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2010 Look Back – Falcons Win Statement Game Over Saints 27-24 in OT

Today it’s week 3 of our look back at the 2010 season, and the Falcons flew high as they topped the New Orleans Saints with a huge OT win 27-24 on the road.

Roddy and friends finally find solution to Saints stigma.

From NFC title hero to big-time zero.  He almost missed against San Francisco.  It looked like another celebration in the Big Easy.  Garrett Hartley from 29 yards.  A chip shot, right?  Think again.  He shanked it wide left, the direction of his two misses against Minnesota.  Garrett may need to phone Jackie Smith (Super Bowl XIII goat) because he could be the “Sickest man in America”.  “Bless his heart”.  I don’t think Sean Payton will be as kind to Hartley as Verne Lundquist (announcer who uttered the infamous phrase) was to Smith in 1979.  “Garret, coach wants you in his office…”

The NFC South just took a u-turn.  A complete 360, all on one kick.  New Orleans went from being two games ahead of Atlanta, to now sharing a slot atop with the Birds.  Falcons fans, you owe Garrett Hartley a Christmas gift.

Falcons 27, Saints 24 OT: Starring a one-of-a-kind choke job performance by Garrett Hartley. Aside from the choke job, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan were the story of the show, well, the supporting cast, if you consider Hartley the main actor.  The two signal callers were just brilliant.  Calmly they directed their respective teams all afternoon long with excellent precision and outstanding poise.  Two cool leaders, two accurate arms, two QB’s that may meet down the road in January.  This game had the atmosphere of a postseason affair, that’s for sure.

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