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Confident Falcons ready for Saints

By Charles Odum
Associated Press

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ATLANTA » Matt Ryan insists the Atlanta Falcons weren't thinking about the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints as they crushed the Arizona Cardinals.

It sure didn't take long for talk to shift to the Saints after the game.

The Falcons gained momentum for this week's NFC South game at New Orleans by overwhelming the Cardinals 41-7. The Falcons, led by backup running back Jason Snelling's 129 yards rushing, 57 yards receiving and three touchdowns, took a 33-11 advantage in first downs in the dominant win.

Atlanta held the ball almost twice as long as Arizona, stopped each of the Cardinals' eight third-down plays and intercepted three passes.

It was just the well-rounded performance the Falcons needed after a tough opening loss at Pittsburgh.

"We're going to be a more confident football team going into next week against New Orleans," said receiver Roddy White, who had seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Bring on the Saints.

"It's got to give us confidence, but at the same time we're going against the world champions, so we know our plates are full," said tight end Tony Gonzalez.

"We know we've got to duplicate what we did this week and maybe even keep rising up. We've got to get better."

The Falcons controlled the game against the Cardinals even after losing running backs Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood to injuries.

The Falcons had 221 yards rushing, including 64 yards in the final quarter. Atlanta limited Arizona to 29 total yards in the final 15 minutes.

 

Saints 25, 49ers 22

New Orleans 9 0 7 9 -- 25
San Francisco 0 7 7 8 -- 22
First Quarter
NO--Team safety, 13:28.
NO--Bush 6 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 9:33.

Second Quarter
SF--Gore 12 pass from A.Smith (Nedney kick), 9:52.

Third Quarter
SF--Dixon 2 run (Nedney kick), 6:51.
NO--D.Thomas 3 pass from Brees (Hartley kick), 1:43.

Fourth Quarter
NO--FG Hartley 46, 13:31.
NO--FG Hartley 19, 2:12.
SF--Gore 7 run (V.Davis pass from A.Smith), 1:19.
NO--FG Hartley 37, :00.
A--69,732.

    NO SF
First downs   17 24
Total Net Yards   287 417
Rushes-yards   24-50 26-142
Passing   237 275
Punt Returns   3-43 4-29
Kickoff Returns   4-90 4-63
Interceptions Ret.   2-11 0-0
Comp-Att-Int   28-38-0 23-32-2
Sacked-Yards Lost   2-17 0-0
Punts   6-46.7 3-47.0
Fumbles-Lost   1-0 4-2
Penalties-Yards   5-54 5-40
Time of Possession   32:40 27:20

RUSHING--New Orleans, P.Thomas 18-46, Bush 5-4, H.Evans 1-0. San Francisco, Gore 20-112, A.Smith 4-28, Dixon 1-2, Westbrook 1-0.

PASSING--New Orleans, Brees 28-38-0-254. San Francisco, A.Smith 23-32-2-275.

RECEIVING--New Orleans, P.Thomas 8-57, Colston 5-67, Bush 4-30, Shockey 3-37, Henderson 3-28, D.Thomas 3-10, H.Evans 1-18, Brees 1-7. San Francisco, Gore 7-56, Morgan 6-70, V.Davis 4-78, Walker 2-26, Crabtree 1-32, Byham 1-6, Norris 1-5, Zeigler 1-2.

 

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East
  W L T Pct PF PA
Miami 2 0 0 1.000 29 20
N.Y. Jets 1 1 0 .500 37 24
New England 1 1 0 .500 52 52
Buffalo 0 2 0 .000 17 49
South
  W L T Pct PF PA
Houston 2 0 0 1.000 64 51
Jacksonville 1 1 0 .500 37 55
Tennessee 1 1 0 .500 49 32
Indianapolis 1 1 0 .500 62 48
North
  W L T Pct PF PA
Pittsburgh 2 0 0 1.000 34 20
Cincinnati 1 1 0 .500 39 48
Baltimore 1 1 0 .500 20 24
Cleveland 0 2 0 .000 28 33
West
  W L T Pct PF PA
Kansas City 2 0 0 1.000 37 28
San Diego 1 1 0 .500 52 34
Denver 1 1 0 .500 48 38
Oakland 1 1 0 .500 29 52

NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East
  W L T Pct PF PA
Washington 1 1 0 .500 40 37
N.Y. Giants 1 1 0 .500 45 56
Philadelphia 1 1 0 .500 55 59
Dallas 0 2 0 .000 27 40
South
  W L T Pct PF PA
Tampa Bay 2 0 0 1.000 37 21
New Orleans 2 0 0 1.000 39 31
Atlanta 1 1 0 .500 50 22
Carolina 0 2 0 .000 25 51
North
  W L T Pct PF PA
Chicago 2 0 0 1.000 46 34
Green Bay 2 0 0 1.000 61 27
Detroit 0 2 0 .000 46 54
Minnesota 0 2 0 .000 19 28
West
  W L T Pct PF PA
Seattle 1 1 0 .500 45 37
Arizona 1 1 0 .500 24 54
San Francisco 0 2 0 .000 28 56
St. Louis 0 2 0 .000 27 33

Sunday
Chicago 27, Dallas 20
Atlanta 41, Arizona 7
Green Bay 34, Buffalo 7
Philadelphia 35, Detroit 32
Pittsburgh 19, Tennessee 11
Cincinnati 15, Baltimore 10
Kansas City 16, Cleveland 14
Tampa Bay 20, Carolina 7
Miami 14, Minnesota 10
Denver 31, Seattle 14
Oakland 16, St. Louis 14
Houston 30, Washington 27, OT
San Diego 38, Jacksonville 13
N.Y. Jets 28, New England 14
Indianapolis 38, N.Y. Giants 14

Yesterday
New Orleans 25, San Francisco 22

Sunday
Dallas at Houston, 7 a.m.
Buffalo at New England, 7 a.m.
Cleveland at Baltimore, 7 a.m..
Atlanta at New Orleans, 7 a.m.
Tennessee at N.Y. Giants, 7 a.m.
Cincinnati at Carolina, 7 a.m.
San Francisco at Kansas City, 7 a.m.
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 7 a.m.
Detroit at Minnesota, 7 a.m.
Washington at St. Louis, 10:05 a.m.
Philadelphia at Jacksonville, 10:05 a.m.
San Diego at Seattle, 10:15 a.m.
Oakland at Arizona, 10:15 a.m.
Indianapolis at Denver, 10:15 a.m.
N.Y. Jets at Miami, 2:20 p.m.

Monday
Green Bay at Chicago, 2:30 p.m.






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