Atlanta, GA -- It was the classic Saints-Falcons duel when New Orleans opened the season against the Falcons yesterday. In what always seems to be a 4 point game or less, these two teams would not disappoint in their season openers. Atlanta kicked things off on offense with a good mix of passes that got them into New Orleans' territory early. The Saints defense would then finally make a key third down stop and hold the Falcons to an opening field goal. Not to be outmatched, Drew Brees and company opened with a nice 5 minute drive of their own which was capped off by a Mark Ingram goal line TD; his first of the day. With about 5 minutes left to go in the half Matty Ice would lead his team right back down the field and this time capitalize when in Saints territory. From about 25 yards out, Ryan hit Antone Smith in the flats and Smith did the rest. To the house he went giving ATL the lead 10-7 with just under a minute to go. Now, you would think Drew Brees would have the sense to just take the 10-7 deficit into the half and would not try forcing anything. WRONG! Brees came out throwing and found Falcons DB Josh Wilson on the side of the field where there were virtually no Saints players in place to even make a tackle on Wilson. He took that errand INT to the house and ATL would up their lead 17-7 going into half. DOH! The second half would be all Saints, scoring wise. Drew Brees found TE Benjamin Watson in the end zone on a play action pass and narrowed the lead to 17-14. The Saints defense would finally clamp down and force a couple ATL punts around the midfield line. With the ball inside the 10 yard line, and under 4 minutes to go, Drew Brees would lead a signature comeback drive. It was capped off with another Mark Ingram rushing touchdown with 40 seconds left to play. With 1 timeout and down 4, Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense wouldn't give up. After hitting a few passes to the outside, Ryan found himself in Saints territory with time for 2 passes to the end zone. Those, however; would not pay off for him and the Saints defense held strong when needed. The black and gold would go onto to take this closely contested matchup 21-17. Player of the Game: Mark Ingram - 15 rushes, 57 yards, 2 TDs / 2 catches, 40 yards GG Michael Overman ... See you in the Superdome!