Saints 31, Falcons 13

Sunday, November 26th 2006, 3:26 pm
By: News On 6

ATLANTA (AP) The New Orleans Saints managed to catch 2 long touchdown passes, even though their best receiver wasn't on the field.

The Atlanta Falcons couldn't catch anything.

Drew Brees threw a 76-yard touchdown to Devery Henderson on the third play of the game, then lofted a 48-yarder to Terrance Copper on the final play of the 1st half, leading the Saints past the bumbling Falcons 31-13 on Sunday.

New Orleans bounced back from losing 3 of 4, boosted its playoff hopes and delivered a crushing blow to an NFC West rival. The Saints (7-4) won without rookie star Marques Colston, who didn't dress because of a sprained ankle.

It helped to be playing the Falcons (5-6), who really had no one but themselves to blame for their fourth straight loss. Even though Michael Vick ran for 166 yards, Atlanta couldn't overcome 5 dropped passes and a shocking defensive breakdown just before halftime.