Week 1: New Orleans Saints 23, Atlanta Falcons 17- Post Game Thoughts

As expected, the Saints got a big boost in confidence with their regular head coach Sean Payton on the sidelines.  This game was back and forth early, and it was 20-17 late.  A Garrett Hartley field goal left the door open for Matt Ryan to drive for the game-winning touchdown with just over three minutes remaining in the game.  Normally very effective in these situations, Ryan was able to drive the team down into the red zone and all the way to the New Orleans 3 yard line before he threw a game ending interception to the #15 pick of the 2013 draft, Kenny Vaccaro.  For Saints fans, it is encouraging to see their young player make a big play at a big moment in a big game.  For Falcons fans, this game hurts and is eerily similar to the game that these two teams played last year down in New Orleans (where the Saints made a goal-line stand to win it).  For whatever reason, the Saints have the Falcons number over the past few years and continue to hold the upper hand as the 2013 season begins.  What a difference a year makes, huh?  Last season the Who Dat Nation was yearning for the return of their head coach and had to suffer through a disappointing season with a defense that was historically bad.  Now, at the conclusion of Week 1 in 2013, the Saints are all alone in first place in the NFC South and were able to rely on their defense to shut a game down.  Oh, and by the way, Sean Payton is back.  That alone makes this team much better.

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