Colston’s fail in OT hands Falcons 37-34 win

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ATLANTA — Marques Colston slammed his helmet to a turf, afterwards brushed off a New Orleans Saints teammate who attempted to console him.

Not prolonged after, he trudged to a locker room while a Atlanta Falcons celebrated.

Colston’s fail on a second play of overtime set adult Matt Bryant’s 52-yard domain goal, giving a Falcons a 37-34 feat over a Saints in another thriller between a NFC South rivals Sunday.

Bryant kicked a 51-yarder on a final play of law to extend a game, that featured 17 points in a final 2:50 of a fourth quarter.

But a Saints will remember this one for Colston’s miscue. After throwing a pass over a core that was good adequate for a initial down, he had a round nude from behind by Atlanta reserve William Moore.

Joplo Bartu fell on it during a Saints 38, radically putting a Falcons in domain idea operation though carrying to do anything. They netted 4 yards on 3 regressive plays and let Bryant win it.

“Every once in a while, we get in one of these games where a measure goes behind and forth,” New Orleans manager Sean Payton said. “The smallest of details, generally in overtime, magnifies any small mistake.”

Colson had 5 catches for 110 yards, including a 57-yarder.

“He’s won a lot of games for us,” Payton said. “When we get into overtime, it’s not usually one play. It’s a array of plays.”

Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead a Falcons, even display some frequency used mobility. He scrambled 3 times for 15 yards and dodged a Saints’ vigour many of a day, going down usually one time after holding a career-high 44 sacks final season.

“He’s played a lot of games, done a lot of plays for us,” manager Mike Smith said. “But we was unequivocally tender with his ability to extend some plays by relocating around in a pocket. And he was very, really accurate. When we have (568 yards) of sum offense and 448 by a air, your quarterback is personification well.”

Ryan pennyless a group flitting record of 431 yards set by Chris Chandler in 2001, and also eclipsed a Atlanta symbol for career TD passes. Ryan is now during 156, violation a record of 154 hold by Steve Bartkowski.

“Matt was calm, cold and collected,” core Joe Hawley said. “He never flinched. Every time they would score, he would usually go behind out there and demeanour during it as another event to score.”

Rallying from a span of 13-point deficits, a Falcons flog New Orleans for usually a fourth time in their final 17 meetings. This one was quite honeyed for Atlanta entrance off a miserable 4-12 season, a initial losing debate given 2007.

“We are perplexing to redeem ourselves for final year,” Bartu said. “We’re perplexing to urge and this was large for us, for a movement and everything.”

The Falcons (1-0) went forward on Jacquizz Rodgers’ gorgeous 17-yard run with 2:50 remaining. The petite behind cut this approach and that for a 31-27 lead.

Back came Drew Brees and a Saints (0-1), wanting usually 90 seconds to go 71 yards. Mark Ingram powered over from a 3 for his second touchdown to make it 34-31 with 1:20 left.

That was adequate time for Ryan. He finished 3 passes on a restraining drive, a large one a 21-yarder to Devin Hester that set adult Bryant’s restraining kick.

Hester, famous mostly as a lapse specialist, showed he’s still got some skills as a receiver. After not throwing even one pass for Chicago final season, a 31-year-old had 5 receptions for 99 yards.

Brees threw for 333 yards, though was picked off in a finish section after a Saints gathering to a Atlanta 14 in a third quarter.

The Saints scored on all 4 first-half possessions, operative first-round collect Brandin Cooks right into their already energetic offense. He hauled in a 3-yard pass that pushed New Orleans to a 20-7 lead.

Atlanta cut it to 20-10 going into a break, interjection to a shining leaping locate by Roddy White for a 39-yard benefit on a next-to-last play of a half. Bryant booted a 40-yard domain idea that gave a Falcons a bit of momentum.

NOTES: Cooks finished with 7 receptions for 77 yards. … The Falcons mislaid rookie LT Jake Matthews with a left ankle damage on a next-to-last play of a initial half. … Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson all had some considerable runs for a Saints. … For a 10th time in a final 13 meetings, a domain between a teams was 8 points or less.

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