Thursday, November 29, 2012
Halftime thoughts: Saints-Falcons
By Pat Yasinskas
ATLANTA -- New Orleans is losing, 17-7, to the Falcons, but the Saints could be in danger of losing something else significant.
Drew Brees' streak of games with a touchdown pass is in jeopardy. Brees appeared to have a touchdown pass to Darren Sproles near the end of the first half, but the score was wiped out as tight end Jimmy Graham was called for offensive pass interference. That play was a big reason why the Saints weren’t able to pull within three points, despite putting together a nice drive at the end of the half.
Still, the Saints, who will receive the second-half kickoff are back in the game. The game -- and their playoff hopes -- seemed to be headed out the window as the Falcons took a 17-0 lead.
But Atlanta got a little conservative on offense and the defense started letting the Saints get some big plays.
With the NFC South’s two biggest rivals going at it, this one is far from over.
I’ll be back with Rapid Reaction soon after the game ends and will follow that up with a full column after I go downstairs for postgame interviews.