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Falcons pick off Brees 5 times, snap TD streak

Falcons pick off Brees 5 times, snap TD streak

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Nov 29, 2012
The Atlanta Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead and the defense made it stand up, picking off five of Drew Brees' passes and ending his NFL-record touchdown streak with a 23-13 victory Thursday night.
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  • Falcons intercept Brees five times in win over Saints

    Falcons intercept Brees five times in win over Saints

    The Atlanta Falcons intercepted quarterback Drew Brees five times on Thursday night as the Falcons improved to a league-leading 11-1 with a 23-13 win over Saints. Atlanta’s defense helped snap Brees’ streak of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pas
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  • The Time Drew Brees Threw Five Picks And No Touchdown Passes: S…

    The Time Drew Brees Threw Five Picks And No Touchdown Passes: Saints-Falcons, In Two GIFs

    deadspin.com ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    Falcons 23, Saints 13: I'll admit, I wasn't too high on the Falcons coming into tonight's contest, which seemed not like the typical "trap game"-the Saints are way too talented to catch anyone off guard in such a respect-but it just felt like perhaps
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  • Lawyers cross-examine key bounty witness

    Lawyers cross-examine key bounty witness

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    Lawyers for players appealing NFL suspensions in the New Orleans Saints bounties case cross-examined one key witness Thursday. Now they're supposed to get a chance to confront another central figure: former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
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  • New court order suggests judge is leaning against NFL in bounty…

    New court order suggests judge is leaning against NFL in bounty case

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    On the same day that former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo testified in the bounty appeal hearing convened by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Judge Helen Berrigan issued a reminder that she has ultimate jurisdiction over the process. And she hinted t…
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  • Asante Samuel active for Falcons vs. Saints

    Asante Samuel active for Falcons vs. Saints

    Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel was listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Saints. But Samuel’s hurt shoulder held up well enough in pregame warmups that he’s good to go. Samuel is active for Atlanta, which is very good news: The Sai
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  • Egg-gate sprouts legs

    Egg-gate sprouts legs

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    In an apparent effort to exonerate airport workers who may or may not have egged the Saints’ buses at the Atlanta airport on Wednesday night, a spokesman for the Aircraft Service International Group claimed on Thursday that the “eggs were thrown by pe
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  • Inactives for the New Orleans Saints

    Inactives for the New Orleans Saints

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    ATLANTA — It appears as if Zach Strief will start at right tackle for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. Strief, who had been out with a groin injury, is on the active list. The inactives for the Saints are receiver Courtney Roby, safety Isa Abdu
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  • Atlanta television station has photos of New Orleans Saints bus…

    Atlanta television station has photos of New Orleans Saints bus after it was egged

    nola.com ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    ATLANTA -- Want to see what the New Orleans Saints bus looked like after being egged on Wednesday when the team arrived here for tonight's NFC South clash with the Falcons? Atlanta's Fox 5 has a couple of photos.  The...
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  • Source: Potential Payton deal terms reviewed

    Source: Potential Payton deal terms reviewed

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    NFL officials and Sean Payton's agent, Don Yee, are finalizing the conditions under which the suspended New Orleans Saints coach can attempt to negotiate a contract extension with New Orleans, according to a league source.
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  • Live from the Georgia Dome

    Live from the Georgia Dome

    ESPN.com Nov 29, 2012
    ATLANTA -- I made it to the Georgia Dome press box without seeing any flying eggs. I’m not sure if the New Orleans Saints’ team bus had to endure any more eggs on the way to the dome. In fact, I’m not even sure if the Saints have arrived yet. The on
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  • Panthers asking for fan input to break 0-12 coin toss streak

    Panthers asking for fan input to break 0-12 coin toss streak

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    Having never worked in PR, there might be something here I’m missing. But the idea of reminding your customers how bad you are seems like an unusual strategy. The 3-8 Panthers have done what I’m sure is a mathematically really difficult thing by losin
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  • Doug Martin won't press after subpar (for him) performance

    Doug Martin won't press after subpar (for him) performance

    tampabay.com Nov 29, 2012
    Bucs running back Doug Martin has reached benchmarks in the past several weeks that have resulted in his name being mentioned in the same breath as greats such as Walter Payton. So, when he rushed for 50 yards and averaged just 2.4 yards per carry on Su…
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  • Bucs resisting temptation to move Barber back to corner

    Bucs resisting temptation to move Barber back to corner

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    The Buccaneers are extremely thin at cornerback. But even though they have one guy who used to be really good at it, they’re hesitant to move Ronde Barber back from free safety. “We just feel comfortable with what we’re doing right now,” Bucs coac
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  • Bucs' David is Rookie of the Month

    Bucs' David is Rookie of the Month

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are cleaning up on the monthly awards for November from the NFL. We told you a few minutes ago that Dekoda Watson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. The NFL followed that up by announcing linebacker Lavonte David h…
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  • Bucs' Watson is player of the month

    Bucs' Watson is player of the month

    Tampa Bay’s Dekoda Watson has been named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Month for November, the NFL announced Thursday. Watson blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown in Week 10 against San Diego. The following week, he recovered a fum
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  • Gregg Williams finally says “uncle,” will testify in bounty ap…

    Gregg Williams finally says “uncle,” will testify in bounty appeal hearing

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    It was known that, on Thursday, former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo will testify in the bounty appeal hearing conducted by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. It wasn’t known (or, at a minimum, it wasn’t accepted by some in the media) that former Sai
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  • Drew Brees: Everyone knows the bounty investigation was a sham

    Drew Brees: Everyone knows the bounty investigation was a sham

    profootballtalk.com Nov 29, 2012
    Saints quarterback Drew Brees is once again ripping the NFL for suspending some of his teammates and coaches for violating the league’s bounty rules. Brees told Michael Irvin on NFL Network that the bounty discipline, including the yearlong suspension o
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  • Video - WK 13 Can't-Miss Play: Tony the tiger 00:37

    WK 13 Can't-Miss Play: Tony the tiger

    Nov 29
    Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez catches a bullet from quarterback Matt Ryan for a 17-yard touchdown in the "Thursday Night Football" matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
  • Video - Saints' Brees looks to lead team, city once again 02:29

    Saints' Brees looks to lead team, city once again

    Nov 29
    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees sits down with Michael Irvin to discuss bountygate, his contract situation, a slew of head coaches in 2012 and everything else included in what has been an emotional year for the Saints' quarterback.
  • Video - Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud intercepts New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees 00:23

    Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud intercepts New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees

    Nov 29
    Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud intercepts a Drew Brees pass in the end zone on the New Orleans Saints' first possession of the game.
  • Video - Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner 3-yard TD 00:09

    Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner 3-yard TD

    Nov 29
    Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner pummels through the middle to get the 3-yard touchdown.

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    Nov 29
    The AFC playoff races are on the verge of wrapping up early, John Clayton writes.
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    Nov 29
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