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Brees throws 2 TDs, Saints beat Falcons

Brees throws 2 TDs, Saints beat Falcons

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Mel Evans

PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes and the New Orleans Saints overcame a lackluster offensive showing, holding off the Atlanta Falcons 17-13 Thursday night.

Brees hooked up with Jimmy Graham on a 44-yard touchdown and Benjamin Watson on a 1-yard scoring play, both in the first half and good enough to give the first-place Saints (9-2) a sweep of the season series with their NFC South rivals.

Atlanta (2-9) dropped its fifth straight game, ensured its first losing season since 2007 and was officially eliminated from the division race with five weeks remaining.

The Falcons had a chance to pull off the upset, driving to the Saints 29 with less than 3 minutes to go. But New Orleans turned up the pressure on Matt Ryan, Atlanta missed a long field goal, and the Saints ran off all but the last 5 seconds.

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