As of Monday, 10 rookies - six of them undrafted - and three other players who have yet to appear in a regular-season... more »
  • Falcons cut 3 more to get to 75-player limit

    August 26, 2013 9:38 AM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have completed their latest round of cuts by waiving receivers Rashad Evans, Marcus Jackson and Marcus Sales. The cuts announced Monday came after the team waived 11 players the previous day. The roster now stands at 75 heading into Thursday's final... more »
  • Umenyiora changes number at parent's request

    August 21, 2013 5:31 PM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Anyone who bought an Osi Umenyiora No. 90 jersey after he signed with the Atlanta Falcons is going to be in for a surprise. He's now wearing No. 50. Umenyiora took the practice field Wednesday wearing his new number after working out a swap with young... more »
  • Falcons pick Southeastern Louisiana CB Alford

    April 26, 2013 9:01 PM

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.- Cornerback Robert Alford of Southeastern Louisiana has been selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the NFL draft. The Falcons have taken cornerbacks with each of their first two picks. They traded up in the first round on Thursday night to make Washington cornerback... more »
  • Saints host Atlanta to kick off 2013 season

    April 18, 2013 9:01 PM

    METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints will open the NFL regular season at home against Atlanta, and their schedule includes four night games. The schedule, released by the league on Thursday night, features a Monday night home game against Miami on Sept. 30 and a Sunday night home game against... more »
  • Four teams left in NFL postseason

    January 14, 2013 10:44 AM

    UNDATED - One game is a rematch. The other might feel like one - at least to one of the teams. For the second straight year in the AFC, the New England Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. In the... more »
  • Saints tweet that bus egged at Atlanta airport

    November 29, 2012 10:36 AM

    ATLANTA - The New Orleans Saints players say their bus was pelted with eggs by airport workers after they touched down in Atlanta. Tight end Jimmy Graham, linebacker Will Herring and quarterback Chase Daniel tweeted about the incident Wednesday night at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Saints (5-6) face the... more »
  • Atlanta running back celebrates a bit too much

    September 18, 2012 10:50 AM

    ATLANTA - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was jailed on charges of drunken driving and speeding early this morning, just hours after he scored a touchdown in the team's win over the Denver Broncos. Turner was booked into the Gwinnett County jail in metro Atlanta just after 5... more »
  • Air Force Falcons land at BTR Metro Airport Play Video

    February 17, 2012 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Not to worry, they're here to play baseball, and they came in on one of the largest cargo planes in the world. The C-17 Globemaster can carry up to 170,000 pounds or roughly 517,000 baseballs. On this trip the plane was only responsible for about 20... more »
  • Tons of power in the NFC South

    November 22, 2010 4:57 PM

    The Saints are rolling, yet making little progress in the powerful NFC South. New Orleans won its third straight game Sunday, beating Seattle 34-19 as Drew Brees became the Saints' all-time completions leader, throwing for four touchdowns. The victory lifted the defending Super Bowl champions to 7-3. All... more »
  • Peregrine falcons checked for Gulf oil taint

    October 19, 2010 5:51 AM

    Scientists studying the aftermath of BP's oil spill are looking at whether the pollution is a renewed threat to Peregrine falcons, which rebounded from the brink of extinction a generation ago. The research may also help determine the health of species lower down the food chain in the Gulf of... more »
  • Saints still deciding on Hartley after misses

    September 27, 2010 12:56 PM

    Saints coach Sean Payton says he has not decided whether to bring in other kickers to compete with the struggling Garrett Hartley in practice this week. Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal that would have beaten the Falcons in overtime Sunday, hooking the ball left. It was Hartley's... more »
  • Shockey TD gives Saints 7-0 lead

    September 26, 2010 12:14 PM

    A 2 yard TD pass from Drew Brees to Jeremy Shockey gave the Saints a 7-0 lead against Atlanta in the first quarter. Atlanta received the ball to start the quarter but was forced to punt. A 55 yard punt from Michael Koenen landed in the hands of Lance... more »
  • Saints undefeated with some of the best performers in NFC

    November 3, 2009 11:36 AM

    The New Orleans Saints improved to 7-0 on the season with a 35-27 win over the visiting Atlanta Falcons. Only the 1991 Saints began a season with as many wins. According to NFL individual statistics released Tuesday, the Saints have some of the best performers in the National Football... more »
  • Saints could match best start in team history

    October 28, 2009 7:46 AM

    The New Orleans Saints can match the best start in team history and get to 7-0 on the season with a win Monday over Atlanta. The Saints are listed as a 10-point favorite over the Falcons for Monday night's game in the Superdome. Saints coach Sean Payton said... more »

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