The Falcons entered Thursday’s game knowing that this as close to a must-win game that a team can have during the regular season. A win for the Saints would’ve increased their lead in the division and dropped the Falcons further behind in the Wildcard race as well.
Atlanta needed their offense to show up and play a perfect game. They needed a big game from Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. They needed those things to happen, they didn’t for the most part, and yet here they are Friday morning with a W in the win column from last night’s game.
Matt Ryan threw three interceptions and Devonta Freeman was held to 3.8 yards per rush and somehow, someway, the Falcons stole a game they had no business winning.
Thanks to the Falcons defense, the Saints rushing attack never got going the way it should’ve. The defense also came up with the game-winning interception which also happened to be Drew Brees’ first red-zone interception of the season.
The hero of the game was Deion Jones, a New Orleans native himself. The Saints tried to isolate the middle linebacker against tight end Josh Hill but it was Jones who made the play.
When the tight end looked back, I looked back, and the ball was right there.
The Falcons defense also limited the Saints to 3 of 10 on third down and held them to 17 points. The performance kept the Falcons alive in the playoffs race who are now a game back of the Saints for the division lead.
Two of the Falcons three remaining game are against NFC South opponents. They have one more game against the Saints and will finish the season off against the Panthers. Next week’s game is against the Buccaneers.