New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons: How they scored

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes a catch for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes a catch for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

First quarter

FALCONS: Michael Turner 3 run at 11:09 (Matt Bryant kick). DRIVE: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:51. KEY PLAYS: Turner 35-yard run on second play of drive to the Saints’ 36. Jacquizz Rodgers back-to-back 14-yard runs to the Saints’ 3 to set up the touchdown. Falcons 7, Saints 0.

Second quarter

FALCONS: Tony Gonzalez 17 pass from Matt Ryan at 14:08 (Bryant kick). DRIVE: 5-49-2:28. KEY PLAY: Ryan 18-yard pass to Julio Jones to the Saints’ 16. Falcons 14, Saints 0.

FALCONS: Bryant 45 field goal at 8:53. DRIVE: 4-2-0:51. KEY PLAY: Drive set up on interception and 6-yard return to the Saints’ 29 by linebacker Sean Weatherspoon after a Drew Brees pass goes off the hands of running back Chris Ivory. Falcons 17, Saints 0.

SAINTS: Mark Ingram 1 run at 3:17 (Garrett Hartley kick). DRIVE: 11-80-5:35. KEY PLAYS: Brees 32-yard pass to Lance Moore on third-and-9 to the Falcons’ 47. Colston 12-yard reception on third-and-8 to the 33. Neutral zone infraction on Kroy Biermann gives Saints a first down at the Falcons’ 21 after third-and-3 pass is incomplete. Pierre Thomas 9-yard run to the 1. Falcons 17, Saints 7.

Third quarter

SAINTS: Hartley 21 field goal at 8:24. DRIVE: 15-83-6:36. KEY PLAYS: Runs of 11 and 13 yards by Thomas. Brees 10-yard pass to Darren Sproles on third-and-9 to the Falcons’ 25. Jimmy Graham 17-yard pass from Brees to the Falcons’ 7. Falcons 17, Saints 10.

SAINTS: Hartley 52 field goal at 3:53. DRIVE: 8-36-2:49. KEY PLAYS: Drive starts with Brees 12-yard pass to Moore to the Saints’ 42. Thomas back-to-back 8-yard runs, the first on third-and-2 at midfield to keep the drive going. Falcons 17, Saints 13.

Fourth quarter

FALCONS: Bryant 29 field goal at 14:48. DRIVE: 7-30-2:50. KEY PLAYS: Drive set up on William Moore interception and 16-yard return to the Saints’ 41. Ryan 18-yard pass to Gonzalez to the Saints’ 24. Roddy White 20-yard catch to the Saints’ 4. Falcons 20, Saints 13.

FALCONS: Bryant 55 field goal at 4:25. DRIVE: 11-43-5:38. KEY PLAYS: Ryan-to-Gonzalez 14-yard pass to the Falcons’ 38. Jones 11-yard catch to the Saints’ 39. Falcons 23, Saints 13.

FINAL SCORE: Falcons 23-13

RECORDS: Saints 5-7, Falcons 11-1

ATTENDANCE: 70,514

Sheldon Mickles