New Orleans Saints Top Atlanta Falcons After Classic 4th Quarter Comeback

New Orleans Saints Quarterback Jameis Winston had a comeback for the ages after a brief checkup in the medical tent, leading his team to a 27-26 win over the division rival Atlanta Falcons. Down 26-10 in the fourth quarter, the Saints stormed back and added another heartbreak to a long, long history of late-game woes for their NFC South rivals.

Winston was largely responsible for the Saints' early troubles, accounting for an embarrassing 24 yards passing and three sacks in a brutal first half. But Winston came alive in the fourth quarter after quelling brief injury concerns, leading the team to 17 unanswered points on his three final drives to steal the game away from the hard-luck Falcons. Free Agent wide receiver addition Jarvis Landry looked outstanding in his debut, hauling in seven catches for 114 yards, the returning Michael Thomas pitched in with a pair of touchdown receptions, and the Saints went home happy with an unforgettable win.
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The Falcons, on the other hand, are shaking their heads after another agonizing collapse. The team looked promising in the first half under new quarterback Marcus Mariota, but nothing can wash the stink off a defeat like this. Cordarelle Patterson still looked incredible at running back, rushing for 120 yards at 5.5 yards per carry, and eighth overall 2022 NFL Draft pick Drake London had a great debut by grabbing 5 catches for 74 yards, but it was all in vain. New year, same old Falcons.

The Saints can't celebrate long; they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week in a pivotal NFC South matchup. Meanwhile, the Falcons will get another chance to either redeem or humiliate themselves when they travel to face the Los Angeles Rams.
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