Saints Defeat Falcons


NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Pierre Thomas rushed for 102 yards and scored two touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints kept alive their slim playoff hopes with a 29-25 victory over NFC South rival Atlanta on Sunday.
Thomas scored his first touchdown on a 7-yard screen early in the fourth quarter. He also scored the winning touchdown on 5-yard toss sweep, a score he set up with his 88-yard kickoff return after Matt Ryan's 12-yard scramble had given the Falcons a 25-22 lead.
Reggie Bush added 80 yards rushing and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in one of the most balanced performances by New Orleans' offense this season.
Drew Brees was 18-of-32 for 230 yards and two TDs. Ryan was 24-for-33 for 315 yards, one touchdown and one interception.


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