The game started off quickly with a long run by Warrick Dunn catching the Saints defenders off guard on the Falcons second offensive play. Missed tackled by Tebucky Jones and Darrin Smith allowed Dunn to score from more than 60 yards out with barely more than a minute having expired. The Saints however, were able to answer with two quick scores of their own to take control of the ball game. After giving up a second TD to the Falcons the Saints veteran leaders took over and the team never looked back. Joe Horn, Aaron Brooks, and Deuce McAllister all had big days in the victory.
As mentioned earlier Joe Horn, Deuce McAllister, and Aaron Brooks all played well for the Saints offensively. Stallworth made an impact play before leaving the game. The offensive line did a nice job of opening holes for McAllister later in the game. Defensively the Saints defensive line and lb's did a nice job of settling down and containing both T.J. Duckett and Warrick Dunn after Dunn's first carry. The defensive backs also did a nice job of staying close to the Falcon receivers making it difficult for Kirk Kittner to feel comfortable in his first start.
Mitch Berger played the entire game with a strained quadriceps muscle. That's a painful injury for anyone but even more so for a punter. While John Carney took over Berger's kickoff duties all the injured punter did was average over 50 yards on his 3 punts.
Not So Impressive Was...
Tebucky Jones. For the money the guy is making he shouldn't be missing tackles. Especially at the safety position. I counted 3 missed tackles before the game ever got out of hand.