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Drew Brees' TD run in OT lifts Saints past Falcons 43-37

Sun Sep 23 5:09pm ET
By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

Players: Drew Brees, Matt Bryant, Matt Ryan, Ted Ginn Jr., Mohamed Sanu, Michael Thomas, Tevin Coleman, Wil Lutz, Alvin Kamara, Calvin Ridley

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates his touchdown with New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) leaps over the goal line for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during overtime of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. The New Orleans Saints won 43-37. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith (81) celebrates his touchdown with New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


New Orleans Saints linebacker Craig Robertson (52) picks up a loose ball after a Atlanta Falcons blocked punt during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


New Orleans Saints defensive back Justin Hardee (34) and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver (20) vie for a loose ball after a blocked punt during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith (81) heads to the end zone against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor (57) watches a blocked punt as Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher (5) hits the turf during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley (44) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a touchdown pass to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks with a coach during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


ATLANTA (AP) Drew Brees' 1-yard run capped an 80-yard touchdown drive to open overtime that lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 43-37 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Brees' score came after his apparent 3-yard TD pass to Alvin Kamara was overturned on a review that determined Kamara's knee was down before the goal line. Brees scored on a keeper on the following play, giving the Saints (2-1) the win on the day the 39-year-old quarterback set the NFL record for career completions.

Brees passed for 396 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores. Kamara had 15 catches for 124 yards and ran for 66 yards.

Brees' biggest play before the winner might have been his improbable 7-yard scoring run with 1:15 remaining that forced overtime. He ran to his left and then spun to avoid tackle attempts by Brian Poole and Robert Alford.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan had his first career game with five scoring passes, including three to rookie Calvin Ridley. That wasn't enough for the Falcons (1-2) against Brees and the high-scoring Saints, who gained 534 yards.

Ryan passed for 374 yards, including 146 to Ridley, who became the first Falcons rookie with three scoring catches. Ridley, who had seven receptions, including a 75-yard TD, had his first game with more than one touchdown reception in his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.

Ridley's third scoring catch against the Saints was a 9-yarder early in the third quarter that held up following a review.

Ryan's five touchdown passes tied the team record set by Wade Wilson on Dec. 13, 1992, at Tampa Bay.

The fifth went to Mohamed Sanu - followed by Ryan's 2-point conversion pass to Sanu - gave the Falcons a 37-30 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The scoring pass came after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was called for unnecessary roughness when Atlanta's Matt Bryant kicked a 29-yard field goal that would have given the Falcons a 32-30 lead. With the penalty, the Falcons' offense came back on the field.

Ridley beat P.J. Williams on his first two scoring catches, an 18-yarder in the first quarter and the 75-yarder in the second quarter.

The Saints made a defensive switch, moving Ken Crawley into coverage on Ridley. Crawley was called for pass interference on a deep incompletion to Ridley early in the third quarter that gave Atlanta a first down at the New Orleans 5. On second down from the 9, Ridley's third scoring catch gave the Falcons a 21-16 lead.

Williams' troubles continued when he was called for pass interference when trying to cover Sanu, and that flag set up another first down at the 5. Ryan's fourth scoring pass, to Tevin Coleman, made it 29-23.

With his 14th completed pass, Brees broke the record of 6,300 career completions set by Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Brees closed in on the mark early, completing his first four passes, including a 19-yard scoring pass to Ted Ginn Jr., on the Saints' opening drive.

The Falcons pulled even on Ryan's 18-yard touchdown pass to Ridley later in the opening quarter.

Brees set the career completions record with a 17-yard completion to Michael Thomas in the second quarter, giving him 6,301.

With a little more help from Ginn, Brees might have had a bigger first half. Ginn dropped a sideline pass on a drive that ended with a 49-yard field goal by Will Lutz bouncing off the left upright and over the cross bar. Later in the second quarter, Ginn juggled a pass for an incompletion as he ran out of bounds on the Atlanta sideline.

Ryan's 75-yard scoring pass to Ridley was his 34th career TD pass against the Saints, the most by any quarterback. He surpassed Joe Montana's 33 TD passes against New Orleans.

INJURY REPORT

Saints reserve cornerback Patrick Robinson was carted from the field early in the third quarter with a left ankle injury. He did not return.

Falcons safety Ricardo Allen left early in overtime with a left calf injury. He was helped to the sideline and then driven on a cart to the locker room. ... Reserve cornerback Justin Bethel suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. ... Atlanta rookie linebacker Foyesade Oluokun left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

UP NEXT

Saints: at New York Giants next Sunday.

Falcons: Play their third straight home game against the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.

Player Notes
Tom Brady Oct 19 11:20pm ET

New England Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon (concussion) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 7 against the Bears. Quarterback Tom Brady's protection won't be as good as usual against a strong Chicago pass rush, although All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack (ankle) is questionable and was slowed by his injury last week. Still, it's something to keep an eye on for this Sunday. If New England's offensive line is struggling, expect the Patriots to get the ball out quickly, which would favor receiver Julian Edelman and running back James White.

From RotoBaller

Brice Butler Oct 19 11:10pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brice Butler (groin) practiced in full all week and is no longer on the Week 7 injury report against the Redskins after sitting out in Week 6. While Butler could see a role against Washington, he has yet to catch a pass in 2018 and would be behind Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley, rookie Michael Gallup and Deonte Thompson in one of the worst passing offenses in football, so you can continue ignoring him.

