As the New Orleans Saints continue to try to revive their 2007 season, they had to struggle Sunday against a bad Falcons team, but eventually had just enough to pull out a 22-16 win at the SuperDome. Drew Brees hit Reggie Bush with a 4-yard TD with 5:04 left in the contest to seal the win. “I was just excited to make a play for my team. We struggled throughout the game. We really didn’t have the game we wanted to,” Bush said. “I just kept fighting, kept my feet moving and refused to go down.”
Bush was not done, as after the Falcons punted with under two minutes left, the back put the game away with a seven-yard run that gave them a first down and allowed them to run out the clock. He finished with just 54 yards rushing and 19 through the air, but came through in the clutch, which is something the Saints are going to need in 2007 if they are going to rebound from an awful start.
The Falcons actually looked solid with new starter Byron Leftwich, as he led the offense for some points. Problem is Leftwich was injured early in the third quarter with a high ankle sprain and left the game for good. Joey Harrington took over, and while he was better than the past two outings, he was not able to lead the Falcons on that last drive that could have won the game.
New Orleans improves to 2-4 with the win, and with a winnable game at San Fran next week, could be 3-4 before back to back home games vs the Jaguars and Rams. The Falcons fall to 1-6, and get a bye week next Sunday before they host the 49’ers on November 4th at the Georgia Dome.
Leftwich completed 15 of 23 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown pass to Roddy White. Brees went 22-of-34 for 219 yards and two touchdowns.