New Orleans, La. - Drew Brees passed for 347 yards and two touchdowns but ultimately it was the Saints defense that came up big to win the week one contest against the Falcons.
The following are some of Brees' comments to the media after the game, as transcribed by the New Orleans Saints:
(On what went through his mind during the last play) "I'm getting ready for two minute. I'm preparing myself to have to go back out there with the amount of time left and one timeout and getting us down there to kick the field goal and win the game. That's what I'm preparing for. They (defense) did an exceptional job all day long. They put pressure on the quarterback all day long and put them in some difficult situations. Our defense was great on third down. They made some big spots when they really needed to. It was very reminiscent of last year (Atlanta game in New Orleans) with the same result. It was a great team win. It seems like this is the typical score range when we play Atlanta. It's in the mid-20's. Both sides of the ball are making plays. It comes down to the turnover battle. We need to score more touchdowns when we get into the red zone. Eight of the last 11 have come down to the last possession of the game. I think we know what to expect when we play these guys. That team is very well coached, disciplined and has a lot of playmakers. So do we and it makes for a great football game"
(On Marques Colston breaking the club's receiving record this afternoon) "I knew that he broke the record today, but I didn't know that it was on that touchdown pass. It was a critical play in the game. He made a great catch and got hit in the middle of the back. He came down with it. That was vintage Marques Colston. He came in here eight years ago as a seventh round draft pick. He didn't know if he was going to make the team coming out of OTA's. After training camp, he was our number one receiver and he hasn't looked back since. He's been the same guy every day. He comes in ready to work. He's a playmaker and I have the utmost confidence in him. He knows the ball is coming to him and he will make that play."
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