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Falcons surprise Saints off bye

New Orleans Saints’ Michael Thomas

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons entered Sunday’s game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome fresh off of a mid-season bye.

The Saints looked to extend their six-game win streak while the division rival Atlanta Falcons were in search of their first victory since Week 2.

It was the Falcons’ defensive line that came to play helping propel Atlanta to their first victory in eight weeks. The result was a convincing 26-9 victory for Atlanta (2-7). New Orleans (7-2) still sits atop the NFC South and will travel to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) next week.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who returned from thumb surgery in Week 8 vs. Arizona, was sacked six times, the most in his career. The one bright spot for the Saints came from Michael Thomas who became the fastest player to record 400 career receptions. He finished with 13 receptions for 152 yards and has 86 receptions for 1,027 yards this season.

Running back Alvin Kamara returned to the lineup and carried the call four times for 24 yards and caught eight passes for 50 yards. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore and offensive tackle Andrus Peat left the game with injuries in the first half and did not return.