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y of one of the NFL's wildest rivalries Terron Armstead Jersey , the New Orleans Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons in a 43-37 overtime thriller. Even though the Saints moved to 2-1 by winning a key divisional battle on the road, they were far from flawless. Cornerbacks (using that term loosely) P.J. Williams and Ken Crawley attempted to get Falcons rookie wideout Calvin Ridley inducted into the Hall of Fame on the strength of one performance (7 catches, 146 yards and 3 touchdowns) due to their pathetic and inept play. The team had 11 penalties for 120 yards, two on plays that would have ended Falcon drives but instead led directly to touchdowns. The defense failed to force a turnover for the second time in three games, and poor pass coverage (bad enough to warrant a second mention) allowed quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 374 yards and five scores. The talent and sheer will of the Saints offensive stars won the day, rolling for 21 1st downs, 268 yards, and 20 points in the 4th quarter and overtime alone. Here were some of the Saints biggest stars from this heart pounding win. Drew Brees Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty ImagesMidway through the second quarter, Brees completed a precisely thrown pass to Michael Thomas, who took the ball upfield for a 17-yd. gain. The connection was Brees' 6,301st completion in his illustrious career, surpassing the all-time NFL completion record held by Brett Favre. For the afternoon, he completed 39 of his 49 attempts (79.6%) for 396 yards and 3 touchdown passes with no interceptions and getting sacked just once. While his precision strikes tore apart the depleted Atlanta defense all afternoon, it was the legs and heart of the 39-yr. old quarterback that put the final two daggers into the heart of the Saints longtime rivals. With just over a minute to play, Brees culminated an 11 play, 81-yd. drive by scrambling to his left, bouncing and spinning off two defenders and diving in for a seven yard touchdown run to tie the game and send it to overtime. Then on the first drive of the extra period, he led them on a 15 play 80-yd. march, completing 8 of 10 passes in the process. From the Atlanta 1-yd. line, Brees bullied his way into the end zone for his fifth score of the day, clinching one of the most entertaining wins in franchise history. More history awaits Brees, as he now sits just 418 yards away from passing Peyton Manning as the NFL's all-time leading passer. Congratulations to one of the best quarterbacks to have ever played. Saints defensive line Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsThe defensive line was the lone bright spot of another rough defensive day for New Orleans. Cameron Jordan had another big day against an Atlanta team he has made a habit of torturing, sacking Ryan twice and totaling five tackles in his 100th consecutive start. Sheldon Rankins continues to play well, registering 2 tackles for loss and pushing the Falcons pass pocket back on numerous occasions early. Rookie Marcus Davenport is playing better each week, and recorded his first sack as a pro. David Onyemata, Jay Bromley, and Taylor Stallworth all held up well at the point of attack against the run, along with a few quarterback pressures. Alex Okafor was quiet on the stat sheet, but blocked a Falcons punt in the 3rd quarter that led to a big touchdown. The Saints play up front helped hold Atlanta to just 2.2 yards per rush on 22 attempts Cameron Jordan Jersey Salute to Service , and totaled six tackles for loss. Alvin Kamara Jason Getz-USA TODAY SportsThe Saints ran the ball better than at any other time this season without Mark Ingram, rushing the ball for 143 yards on 27 carries. Kamara had his best rushing output of the year, carrying the ball 16 times for 66 yards, an average of 4.1 per carry. New Orleans had success attacking off tackle and outside with Kamara, rather than inside, getting their elusive weapon in space. He was also again a key part of the passing game, along with Thomas. Kamara caught 15 passes, second highest total for a running back in league history, for 124 yards. Although Kamara's touches may decrease slightly when Ingram returns, he had 31 touches for 190 yards in this one, he has shown the ability to be a key every down weapon. One that defensive game plans are built around trying to contain. Michael Thomas Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesThomas entered the game as the NFL record holder for most receptions (28) after two games. After 10 catches for 129 yards, Thomas now holds the league record for the most receptions in league history after three games.Brees has confidence in his third year wideout against any coverage, and Thomas rarely goes down after initial contact, constantly fighting his way up the field for key yardage. Six of his ten targets in this game resulted in first downs, and no defense has yet to contain him. Although other Saints targets finally got