Saints clinch playoff spot, beat Falcons

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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