SAINTS COME BACK TO BEAT FALCONS - CONTROL OWN DESTINY AT 9-6Atlanta, GA - Savage Mason Reporting Saints finally have another winning streak going this year as Painter begins to settle down and this offense begins to learn how to play with a QB who can make only a few throws. 'It's been frustrating at times, but Painter is a young guy and he's working hard each week. We miss Drew but we, as a team, are starting to believe in Painter' - Reggie Bush. Saints traveled to ATL this week to take on the Falcons, who were also fighting for their playoff lives. The winning team stays in contention, the losing team heads home for the winter. Saints get the ball first as the Falcons elect to kick. Saints come out with a nice beginning of the drive as Nate fed the falcons with some Bush, Bush, and even more Bush. 'What the offense needs is more Bush!'. I digress. Painter stepped back to throw on a 1st down and promptly makes a great throw which is some how picked off by a CB who should have been named Neon Deion. Falcons would take the ball and be held to a 18 yard fg as the Saints defense would stiffen. 3-0 Saints. NO would get another drive going, except Painter would fall prey to the Falcons DB's once again, this time on a stupid decision on a crossing route where the DB ran the route before the WR did. Falcons would get this ball to the goalline where the Saints defense would hold them out of the endzone once again. Falcons would tack on another 18 yard fg to make it 6-0 Falcons. A major win for the Saints D. The 2nd quarter would see Painter finally get his head out of his donkey. Painter would hit little known 2nd te Harbor for a 32 catch and rumble for the TD of 32 yards. Saints love their two TE's on this team. Young, fast, can block and great hands. 7-6 Saints. With the Saints defense really stepping up and dominating, Coach Nate began to dial up some blitzes to try and get a turnover or two back. This backfired as FS Sharper was out of the game with an injury and back up FS Jenkins was totally out of place, this allowed for a long 32 yard td pass to a wide open White. 13-7 Falcons. After another INT by the Falcons D, who was forcing turnover after turnover (3 today), the Falcons punched it in with a 44 yard FG from Bryant to make the score 16-7 Falcons. Things were not looking well for the Saints up to this point. Saints would get the ball with less than 2 mins to go and begin a nice drive. Painter began to feel it, Bush was running well, and a brand new WR in Bryant Johnson was making play after play. Saints would cap the drive off with a 58 yard pass and catch to Johnson for the td to make it 16-14 right before half. Johnson would have a monster game, his first in a Saints uni. The 2nd half would watch an epic battle come down to the last few drives of the game. Saints would begin the scoring on a 51 yard fg by Hartley to take the first lead of the day 17-16. Saints D would keep trying to cause the Falcons to make mistakes in the air and was also doing a great job with keeping their ground game grounded. OLB Jordan would step in front of a Ryan pass and take it 36 yard for the defensive TD. 24-16 Saints. Falcons wouldn't be done by a long shot though. Falcons would get the ball at the start of the 4th quarter and begin to attack this hurting Saints defense. Ryan would go deep into double coverage for a 72 yard lob pass to White. White was a monster today hauling in over 200 yards which included this long TD pass. 2 point conversion failed. 22-24 Saints. After a few forced punts the Falcons get the ball and begin a drive to take the lead late in the game. With just over 3 mins to go, Ryan would take the lead with a 1 yard td plunge. 29-24 Falcons. Painter would have to go to the air if the Saints were going to win this one and keep their playoff lives, well, alive. Painter would dink and dunk, bush would even get in the act with a few nice runs. On a crucial 2nd and long inside the redzone Painter would go back to pass, Falcons would rush 4 but would take a Dline and float in a zone. Painter would see the opening and dash for a quick 11 yards and a big 1st down. On a 1st and goal inside the 5, Painter would hit Harbor again for his 2nd td of the day and the lead to end the game. 2 point conversion was good to give the saints a 3 point lead 32-29. Falcons would drive the ball past the 50, but the hail marys weren't there this time, Saints force a TO on down. Stats on the game: Great game Bizzy, just a classic saints/falcons battle in the NFC South. GL the rest of the way. Player of the game: WR BRYANT JOHNSON 7 catches for a 142 yard and a td. Thats Johnsons stats after ONE game in a Saints uni. Johnson was picked up off of waivers this week after Saints wrs were simply not making any plays after Henderson went down. Saints needed a play maker and Johnson was recently cut from the Lions. The former 1st round selection of the Cards quickly made it happen today, using his big frame, steady hands, and decent speed to make the Falcons pay. Johnson will play a huge role with Henderson being done for the year. Johnson, Meachem, and Moore will now have Brees back at the helm tossing the pig skin around.