involved in the offensive success, particularly tight end Benjamin Watson, who had five big receptions for 71 yards, it was still Thomas and Kamara who were the focal points. Neither reached the end zone for the first time this season, but they did account for 59% of New Orleans' offensive output. Taysom Hill, Austin Carr, Cameron Meredith, Josh Hill, and Zach Line all made key plays during the game in addition to Watson, an area of concern that had limited the offense's diversity dating back to last season. The fact that the Saints put up 43 points without Kamara or Thomas crossing the goal line bodes well for New Orleans as they continue to struggle defending the pass. Make no mistake however, numbers 41 and 13 are among the most feared offensive players in the league, and will continue to team with their record setting quarterback to give the Saints a distinct edge whenever they take the field. The slow-starting Eagles will see their season end much quicker than they anticipated if their latest performance is any indication.Another dismal first-quarter doomed Philadelphia in a 48-7 loss to the streaking New Orleans Saints on Sunday 鈥?the most-lopsided loss ever by a defending Super Bowl champion.The Eagles (4-6) face a tough road just to make the playoffs. Although they trail NFC East-leading Washington by only two games, their latest showing was a particularly deflating one.None of their first five losses was by more than seven points. This one approached the franchise-record 62-10 loss to the New York Giants in 1972."When you get kicked in the face like we did, it's going to make you go back and look at yourself," offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. "I hope it hurts everybody because I don't want to be a part of this again."Carson Wentz Michael Thomas Jersey Salute to Service , who had labeled it a must win, was 1 for 5 for 10 yards with an interception by the start of the second quarter. Philadelphia, which entered with an NFL-low 21 points in the first quarter, did not pick up a first down on its opening two series.Wentz threw his first interception on the second play of the next possession 鈥?a deep ball into double coverage that cornerback Marshon Lattimore grabbed.The Eagles trailed 17-0 after each team had the ball three times."I pride myself in coming out swinging early," Wentz said. "We need to be locked in, but just haven't made enough plays. It's frustrating."Almost nothing went right for the Eagles, who had 196 yards of offense and were even worse defensively. The Saints scored on touchdown drives of 86, 84 and 84 yards to end the first half, reached the end zone on their first three possessions of the second half and finished with 546 yards.New Orleans' last touchdown came on 37-yard, fourth-down pass from Drew Brees to running back Alvin Kamara in the fourth quarter. A shot-play at that point seemed unnecessary, but several Eagles said they did not take offense at the continued aggressiveness."I'm not going to pick and choose plays," defensive end Chris Long said. "We were disrespectful to ourselves to put that effort forward. I haven't gotten my (butt) kicked like that in a long time."The Eagles had one brief ray of hope, cutting their deficit to 17-7 on rookie Josh Adams' 28-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and forcing a three-and-out on the Saints' next series. But New Orleans defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins burst up the middle and sacked Wentz on third down from the Saints' 46, forcing a punt.Philadelphia did not cross midfield again until its final drive."We were trying to be aggressive and take a shot down the field," Wentz said. "They played a good coverage and I just didn't get it out there."Making matters worse, Philadelphia's injury-riddled secondary lost two more players. The Eagles already were playing without starting cornerbacks Ronald Darby, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL last week, and Jalen Mills, who was scratched Sunday with a foot injury.Against the Saints, they lost safety Avonte Maddox to a knee injury in the first quarter. Cornerback Rasul Douglas then left with a knee injury in the third quarter."Every time you turn around, somebody's on the ground," Long said.With successive divisional games against the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys coming up, the Eagles expressed hope they'd have time to turn around the season."The product we're putting out there is not up to our standards," said Wentz, who threw three interceptions and did not have a completion of more than 19 yards. "I'm not playing to my standards, but we know the talent we have and the chemistry we have."They exhibited none of those attributes Sunday."We can't dwell on it for seven days and let it impact next Sunday's performance," tight end Zach Ertz said. "The only thing we can do right now is get on to the Giants and not let this single game lead to a spiral." Custom Miami Dolphins Jerseys

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