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Tomlin defends decision to try onside kick in loss
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(15:00   13:12) A great start for the defense. They dialed up a blitz on the first play, and linebackers Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne swarmed tailback Michael Turner for a three yard loss. But Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hit receiver Roddy White with an 11 yard strike on third and 10, followed immediately by a 19 yard completion to Tony Gonzalez in a hole in zone coverage.

(12:39) The blitz doesn't always work. The Saints sent two linebackers, and safety Malcolm Jenkins was also hovering near the line of scrimmage on first and 10 from the 50 yard line. But the Falcons picked up the blitz, and Ryan had time to fire a deep 49 yard pass to White down the right sideline. White burned cornerback Jabari Greer with a stutter step around the 30 yard line, and safety Roman Harper couldn't get across the field in time to help. Ryan dropped in a perfect throw just over Harper.

(11:43) The Falcons scored on their second try from the 1 yard line with a well designed play action pass to backup offensive tackle Mike Johnson, who lined up as a tight end. Johnson let end Will Smith go at the line of scrimmage for a free rush at Ryan, then ran to the end zone uncovered. FALCONS 7, SAINTS 0.

(11:33) Yikes! Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw an interception on the Saints' first play. Brees took a three step drop out of the shotgun, then turned and fired a quick pass to his right. It looked like a timing throw intended for receiver Marques Colston, but Colston wasn't where Brees threw it. And Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel made a great diving catch to snag the ball out of the air.

(10:06) The defense forced Atlanta to settle for a field goal, thanks to a third and 1 stop by cornerback Corey White. It was actually a poor play design for the Falcons. They shifted receiver Julio Jones from the left to the right to fake an end around. But since White didn't shift along with Jones, he was free to shoot into the backfield and tackle Turner for a 1 yard loss. FALCONS 10, SAINTS 0.

(9:14   7:38) The Saints' run game got off to a good start even before Ivory's breakout 56 yard touchdown run. Mark Ingram gained 5 yards and 8 yards on two first and 10 runs, and Pierre Thomas made a nice second effort to move the chains with a 2 yard run on second and 2.

(7:03) Ivory's remarkable 56 yard touchdown run. (See Play of the Day in Part 1 of the Film Study.) FALCONS 10, SAINTS 7.

(4:08) The defense forced an eventual punt, thanks to another third and 1 stop. They sent seven rushers on an all out blitz, and end Turk McBride hurried Ryan into an incomplete pass to tailback Jason Snelling.

(3:56   0:00) The offense was rolling at the end of the quarter, mixing the pass and run beautifully (5 yard Ingram run, 13 yard pass to Graham, 19 yard pass to Moore, 3 yard Thomas run, 3 yard Ivory run, 7 yard pass to Moore, 10 yard screen to Travaris Cadet).

(15:00   14:28) Ingram didn't have any breakout runs like Ivory, but he was consistently impressive. He kept his legs churning for a 6 yard run on first and 10, then showed some speed and fluidity on an 8 yard cutback run on second and 4.

(13:33) The Saints capped the drive with a 29 yard touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Graham. Brees gave a little pump fake like he might throw a screen pass to Thomas, then fired deep immediately. That little fake made the linebackers bite and gave Graham enough cushion to catch the ball at the 10 yard line and cruise in from there. SAINTS 14, FALCONS 10.

(11:37   10:20) Some interesting wrinkles from the defense on the next drive. On a third and 7 play, they actually lined up Lofton as a stand up defensive end, with both ends standing up and only the two tackles down in the dirt. Then two plays later on second and 9, end Will Smith was standing up as the right end before dropping back deep in coverage and tackling Gonzalez after a 13 yard catch. Neither play was effective, since the Falcons converted first downs on both plays with passes to Gonzalez. But it's worth pointing out that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo continues to mix things up.

(9:54) A 26 yard pass to White against zone coverage that was too soft.

(9:23) What an effort by Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, who lost his helmet while fighting off right tackle Tyson Clabo   then still managed to chase down Turner for a 1 yard loss around the corner.

(7:19   6:32) The Saints almost pulled off their first goal line stand of the wholesale china jerseys day. Harper made a great pass break up against Gonzalez on first and goal from the 1 yard line. Then McBride, tackle Brodrick Bunkley and linebacker Jonathan Vilma combined to stop Turner for a 1 yard loss. But on third down, Ryan fired in a 2 yard touchdown pass to Gonzalez against decent coverage by Jenkins. FALCONS 17, SAINTS 14.

