Falcons rush by Saints, New Orleans falls to 0-3

September 26, 2016 | Updated: 1:21 p.m., September 27, 2016

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 26: Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

8 days after a stellar performance in New York, the Saints defense reverted to its old ways.

The result: Falcons 45, Saints 32. The Saints are 0-3 for the second straight season. The Saints have now won 4 of their last 15 home games, and are 0-2 at home this season.

Saints head coach Sean Payton said his team doesn’t have much margin for error. And, he said a first quarter muffed punt by De’Vante Harris that set up Atlanta’s first touchdown was a huge play in the game.

Atlanta's Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 152 yards. Freeman also caught 5 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Atlanta jumped out to a 35-17 lead in the third quarter on a 6 yard touchdown by Tevin Coleman. But the Saints rallied on a 3 yard run by John Kuhn and the subsequent two point conversion run by Mark Ingram.

The Saints, trailing 38-25, were driving again early in the 4th quarter. But, a Drew Brees' pass was tipped and intercepted by Jesuit and LSU's Deoin Jones. Jones raced 90 yards to the end zone to give the Falcons a 45-25 lead.


Atlanta rushed 31 times for 217 yards, an average of 7.0 yards per carry.

Drew Brees completed 36 of 54 passes for 376 yards, 3 touchdown passes, and an interception.