Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a touchdown pass to attacking midfielder Brian Hill in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans on Sunday, November 10 2019.
Grady Jarrett and an exceptionally threatening defensive front of the Falcons have repeatedly brought Drew Brees to the Superdome field and proved that Saints coach Sean Payton was right.
The records did not really matter in this confrontation of the rivals of the NFC's South Division – as Payton had insisted a few days earlier.
After sacking Brees six times and holding New Orleans without touching a goal, the Falcons ended their six-game losing streak with a 26-9 win over the Saints on Sunday, ending the six-game winning streak. from New Orleans.
"It was really good, encouraging and motivating," said Jarrett, who had two and a half sacks leading the team. "It was like you wanted to get more and more, you know, so we have to rely on that performance, definitely."
It was a remarkable improvement for the Falcons defense, which conceded a bag of seven NFL bags. It came against a Saints offensive line that had allowed 12 sacks to come out in their first eight games.
"We have not played well enough to win today, really, against anyone," said Payton.
Matt Ryan, returning from an ankle injury that had dismissed him from the match before the start of Falcons Week 9, was 20 out of 35, for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
"Winning is always a good tonic, regardless of the season's evolution," Ryan said. "Obviously, we're against the wall with what we've done at this point in the season, and I'm proud of the way we've taken this first step."
Ryan's first touchdown was 8 yards on the tight end of Austin Hooper in the second quarter and second-half offensive midfielder Brian Hill in the fourth quarter to put Atlanta (2-7) ahead of 20-9.
It was amply enough with the Falcons defense that frustrated New Orleans (7-2).
"For them, having a very good attack in New Orleans with only three goals on the field is impressive," Ryan said. "A good team effort at all levels and certainly the one we needed."
Defensive end Vic Beasley Jr. had a bag and a half. His compatriot Adrian Clayborn and linebacker De & Vondre Campbell each had one.
The Saints were not required without touching the house. Brees led the attack since the record record QB had joined New Orleans in 2006. But it was the second time of the season that the Saints were not in the end zone at home – the first Victory 12 -10 against Dallas with Teddy Bridgewater replacing for a Brees then injured.
"They played better than us," said Payton. "This league is too good week after week, you can go without being focused and ready."
SHUFFLE OF STAFF
Atlanta's defensive dominance came in the first game since coach Dan Quinn reassigned assistant coach Raheem Morris of high school receivers.
Quinn was struck by the quality of the blanket, giving smugglers more time to travel to Brees.
"For guys to work together in concert – communication, technique – I thought it was a very big chunk and that one of the topics we were addressing in the game wanted to measure," Quinn said.
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Julio Jones caught three passes for 79 yards – including a 54-yard goal – for Atlanta, who had the ball for nearly 34 minutes and 317 yards. The Falcons were the Saints' first opponent since Seattle in the third week to total more than 257 yards.
Brees scored 32 of 45 goals for a total of 287 yards and the Saints finished with 310 yards, well below their average of 375.3. That's despite the fact that running back Alvin Kamara and halfback Jared Cook have returned from injury. Other than catcher Michael Thomas, who has 13 receptions for 152 yards, few Saints regular offensive players have approached their usual production.
The Saints committed 12 penalties for 90 yards. Half of these offenses produced the first Falcon trials and four extensions of the third or fourth descent.
It remains 9:01 am J.T. Gray, who blocked a punt in Chicago in Week 7, committed a 15-yard run, crushing the penalty kicker to try to block another. Younghoe Koo posted a 48-yard field goal, burrowing Atlanta's lead at 23-9.
Falcons: The half off Devonta Freeman left with a foot injury. Defensive back Damontae Kazee was neat after being attacked to Saints Latavius Murray's midfielder in the third quarter. Hooper limped at the beginning of the fourth quarter. … Security Kemal Ishmael was treated on the ground in the last minutes but walked up to the sideline.
Saints: Marshon Lattimore cornerback was injured in the thigh and goalkeeper Andrus Peat was injured on the arm in the first half.
Falcons: Visit Carolina Sunday for the first game of the season between the opponents of NFC South.
Saints: Head to Tampa Bay on Sunday, looking for a season sweep of the Buccaneers.
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