ATLANTA (AP) - Drew Brees shook off two fourth-quarter
interceptions, throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham
with 3:24 remaining that gave New Orleans a 17-14 victory over the
Atlanta Falcons and clinched a return to the playoffs for the
defending Super Bowl champions Monday night.
The Falcons (12-3) had a chance to wrap up their first division
crown since 2004 and home-field advantage in the playoffs. But
Brees and the Saints (11-4) are still in the mix, making up for a
bitter loss to their NFC South rival in the Week 3.
Brees completed six straight passes on a 13-play, 90-yard drive,
the last of them to the rookie tight end for the winning score.
That made up for Chauncey Davis' 26-yard interception return that
put the Falcons ahead early in the fourth quarter.
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