words // Brandon Richard
Mercury Morris and the 1972 Miami Dolphins are popping bottles of champagne again as the New Orleans Saints’ Week 10 victory over the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons ensures that they’ll remain the NFL’s only undefeated team for another season. We got the Superdome shootout we expected between the division rivals, but in the end, Drew Brees and Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham proved to be too much for the NFC South leaders.
Brees completed 21 balls for 298 yards and three touchdowns on the day, including two strikes to Graham and another Marques Colston. Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram combined for 139 yards on the ground, the former turning in a run of the year candidate with a 56-yard touchdown trot in the first quarter. Matt Ryan managed to throw for more than 400 yards for the Falcons, but the ground game was a non-factor from whistle to whistle.
With the win, the Saints move to 4-5 and find themselves back in the playoff discussion. A trip to Oakland next Sunday awaits.
Also on the schedule for Week 10, Andrew Luck continued his impressive season by leading the Indianapolis Colts over the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars; the Baltimore Ravens ran up 55 points on a battered Oakland Raiders team; Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos continued to roll by shutting down Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers; the Cincinnati Bengals stunned the defending champion New York Giants; Adrian Peterson continued his impressive comeback by leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 34-24 win over the Detroit Lions; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their third straight game after combing back against the San Diego Chargers; defense helped lift the Dallas Cowboys to a much needed win in Philadelphia; the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers played the first tie game in four years; J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans edged by the Chicago Bears in Sunday night’s battle of the defensive powerhouses; and the Pittsburgh Steelers survived a Monday Night Football scare against the Kansas City Chiefs, but may have lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a significant amount of time.
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Drew Brees airs it out in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD.
Jimmy Graham off and running in the adidas adizero 5-Star Mid.
Lance Moore steps out of bounces in Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly Nike football cleats.
Dwight Freeney down in his stance wearing a PE colorway of the Jordan Super.Fly.
Jacoby Jones returns a kickoff for a touchdown in Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly Nike football cleats.
Trindon Holliday returns a punt for a touchdown in the Nike Vapor Pro Low TD.
A.J. Green catches a touchdown pass in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.
Chris Johnson finds paydirt in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD.
Christian Ponder scrambles in the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD.
Stevan Ridley celebrates a touchdown in the Under Armour Highlight.
Josh Freeman signals for a first down in Retro 9 Jordan cleats.
Golden Tate celebrates his touchdown reception in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low.
Tony Romo pitches in the Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3.
Steven Jackson finds running room in his Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD PE.
Michael Crabtree celebrates his touchdown reception by dancing in Jordan Super.Fly Low PE cleats.
Arian Foster breaks free in the Under Armour Nitro Diablo.
Lawrence Timmons made an overtime interception in the adidas Malice 2.