With the overtime period being just 10 minutes, the New Orleans Saints wanted to chew off as much clock as possible so the Atlanta Falcons wouldn’t touch the ball in overtime. The Saints chewed off 7:05 in the overtime session and Drew Brees scored on a game-winning one-yard touchdown to lift them to a 43-37 victory.
Brees completed 39-of-49 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for seven yards on three carries and two touchdowns. Ted Ginn Jr. caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the first-quarter for New Orleans. He finished with three receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown. Ginn Jr. also rushed for 20 yards on one carry.
Calvin Ridley caught an 18-yard touchdown pass later in the first for the Atlanta Falcons. With the Falcons trailing 13-7 in the second-quarter, Ridley caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan.
With Atlanta trailing 16-14 in the third-quarter, Ryan threw another touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley from nine yards out. Ridley finished with seven receptions for 146 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He also rushed for nine yards on one carry.
Later in the third, Brees threw a 11-yard touchdown to pass Cameron Meredith. That was Meredith’s only reception of the game.
In the fourth-quarter, Tevin Coleman caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan. (Ryan two-point conversion to Austin Hooper). Coleman finished with two receptions for 14 yards receiving and a touchdown. He also rushed for 33 yards on 15 carries.
Zach Line caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees in the fourth for the Saints.
With the Falcons trailing 30-29 in the fourth after a penalty, Matt Ryan threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu (Sanu two-point conversion). Sanu finished with four receptions for 36 yards receiving and a touchdown. Ryan completed 26-of-35 passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 12 yards on four carries. Devonta Freeman did not play for the second consecutive game because of a knee injury. Julio Jones caught five passes for 96 yards receiving.
Drew Brees scored on a seven-yard touchdown run with under 1:24 remaining in regulation. Michael Thomas was the Saints leading receiver with 10 receptions for 129 yards receiving. Alvin Kamara was New Orleans’s leading rusher with 66 yards on 16 carries. Kamara also caught 15 passes for 124 yards receiving and the rest was history.
The New Orleans Saints (2-1) will travel to face the New York Giants (1-2) next Sunday and the Atlanta Falcons (1-2) will host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) next Sunday.