Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 10/15/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Saints 31, Falcons 21
October 15, 2015
Kicking off the NFL festivities in Week 6 on “Thursday Night Football,” we had an NFC South battle between the Falcons and the Saints. Atlanta was able to take care of the Redskins in their last game, while New Orleans was blown out by Philadelphia in Week 5. As with many divisional games, however, this one bucked the recent trends.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and stats from this game so we can figure out why things happened the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out Week 7 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Saints are usually able to impose their will during primetime games at home, and that’s exactly what happened here. They started strong, scoring on a 2-yard Mark Ingram TD run, then got a defensive score off a blocked punt and a 4-yard TD return. New Orleans was all over it in the first quarter, taking a 14-0 lead.
In the second, the Falcons were able to get themselves back into the game. The only scoring of the quarter came on a 7-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White. At the break, it was 14-7 Saints.
In the third, New Orleans jumped back on the gas pedal with a 31-yard field goal as well as a Benjamin Watson TD catch from Drew Brees for a 2-yard score to make it 24-7.
Atlanta got fairly close again with a 25-yard TD run from Devonta Freeman, but Brees and company took the ensuing drive down the field 80 yards, eating up precious minutes. They’d end on a 1-yard Mark Ingram run to all but seal the game. The Falcons would add a 13-yard TD catch from Freeman, but by then it was too late.
New Orleans would shock the NFL world with a dominant victory 31-21. They have now won 19 of 21 primetime games in the Superdome.
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The Stars: Brees was in fine form for this one, hitting 30 of 39 passes for 312 yards and the score. Watson was the big star through the air with 10 receptions for 127 yards and his TD hookup with Brees.
The New Orleans defense came up big here as well, recovering three fumbles and sacking Ryan five times.
On the other side, Freeman had his usual huge game with 100 yards and a TD on the ground with eight grabs for 56 more and a TD through the air.
The Goats: The Atlanta defense had no answer for the New Orleans passing game, allowing a 9-for-16 mark on third and fourth downs. They also generated just one sack and zero turnovers.
The Falcons were also comparatively undisciplined compared to the Saints, posting seven penalties for 41 yards to New Orleans’ three for 15.
Injuries: Saints OT Andrus Peat had to come out early in this one due to a leg injury. This leaves New Orleans extremely thin at that position.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 7, both the Saints and Falcons will be back in action on Sunday, October 25 at 1:00 PM ET on FOX. The Falcons will head to Tennessee to visit the Titans, while the Saints will travel to Indianapolis to see the Colts.
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