The Falcons fell to the New Orleans Saints in another disappointing showing on Monday Night by a score of 34-14. The Falcons defense did little to slow the Saints offense and also had minimal success offensively.
Chris Redman got his first NFL start in over five years and completed 23 of 40 passes for 298 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Jerious Norwood led a paltry Falcons ground attack with 6 carries for 21 yards. Warrick Dunn added 6 carries for 3 yards, and Jason Snelling had 3 attempts for 9 yards. Michael Jenkins led receivers with 9 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. Roddy White caught Redman’s first scoring strike, scoring from 33 yards in the first quarter. He finished the game with 3 catches for 75 yards.
Defensively, the Falcons gave up 473 total yards, including 328 yards in the air. The Saints converted 7 of 10 third down attempts and amassed 301 total yards in the first half. Demorrio Williams led tacklers with 8 stops. Chris Houston (7 tackles), Keith Brooking (7 tackles, 1 pass defended), Lawyer Milloy (7 tackles), Montavious Stanley (5 tackles), Chris Crocker (4 tackles), Michael Boley (4 tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble), and DeAngelo Hall (4 tackles, 1 pass defended) had noteworthy performances.
On special teams, Michael Koenen had 6 punts for an average of 47 yards, placing 4 inside the 20-yard line. Jerious Norwood had 3 kickoff returns for an average of 24.3 yards, and Adam Jenings had 2 punt returns for an average of 3 yards.
Next week the Falcons will face another division rival in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week. The Falcons struggled against the Bucs in a Week 11 loss by a score of 31-7 but hope to have better luck this time around. The Falcons have split their last 4 matchups with the Buccaneers on the road, with their most recent win coming in 2006.