The Saints’ promising opening drive finished when Atlanta Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell sacked Drew Brees on third-and-objective.
What at first resembled a fleeting slipup ended up establishing the pace for a strangely hopeless day for New Orleans.
Brees was sacked five additional occasions and the Saints lost 26-9, neglecting to score a touchdown at home with Brees under community without precedent for his 14 years with New Orleans.
“I pride myself on getting the ball out,” Brees said. “It was a lack of execution kind of all the way around, so that pretty much summed up the game right there.”
The unexpected result finished the Saints’ six-game series of wins and the Falcons six-game slip.
Atlanta almost multiplied its past season aggregate of seven sacks in a single game.
Brees had not been sacked multiple occasions since 2015, and six approached his high with the Saints. New Orleans had permitted 12 sacks through eight games, incorporating five or more games with reinforcement Teddy Birdgwater filling after Brees had thumb medical procedure in mid-September.
Three sacks went ahead third down. Two came after the Saints had first-and-objective. The keep going one was on fourth down.
“We got in a lot of passing situations,” hostile handle Ryan Ramczyk stated, taking note of the Falcons normally ran tricks that sent edge rushers up the center. “We were unable to pick up a couple of them and they were getting through.”
With the two groups coming off bye weeks, the Saints lost the energy they had made before the break.
“Pick a situation, and there’s a good chance (the Falcons) won that situation,” Saints mentor Sean Payton said.
Payton singled out third-down transformations. The Saints were 3 of 12 on third down, and the Falcons were 6 of 15, yet Atlanta additionally grabbed three first downs on punishments when the defense thought it was getting off the field.
A hands-to-the-face approach end Marcus Davenport and a holding approach cornerback Marshon Lattimore prolonged a 17-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that put the Falcons ahead 10-3 with 11:09 left in the second quarter.
A hands-to-the-face banner on cornerback C.J. Gardner-Johnson, playing after Lattimore left with thigh damage, delayed a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive as the Falcons proceeded 20-9 toward the beginning of the final quarter.
“A talented offense like that is going to make you pay for it,” defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said. “It was only a matter of time before they were able to capitalize on those mistakes.”
The Saints got one initially down on their initial three final quarter assets, fixing their destiny and leaving them thinking about what occurred.
“This isn’t a team we overlooked,” Ramczyk said. “It’s a divisional game and they have a lot of talent.”
It was a harsh day all around for the Saints. On one of their uncommon third-down changes, recipient Tre’Quan Smith wound up with a busted lip after his protective cap took off when Falcons cornerback Damontae Kazee bored him.
“By the time I got up, my whole mouth was bleeding,” Smith said.
The extreme catch prompted Wil Lutz’s 28-yard field objective that slice the shortage to 13-9, however the Falcons pulled away from that point.
“We had a lot of self-inflicted wounds,” defensive end Cam Jordan said. “You have to be able to beat the man in front of you. It’s pretty hard to do that when you keep stepping on your own feet.”