Sep 7, 2014 at 6pm UK at ​Georgia Dome
New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons
Robinson (11:46), Cooks (0:20)
White (4:06)
Toilolo (9:22), Smith (0:21)
Ingram (8:46, 1:20)
Rodgers (2:50)

Result: Atlanta Falcons come from behind to beat New Orleans Saints in thriller

The Atlanta Falcons begin their season with a thrilling victory over NFC South rivals the New Orleans Saints, coming from behind to win 37-34 after overtime.

The Atlanta Falcons have come from behind to beat NFC South rivals the New Orleans Saints 37-34 after overtime in a thrilling season opener at the Georgia Dome.

The visitors took the lead in the first quarter through the boot of Shayne Graham, who kicked two field goals from 31 yards and 50 yards respectively to give his side a 6-0 lead.

They extended that early in the second quarter as Khiry Robinson found his way through a pile of bodies for the Saints' first touchdown of the new season.

Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a touchdown pass with coverage by Keenan Lewis #28 of the New Orleans Saints in the first half at the Georgia Dome on September 7, 2014© Getty Images

The Falcons were not far behind in opening their touchdown account for the campaign, with Roddy White collecting Matt Ryan's pass on the right side of the endzone for a two-yard score.

New Orleans hit back before the end of the first half, however, with first-round Draft pick Brandin Cooks marking his debut in style as he collected a three-yard pass from Drew Brees.

Matt Bryant added a field goal for the hosts as time expired in the first half, and they reduced the deficit to just three in the third quarter as Levine Toilolo was found by a short Ryan pass at the front of the endzone.

Brees saw a pass intercepted later in the quarter, and the Falcons took full advantage to move into the lead for the first time.

Ryan threw a short pass to Antone Smith, who did the rest to complete a 54-yard score with just 21 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The Saints refused to let their heads drop, however, and were soon back in front courtesy of a three-yard Mark Ingram run in the fourth quarter.

There were yet more twists to come, though, as Atlanta regained the lead with just under three minutes remaining of the match thanks to a 17-yard Jacquizz Rodgers run.

The visitors responded yet again as Ingram rushed in for another three-yard score to put his side ahead with just over a minute left, but Bryant converted a 51-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime.

Bryant was the hero again in the additional period, this time slotting his kick over from 52 yards to hand Atlanta a dramatic victory.

Share this article now:
Khiry Robinson #29 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after scoring on a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks on January 11, 2014
Read Next:
Half-Time Report: Saints lead Falcons
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account