NFL New Orleans Saints deal Atlanta Falcons first NFL loss

Benjamin Watson and Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints past the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL.

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The Atlanta Falcons suffered their first loss of the NFL season as Drew Brees and Benjamin Watson saw the New Orleans Saints to victory.

Saints tight end Watson finished with 10 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown in a 31-21 victory.

The Falcons had been playing with fire all season, winning four of their five games after trailing in the fourth quarter, but there was no such magic on Thursday.

Brees had 312 yards and a touchdown on 30 of 39 completed passes, while Matt Ryan threw two TD passes and had 295 yards.

The Saints (2-4) took the opening kick-off, then used up over five minutes with a 12-play, 80-yard drive punctuated by Mark Ingram's determined two-yard run.

Ingram powered through the grasp of linebacker Nate Stupar to get into the end zone.

A blocked punt led to a 14-0 lead for the Saints as Michael Mauti went four yards after stopping Matt Bosher's punt.

Atlanta finally got on the board in the second quarter with Roddy White's seven-yard touchdown catch.

The Saints added a 31-yard field goal through Zach Hocker in the third quarter to extend their lead.

Watson's two-yard touchdown grab made it a 24-7 Saints lead.

The Falcons cut it to a 10-point deficit on a 25-yard run from Devonta Freeman.

The NFL's rushing leader finished with 100 yards on 13 carries and eight catches for 56 yards with a late 13-yard touchdown reception.

Ingram, who had 46 yards on 20 carries, added a second touchdown to put the game out of reach with eight minutes remaining.

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