1:00 PM ET, November 11, 2012
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Jimmy Graham helps Saints end rival Falcons' bid for perfect season
NEW ORLEANS -- The Atlanta Falcons can forget about perfection, thanks to their resurgent rivals from the City that Care Forgot.Of all the teams to end Atlanta's unbeaten run, it had to be the New Orleans Saints. And it had to be a memorable, drama-filled game that left the Falcons frustrated by the 1 meager yard they could not get to take a lead inside the final 2 minutes of a 31-27 loss Sunday.
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Gonzalez Joins Century Club
Tony Gonzalez caught two touchdown passes Sunday in the Falcons' loss, becoming the eighth player in NFL history with 100 career receiving touchdowns. He the only tight end in NFL history with even 80 touchdowns.
100 career receiving TDs
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Ivory's 56-yard run was the longest from scrimmage by a Saint since Oct. 8, 2006, when McAllister ran 57 yards vs. Tampa Bay. ... Ivory's previous career-long run was a 55-yard score at Cincinnati in 2010. ... Brees has now passed for touchdowns in 52 straight games, extending an NFL record he set earlier this season. ... Julio Jones missed much of the first half after an undisclosed leg injury, but returned in the second half. ... Gonzalez now has 101 career TDs, one of only eight players ever with 100 or more. ... All 55 of Colston's TD passes were thrown by Brees, tying the tandem for ninth with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice with San Francisco and Dan Marino and Mark Duper with Miami.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.4||7.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-0||0-0|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||11:43||Mike Johnson 1 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:22
|FG||9:24||Matt Bryant 37 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yds, 2:07
|TD||7:03||Chris Ivory 56 Yard Run (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 78 yds, 2:30
|TD||13:33||Jimmy Graham 29 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 90 yds, 5:23
|TD||6:32||Tony Gonzalez 2 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 7:06
|TD||0:40||Jimmy Graham 14 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yds, 1:43
|TD||9:27||Marques Colston 7 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 81 yds, 3:31
|TD||13:32||Tony Gonzalez 6 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 91 yds, 5:46
|FG||9:12||Matt Bryant 20 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 67 yds, 2:42
|FG||5:59||Garrett Hartley 31 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 67 yds, 3:14
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was the primary weapon in the New Orleans passing game. Graham finished with a season-high 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns, with all eight targets coming at least six yards downfield and gaining more yards after the catch Sunday than in his previous eight games combined.[+]
Jimmy Graham Receiving on Throws Longer than 5 Yards, This Season
Atlanta passed on nine of its 13 goal-to-go chances against the Saints, including its 4th-and-2 play with 1:46 remaining in the game. The Falcons turned to the pass because Michael Turner gained -2 yards on four goal-to-go rushes against the Saints. On the season, Turner has just three touchdowns on 17 goal-to-go rushes.
Matt Ryan began the game 9-of-9 for 114 yards and a touchdown before Julio Jones went down with an ankle injury with 4:51 remaining in the 1st quarter. Jones returned in the middle of the third quarter, but the Saints had built an 11-point lead in his absence that proved too large to overcome.[+]
Tony Gonzalez caught his 100th and 101st career touchdown passes, becoming the eighth player in NFL history with 100 receiving touchdowns in his career.[+]
ESPN Stats & Information