NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Inspired by a 10th anniversary "Domecoming," the Saints came out red-hot on offense in the first half against the Falcons. Unfortunately for Who-Dat fans, so did Atlanta's "O."
The Falcons racked up 216 yards of total offense, taking the 28-17 lead at halftime. Matt Ryan found Justin Hardy for a four-yard score doubling the Saints right before half. Will Lutz responded with a 57-yard field goal.
Matt Ryan was 15-20 passing, 137 yards, and two TD passes.
On the Saints' first drive, Drew Brees was clinical in his passing. A flea-flicker to Brandon Coleman went for 28 yards. The drive ended with a Brees-to-Coby Fleener two-yard touchdown connection. The score gave Brees over 25,000 yards passing at the Superdome with the Saints.
Those good vibes were erased quickly by a muffed punt by De'Vante Harris. The Falcons capitalized with a two-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman. The Saints mishap and score tied the contest at seven.
The Falcons offense kept powering on in the second quarter. Ryan to Devonta Freeman for a 13-yard touchdown gave the Dirty Birds a 14-7 advantage.
The Saints responded on the very next drive, Brees to Michael Thomas for a three-yard hook up, tied things at 14. It was Thomas' first career touchdown. Falcons special teams kept the drive going with a roughing the punter penalty.
The Saints finished with 196 yards of offense in the first half.