Atlanta Falcons Defense Proves Vital
The team defense was absolutely phenomenal from that point on. A team's offense will stall time and time again, but if the defense can keep the opposing offense off the field it becomes more of a chess match. Last night, the Falcons scored 17 quick first half points and it appeared this game was headed for a blowout, but the Saints managed to put up a score and make it 17-7 late in the 2nd quarter.
On a red-zone possession with the clock winding down, Brees passed to Darren Sproles at the 5-yard line and he was tackled by a superb defense, keeping the clock running with only 8 seconds remaining in the half. The Saints were out of timeouts and couldn't get up to the line quick enough to spike it and salvage the drive with at least 3 points. Win: ATL defense.
Another win? Picking off one of, if not the top quarterback in the game five times throughout the night. Every time it appeared the Saints would gain momentum on a drive, Atlanta would finish it off with a pick.
Defense wins championships. Its the eldest motto in the book, but it's one that will always hold true. The Patriots have had the top offense in the league over the last half-decade, yet they have lost twice in the SuperBowl to the New York Giants because their defense was not as strong.
Atlanta is making a strong case for themselves with an impressive defensive picture deep into the season.