3. Pass defense is lacking a rush. The defensive line had a rough game. Not only did they get shoved around in the run game, they also didn't mount much of a pass rush. Defensive tackle Vance Walker did get a sack and a quarterback hit. Defensive end Kroy Biermann got a quarterback hit. Former NFL defensive lineman Tim Ryan said on the 'Movin' The Chains' show on NFL Sirius XM radio that he studied Ray Edwards in the game and that he looked to be 10 to 15 pounds overweight and didn't appear very quick. The coverage was good and would have been better with a stronger rush. The defensive backs knocked down 10 passes and intercepted two. "I had a few pass breakups that should have been interceptions," Moore said. "They are a great team. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to run back into them. It was just their night."
No injuries were announced by the team. Cornerback Brent Grimes returned from knee surgery and had a strong game. “We need to have all the healthy guys we can out there on the field for the rest of the season,” coach Mike Smith said. “But I thought for Brent’s first game back that he showed up and made some plays.” Linebacker Stephen Nicholas (toe), cornerback Kelvin Hayden (dislocated toe) and wide receiver Kerry Meier (groin) were inactive because of injury.
The numbers game
Brees passed for 307 yards to break Marino’s single-season passing yardage record of 5,084 that was set in 1984.
Saints coach Sean Payton’s record against the Falcons.
Ryan threw for a season-high 373 yards. His previous high this season was 351 yards against the Saints on Nov. 13.
Turner’s rushing total on 11 carries.
Wide receivers Roddy White (127) and Julio Jones (128) combined yardage total.
“I hope Mike Smith knows that we weren’t trying to run the score up or anything.”
-- Brees, on the Saints running the score up in order for him to break Marino’s record.
Cornerback Dominique Franks’ interception was the second of his career. He also had two passes defensed. ... Turner has not rushed for more than 76 yards over the past five games and has averaged just 3.1 yards per carry. ... Backup quarterback Chris Redman was 6-of-9 for 61 yards and had a passer rating of 85.9.
The Falcons (9-6) will face the reeling Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11) at 4:15 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Detroit plays Green Bay at 1 p.m., so the Falcons will know their playoff status as a No. 5 or No. 6 seed before taking the field. Tampa Bay won the previous matchup this season, 16-13 on Sept. 25.