(4:30   4:10) A bad series for Graham killed a promising drive. He was flagged for a false start on third and 4, then he dropped a pass on third and 9. He was likely concerned with trying to turn and run with the ball since he was still two yards short of the first down marker.

(3:54   2:25) One of the underrated series of the game   a quick three and out by the Saints defense that gave them the ball back with enough time to score before halftime. On third and 8, Saints defensive end Martez Wilson made a great effort to sack Ryan for a 3 yard loss. Wilson's pressure forced Ryan to escape the pocket to his right, and Ryan fell as he scrambled. Wilson then tagged him down.

(2:17   0:40) A classic two minute touchdown drive by Brees. He hit Graham three times: for 18 yards on third and 6; for 15 yards on second and 10; and for a 14 yard touchdown pass on second and 4. Graham got open with a stutter step move that burned linebacker Stephen Nicholas. SAINTS 21, FALCONS 17.

(0:34) Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis sacked Ryan for a 2 yard loss with the Saints rushing only three linemen, aided by pressure from Jordan outside. Alas, Ellis didn't get credit for the sack, because he also drew a holding penalty against center Todd McClure, which the Saints accepted.

(15:00   13:30) A wasted drive by the offense to start the second half. Ivory and Thomas gained 1 and 2 yards, then Brees was flagged for a false start with an over emphatic hard count. Samuel then broke up a third nfl jerseys cheap and 12 pass.

(13:12   13:03) Once again, the defense stepped up in response. White made a nice pass break up on first and 10. The defense swarmed a failed screen pass. Then White made a sensational interception on a deep ball on third and 10. He looked like Willie Mays, tracking down the ball as it floated high down the middle and getting in position in front of receiver Drew Davis. Then he made a great over the shoulder catch to reel it in.

(12:54   9:27) Another swift and balanced touchdown drive for the Saints; seven plays, 81 yards. The highlight was a 29 yard catch by receiver Lance Moore over the middle. Moore leaped and reached out to reel it in with one hand as he fell to the turf. This drive also included a 13 yard check down pass to Ivory, who made cornerback Robert McClain miss, then drove a shoulder into cornerback Dunta Robinson to make the crowd erupt. And the drive ended with a 7 yard touchdown pass to Colston on a quick slant. SAINTS 28, FALCONS 17.

(9:23   8:01) Yet another three and out for the surging Saints defense. They sent only three rushers on third and 2. Jordan chipped Gonzalez then ran into the flat in pass coverage to help block Ryan's view. Ryan then threw toward White, and Lofton broke up the pass.

(5:57   4:49) Another Saints drive stalled when they couldn't get their run game going. Ingram gained 4 yards and negative 1 yard on back to back runs. Then Brees was sacked on third and 7. Brees made blitzing linebacker Nicholas miss at first, but he didn't see anyone open so he cradled the ball and took the hit.

(1:22) The Falcons' offense finally got a drive going in the second half, thanks in large part to a nice 9 yard pass from Ryan to Jones to beat the blitz on third and 6.

(15:00   13:32) The Saints appeared to get lucky when a deep pass to Harry Douglas was ruled incomplete. But the Falcons made up for it, thanks to a 23 yard pass to Douglas against soft zone coverage, a 15 yard dump off pass to Jacquizz Rodgers that beat a blitz and a great 6 yard touchdown pass and catch from Ryan to Gonzalez. SAINTS 28, FALCONS 24.

(13:27   12:06) Another three and out for the offense at a bad time in the game. Receiver Devery Henderson dropped a pass that hit him right in the hands on third and 2 while coming across the field.

(11:10) The Falcons burned another blitz with a 52 cheap ncaa jerseys yard bomb from Ryan to Jones. Jones got away with a slight push off against cornerback Jabari Greer, which sent Saints interim coach Joe Vitt into a frenzy, but the push off probably wasn't blatant enough to draw the flag (see ZEBRA REPORT in Part 1 of the Film Study).

(10:34   9:17) The first of two goal line stands for the Saints in the fourth quarter forced Atlanta to settle for a short field goal. (See Part 1 of Film Study). SAINTS 28, FALCONS 27.