News

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.

___

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment, Weird

‘Frozen’ wedding gown for brides who can’t ‘Let it Go’

Fresh
frozen

Brides everywhere can soon get married in true Disney fairytale style.

in National, World

Obama vows not to fight another ground war in Iraq

Fresh
islamicstate

Support for ISIS increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages, senior officials say.

in Sports

NFL back on the road with extra game in London

Fresh
nfl

The NFL roadshow rolls into London again next week for the first of three games designed to build its international fan base.

in Entertainment

Taylor Swift leads ‘best dressed’ list

Fresh
taylorswift

The annual list of celebrity style icons includes Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o, Rihanna, and Blake Shelton.

in Local Sports

Cougars release 2015 football schedule

Fresh
wsu cougars washington state univeristy pac 12 football martin stadium crowd

Wazzu will play six home games in 2015, including four against Pac-12 opponents.