Ridder Leads Falcons Past Saints 24-15 into First-Place Tie Despite 2 Interceptions
Falcons beat Saints 24-15, Desmond Ridder throws TD pass to Bijan Robinson. Atlanta moves into first place tie in NFC South.
The Atlanta Falcons secured a first-place tie in the NFC South by defeating the New Orleans Saints 24-15 on Sunday. Desmond Ridder threw a touchdown pass to Bijan Robinson in the fourth quarter, overcoming two interceptions. The Saints faced injury issues at wide receiver, losing Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed, but still outgained the Falcons with Derek Carr passing for 304 yards. However, they had to settle for five field goals by Blake Grupe.
The Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak as Robinson ran for 91 yards with a touchdown. Atlanta led 14-12 before Ridder's 26-yard scoring pass to Robinson. The rookie's touchdown was a game-changer.
Jessie Bates' 92-yard interception return for a touchdown and a forced fumble on Taysom Hill led to a recovery by Atlanta's Albert Huggins at the 5-yard line. Despite Ridder's interceptions, the Falcons maintained their lead.
The Saints' offensive struggles continued as they settled for field goals, and the Falcons capitalized on opportunities to extend their lead. Desmond Ridder, despite his interceptions, helped the Falcons secure the win. The game saw a number of injuries, including Olave and Shaheed for the Saints and cornerback Mike Hughes for the Falcons.
Looking ahead, the Saints will host the Detroit Lions in their next game.