Rapid Reaction: Falcons 27, Saints 24

September, 26, 2010
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NEW ORLEANS -- A little Rapid Reaction to Atlanta's 27-24 victory over New Orleans.

What it means: A shift in power in the NFC South? Well, it might be a little early to say that, but we’re going to discuss that topic in my postgame column. At very least, the Falcons showed they are a legitimate threat to the Saints.

Hero: Matt Bryant. This guy has had a rough couple of years on and off the field. But he's endured and he made a 46-yard field goal in overtime to win the game.

Goat: Garrett Hartley. He missed a very makeable field goal that would have given the Saints a victory.

Critical call: Pass interference on Jabari Greer. It came on a third-down play in overtime as Greer was called for interfering with Roddy White, who did not catch the ball. The call gave Atlanta a first down on the way to Bryant's field goal.

Unsung heroes: Atlanta’s offensive line. These guys don’t get much individual attention, but they went out there and beat up the New Orleans defense all day.

What I liked: This was a truly good football game and that’s rare in the NFL. There often are mismatches or teams play down to the level of the competition and settle for sloppy wins. None of that happened in the Superdome. This was one of the better all-around games I’ve seen in a long time.

What’s next: The Falcons host the San Francisco 49ers in the Georgia Dome. The Saints are home with Carolina.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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