TNF Highlights: Falcons 23 – Saints 13

11/30/2012

ATLANTA – The Falcons’ intercepted Drew Brees five times on Thursday night and moved within striking distance of the NFC South crown with a 23-13 win over New Orleans.

Atlanta built a 17-0 lead early and the defense held the Saints’ prolific quarterback in check throughout the night, ending Brees’ NFL-record 54-game streak with at least one touchdown pass in the process.

Atlanta improved to 11-1 and now clinch the division with a Tampa Bay loss at Denver on Sunday. New Orleans dropped to 5-7 and will likely need to win out to have even a small hope of a playoff appearance.

Ian Eagle and Trent Green called the action on Westwood One Sports.

(Michael Turner’s 3-yd TD run puts Atlanta up 7-0)

(Matt Ryan finds Tony Gonzalez and it’s 14-0 Falcons)

(Mark Ingram’s 1-yd TD run cuts the deficit to 17-7)

(Brees is picked off for the fifth time of the night and his TD streak is broken)

(Listen to Sean Weatherspoon’s postgame interview with DGS sideline reporter Laura Okmin)

(Postgame recap from Ian Eagle and Trent Green)

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