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NFL: Brees throws 2 TDs, Saints beat Falcons

Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 12:14 a.m. CST
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Saints running back Pierre Thomas stiff-arms Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant during the second half of New Orleans' 17-13 victory Thursday in Atlanta.

ATLANTA – Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes, and the New Orleans Saints overcame a lackluster offensive showing, holding off the Atlanta Falcons 17-13 Thursday night.

Brees hooked up with Jimmy Graham on a 44-yard touchdown, and Benjamin Watson on a 1-yard scoring play, both in the first half, and it was good enough to give the first-place Saints (9-2) a sweep of their season series with their NFC South rivals.

Atlanta (2-9) dropped its fifth straight game, but had a chance to pull off the upset, driving to the Saints 29 with less than 3 minutes to go. But New Orleans turned up the pressure on Matt Ryan, Atlanta missed a long field goal, and the Saints ran off all but the last 5 seconds.

Brees was 23-for-33 for 278 yards. Ryan was 30 of 39 for 297 yards, but Atlanta’s offense produced only one touchdown – the fourth time that has happened during its current skid.

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