From RotoBaller

Ryan Tannehill Oct 19 10:40pm ET

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) will play again this season, but his long-term future is in doubt. Tannehill continues to battle injuries and has not lived up to expectations in the first seven weeks of the season. Before the knee injury that kept him out for all of 2017 he had a quarterback rating of 93.5 and completed 67.1 percent of his passes in 2016. His QB rating through five games this year is at 92.9 with a completion percentage of 65.9. Tannehill is scheduled to cost $26.6 million against the salary cap next year, while releasing him after the year take $13.2 million off the cap. It all likely depends on whether Tannehill can improve in the second half of the season when he returns from his right shoulder injury. Until then, Brock Osweiler will fill in under center. Tannehill will probably be dropped in shallow leagues with him likely to miss at least the next two games.

From RotoBaller

Ameer Abdullah Oct 19 10:33pm ET

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah could see some action in passing situations with RB Theo Riddick (knee) ruled out against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8.

Tre'Quan Smith Oct 19 10:23pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith is expected to see a larger role after WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list, and Smith said he is 'ready for the opportunity.'

Fantasy Spin: Smith was able to show that he can be a threat down the field when he caught three passes for 111 and two touchdowns against the Washington Redskins in Week 5. He will be a boom-or-bust flex option against the Ravens in Week 7.

Ted Ginn Jr. Oct 19 10:03pm ET

New Orleans Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) has a 'realistic' chance to return when he is eligible to come off the Reserve/Injured list in eight weeks, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Carlos Hyde Oct 19 9:53pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde won't overtake RB T.J. Yeldon for the lead back role against the Houston Texans in Week 7, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com.

Fantasy Spin: The Jaguars backfield could become quite crowded if Leonard Fournette is ever healthy, but until Hyde's role becomes clear, you should hang on to him in all formats. That being said, you won't want to start him in Week 7.

T.J. Yeldon Oct 19 9:43pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon will remain the 'main back' for the Week 7 game against the Houston Texans, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com.

Fantasy Spin: The Jaguars just acquired Carlos Hyde, but until he has a full week of practice with the team under his belt, it makes sense that Yeldon would shoulder most of the load. Yeldon can be a RB2 in most leagues.

Mike Evans Oct 19 8:50pm ET

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is always a start given his elite status but he will have a tough matchup this weekend against rookie cornerback Denzel Ward. Evans massive height gives him a natural advantage over the undersized Ward but he will have a difficult time getting separation. Back-to-back duds by Evans shouldn't discourage his owners from starting him this weekend since he's still Mike Evans. Just don't expect much more than low-end WR1 numbers against Cleveland.

From RotoBaller

Josh Rosen Oct 19 8:43pm ET

Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen (toe) is dealing with a sprained left toe but should be available for the Week 8 game, according to head coach Steve Wilks.

Fantasy Spin: Rosen has struggled since taking over as the starting quarterback but will be working with a new offensive coordinator next week. Rosen should not be a starting option in any fantasy leagues, but owners may want to keep an eye on him to see if he improves over the next few weeks.

Vita Vea Oct 19 8:33pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Vita Vea will start at defensive tackle in the Week 7 game with DT Gerald McCoy (calf) sidelined, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

Sean Lee Oct 19 7:43pm ET

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (hamstring) is expected to play in the Week 7 game but will be on a snap count, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.

Tavon Austin Oct 19 7:33pm ET

Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (groin) will not undergo groin surgery at this time but is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.

Adam Jones Oct 19 7:23pm ET

Denver Broncos CB Adam Jones (thigh) likely will be able to play in the Week 8 game, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

Shane Ray Oct 19 7:23pm ET

Denver Broncos OT Jared Veldheer (knee) and LB Shane Ray (ankle, wrist) may have a chance to play in the Week 8 game, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

Greg Zuerlein Oct 19 6:53pm ET

Los Angeles Rams PK Greg Zuerlein (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 19, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.

Fantasy Spin: Zuerlein is one of the top kickers in the NFL and is a must-start option in all leagues when he is healthy.

Cooper Kupp Oct 19 6:53pm ET

Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 19, and has been ruled out for Week 7. DT Michael Brockers (shoulder), LB Matt Longacre (back), WR Josh Reynolds (hand), OG Rodger Saffold (knee), C John Sullivan (non-injury) and OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

Auden Tate Oct 19 6:33pm ET

Free-agent WR Auden Tate was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad Friday, Oct. 19.

DeVante Parker Oct 19 6:23pm ET

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (quadriceps) said he will be available for the Week 7 game but is not sure how much playing time he will be able to handle because of the injury.

Fantasy Spin: Parker has been limited to only two games because of injuries and has posted only 40 yards in those games. Owners probably should avoid him even if he is active for the game.

Jalen Richard Oct 19 6:13pm ET

Oakland Raiders RB Jalen Richard is expected to see a bump in workload with RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) sidelined. Richard has just three touches when the team is leading, and 39 touches when tied or trailing, but that is expected to change with just RB Doug Martin standing in the way.

Fantasy Spin: Richard will likely see plenty of targets out of the backfield, as he has shown good hands in the past. Doug Martin is currently projected to be the lead back heading out of the bye in Week 8, but many expect Richard to be the biggest winner in terms of fantasy value in the Oakland backfield.