8:30 PM ET, September 25, 2006
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
NEW ORLEANS -- Just 90 seconds into a game that was a horrific year in the making, the New Orleans Saints flopped on a ball in the end zone -- and the party was on.The defense beat up Michael Vick. Tom Benson danced off the field with his parasol. Even "The Superdome Special" worked to perfection.
The Saints ended their
7-game losing streak on Monday Night Football but remain winless (0-5) on Monday night outside of New Orleans. The ledger of "Monday Night" futility:
|It was over when ...|
|John Carney drilled a 20-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 73-yard drive that burned 7½ minutes after the second-half kickoff. Carney's kick gave New Orleans an insurmountable 23-3 lead.||Game ball goes to ...|
|The residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region who were forever impacted by Hurricane Katrina's life-changing fury.||Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
On a very special Monday night in New Orleans, the Saints played off the electricity in the Superdome as they dominated the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach Sean Peyton continues to keep defenses off balance with his play calling and QB Drew Brees is managing the game effectively, while doing a great job of utilizing the supporting cast around him.
Defensively, Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs utilized his multiple attacking up-field schemes to disrupt the Falcons blocking patterns, which forced the Falcons into being a one-dimensional team through the air. The Saints' secondary was physical on the outside in disrupting the timing and rhythm of the Falcons passing attack, as the Saints continued to harass Vick with their four-man rush.
The Saints did a great job of anticipating routes on the back end with their disguise and reacted well in their match-up zones, which affected Vick throughout the game.
Andersen did connect on a 26-yard field goal for the Falcons' only points. ... Atlanta DE John Abraham missed his second straight game with a groin injury. ... Saints FB Mike Karney returned to the lineup after sitting out the previous week with a strained calf.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.9||5.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||1:30||Curtis Deloatch 0 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (John Carney Kick)||0||7|
|FG||5:19||Morten Andersen 26 Yd |
Drive: 9 plays, 65 yds, 3:49
|TD||12:06||Devery Henderson 11 Yd Run (John Carney Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:05
|FG||8:16||John Carney 37 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 66 yds, 5:05
|FG||15:00||John Carney 51 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 54 yds, 1:49
|FG||7:46||John Carney 20 Yd |
Drive: 12 plays, 73 yds, 7:46