Falcons offence keeps building steam in 45-32 win vs. Saints

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made 20 completions from 30 attempts for 240 yards

Tevin Coleman rushed for three touchdowns, Matt Ryan passed for two TDs, and Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards for a score to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the winless Saints, 45-32, Monday night in New Orleans. Both those guys - Tevin (Coleman) and Devonta (Freeman) - have been really consistent players for us and tonight it was fun to be a part of that. "We've just gotta find a way, we've just gotta find it deep down, come back every play and just keep doing our job every single time". "We're fair catching, jammer is going down and he's got to avoid the contact". A number of players had been feeling pressure to join the cause but didn't want to do it at the expense of their team a source told ESPN's Lisa Salter.

Coleman scored touchdowns on runs of 2, 2 and 6 yards, and Freeman accounted for 207 yards from scrimmage with 152 yards on 14 carries and another 55 yards on five receptions.

"It's a awful play", New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "You're not gonna win many games if you can't hold someone under 200 yards rushing, I know that".

Despite those numbers, the Falcons know that their defense, which has given up 31, 28 and 32 points, must improve dramatically in order deal with the Panthers.

Steve's punt block turned into a touchdown for the Saints, and infused a wave of joy into the hurricane-ravaged city.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn challenges an official in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. After the collision knocked Lewis to the ground, the ball came down right near him. The ball popped up, Jones grabbed it and suddenly his feet seemed to have jets. That is significantly better than the first two games, in which Atlanta was penalized over 70 yards in each.

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"And look at any team throughout the course of a year, any team that has gone on and done great things - there were moments of adversity".

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