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2-1, 2nd in NFC South
Brees brings out the best in weapons (1:00)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Today's Saints-Falcons game was the first since at least 1950 in which both starting quarterbacks scored at least 40 fantasy points.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Checked with Elias -- the NFC South's 223 combined points through the first three intradivisional games is the highest combined point total for ANY division's first three intradivisional games since the 1970 merger. The previous record was 213 by the NFC South in 2016.

Brees grateful for NFL completions record (1:45)
Brees dives into end zone to tie game, scores winner in OT (0:41)
Brees dives for game-winning TD (0:23)
Brees spins and dives for game-tying TD (0:47)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees' second TD run of the day -- a leap from the one-half yard line -- gives the Saints a 43-37 overtime win over the Falcons in one of the wildest games in the history of this longtime rivalry. The Saints overcame their shaky pass defense with a classic offensive explosion. Brees threw for 396 yards and three TDs (while also setting the NFL record for career completions). Alvin Kamara gained a total of 190 yards on 31 touches (including 15 catches). And WR Michael Thomas caught 10 more passes for 129 yards.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Of course the Saints and Falcons are heading to overtime in a back-and-forth 37-37 track meet full of crazy big plays. Credit the Saints' embattled defense for forcing the Falcons to punt on their final drive when a field goal could have won it. They got consistent pressure on Matt Ryan, including a big hit by LB A.J. Klein on a blitz to force an incomplete pass on third down.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

This Saints-Falcons game is so crazy that Drew Brees just tied the game with a 7-yard TD run. Brees spun out of a tackle attempt by CB Brian Poole just inside the 5-yard line when Poole was unable to make a fairly routine tackle. Atlanta gets the ball back with 1:09 remaining and the game tied 37-37.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Penalties are killing the Saints almost as much as their pass defense. They had forced Atlanta to settle for a field goal -- but DT David Onyemata was flagged for a personal foul for hitting the center in the helmet. So the Falcons got a fresh set of downs, and Matt Ryan threw his fifth TD pass of the game to Mohamed Sanu (a personal best for Ryan). The Saints have 11 penalties for 120 yards. Atlanta leads 37-30 with 6:53 remaining.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints do-everything QB Taysom Hill came up with one of the biggest plays of the game -- a 35-yard run as the option QB on third-and-short (with Drew Brees split out wide as the receiver). The Saints have been figuring out more and more creative ways to use their athletic QB, who excelled in special teams coverage last year and has now become their leading kickoff returner. The drive ended with a 1-yard TD pass from Brees to fullback Zach Line on fourth down. New Orleans leads Atlanta 30-29 with 9:59 remaining in a game full of momentum swings.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints get a huge play on special teams to shift the momentum (again) -- a blocked punt by DE Alex Okafor to set up an eventual 11-yard TD pass from Drew Brees to Cameron Meredith. The TD catch was Meredith's first catch with the Saints after he was a healthy inactive during the first two games. New Orleans leads Atlanta 23-21 with 6:02 remaining in the third quarter. Lots of twists and turns still to come in this one.

Brees passes Favre in career completions (0:18)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Things going from bad to worse for the Saints' embattled secondary. Nickel CB Patrick Robinson -- one of their top free-agent additions -- was carted off the field with an unspecified injury. Then on the next play, Falcons QB Matt Ryan and rookie WR Calvin Ridley connected on their third TD pass of the game. Ryan scrambled and had all day to throw before Ridley eventually broke open. Only safety Marcus Williams was in the vicinity.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints are winning 16-14 at halftime. But they can't shake their problem of allowing explosive plays on defense – this time a 75-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan to Calvin Ridley. Entering the game, the Saints were the only team in the NFL that allowed three passing plays of 47-plus yards. And they had allowed six passes of 35-plus yards (two more than any team in the league).

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Two bad drops by Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. in the first half today. The second one would have been a first down on a third-and-15 play. Instead the Saints had to punt the ball back to Atlanta with 1:36 remaining before halftime.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons QB Matt Ryan continues his relentless attack on Saints CB P.J. Williams (who replaced struggling CB Ken Crawley as a starter this week). Ryan threw a 75-yard TD pass to rookie WR Calvin Ridley, who now has five catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees broke Brett Favre's NFL record for career completions with No. 6,301 in the second quarter Sunday at Atlanta. Brees broke the record with a 17-yard completion to receiver Michael Thomas in the second quarter – continuing his hot start to the game (the drive resulted in a field goal, giving New Orleans a 13-7 lead with 3:06 remaining in the first half. Brees has completed 17 of 21 passes for 191 yards and a TD.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints rookie first-round draft pick Marcus Davenport got his first career sack Sunday to force a punt on third-and-6 in the second quarter against Atlanta. Davenport stunted inside and pushed his way through standout center Alex Mack to hit QB Matt Ryan. Davenport, who has been a rotational backup so far, also played well last week.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints made a change at CB this week, and the Falcons took advantage -- completing back-to-back passes to rookie WR Calvin Ridley against Saints CB P.J. Williams to tie the score 7-7. The Saints replaced struggling starter Ken Crawley with Williams this week. But Falcons QB Matt Ryan targeted Williams on a 15-yard completion to Ridley on third-and-10, followed immediately by an 18-yard TD pass.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints offense came out firing on all cylinders after a sloppy performance in Week 2. They took a 7-0 lead at Atlanta with a six-play, 75-yard TD drive that lasted just 3 minutes, 15 seconds. It started with three straight first downs (a 35-yard pass to Michael Thomas, a 17-yard run by Alvin Kamara and an 11-yard Kamara run). It ended with a 4-yard TD pass from Drew Brees to Ted Ginn Jr. on third down.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees is about to make some serious history over the next few weeks. He needs 14 completions today at Atlanta to break Brett Favre's all-time NFL record of 6,300. And he is on pace to break Peyton Manning's record of 71,940 career passing yards in Week 5.

Team Stats

Passing Yards322.54th
Rushing Yards52.532nd
Points For30.56th
Points Against33.030th

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