NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - The home field advantage is returning for the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Drew Brews had a field day throwing the football and he guided New Orleans past Atlanta 31-21. That's back-to-back wins by New Orleans in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, following a win over Dallas two weeks ago.
Brees completed 30-of-39 pass attempts for 312 yards and one touchdown. When the Saints needed a big play, Brees found tight end Ben Watson. The veteran tight end had a record-setting night with 10 catches for 127 yards and a 2-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. That TD gave the Saints a 24-7.
Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is feeling a sigh of relief. His defense entered the Thursday night clash, last in the league. His Saintly crew came through with an outstanding performance, pressuring Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. He ended the night with 30-of-44 completions for 295 yards and two touchdowns.
Before the game CBS featured a story on Steve Gleason. Nine years ago the Saints beat the Falcons in the first game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. Gleason was a special teams standout and blocked a punt by Atlanta and helped propel New Orleans to a victory. There's a statue outside the Mercedes Benz Superdome that honors Gleason and the blocked punt.
Wouldn't you know it....linebacker Michael Mauti, a native of Mandeville and the son of former New Orleans Saints special teams standout player Rich Mauti, blocked a Falcons punt and recovered the football in the end zone that gave the Saints a 14-0 advantage in the first quarter.
Atlanta was its worst enemy, turning the ball over twice in the red zone.
The Saints improve to 2 and 4 on the season, while the Falcons fall to 5 and 1.
New Orleans travels to Indianapolis next Sunday at high noon.