Saints stutter to victory

  • Last Updated: November 22 2013, 8:19 GMT

Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes as the New Orleans Saints clung on to beat the Atlanta Falcons 17-13.

Drew Brees: Inspired his side to victory
Drew Brees: Inspired his side to victory

Brees completed 23-of-33 passes for 278 yards, while Jimmy Graham made 100 yards off five receptions to guide the Saints to a ninth win this season.

However the New Orleans defence more than played their part in the success, with Cameron Jordan (2.5 sacks) leading the way.

Things had started badly for the NFC South leaders as Steven Jackson rushed over from a yard to give the faltering Falcons an early lead.

Brees, though, tied matters when he connected with Benjamin Watson from a yard.

Matt Bryant kicked the Falcons back in front with a 39-yard field goal before the Saints edged into a lead that they wouldn't lose.

Brees found Graham with a 44-yard TD pass to make it 14-10, although Bryant's second field goal gave the Falcons hope heading into the second half.

Garrett Hartley's 41-yard field goal restored the Saints' four-point cushion, however Atlanta (2-9) had a chance to cause an upset.

The Falcons managed to drive to the 29-yard line but the Saints defence turned up the pressure, while Bryant was off-target with his field goal attempt.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan finished with 292 yards from 30 completed passes.

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