Matt Ryan Gets Second Home Loss of His Career as Falcons Fall to Saints, 17-14

Dmitri DugganContributor IIDecember 27, 2010

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 27:  Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints runs past Atlanta Falcons defender Curtis Lofton #50 in the second half during their game at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Well, there's not much to be said about this matchup.

After a surprisingly low-scoring back-and-forth fight to the end, which wasn't decided until the last few minutes of regulation, Drew Brees revived the Saints' divisional hopes with a 17-14 win against the Falcons.

Overall, it was a moderately boring game. Surprising, considering everything that was at stake.

A fieldgoal in the first quarter to give the Saints a 3-0 lead; a trade-off of touchdowns in the second to sustain the Saints' lead 10-7; a scoreless third quarter, then two touchdown passes by Brees, one to the other team, to give the Falcons their first lead of the night, 14-10; then one to his own teammate to ice the game, 17-4 Saints, in the fourth.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a bittersweet game, passing for 304 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, one of those was to the wrong team, and alongside another interception, had a sub-80 passer rating. However, Brees' only touchdown went in when it counted, when he passed it to Jason Graham in the last four minutes of regulation.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who has an 18-2 career record at home and added only the second home loss of his career, had no comment after the loss.