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NEW ORLEANS -- Sean Paytons return to the sideline is one game old and already the Saints are celebrating a dramatic victory over a presumed title contender. Adidas Rickard Rakell Jersey . Theyre alone in first place, too. Drew Brees passed for 357 yards and two scores, Roman Harper intercepted Matt Ryans tipped fourth-down pass in the end zone, and New Orleans held on for a 23-17 victory over the Falcons on Sunday. "I was hoping our defence would pull one out, and man, did they ever," Brees said. Last season, while suspended in connection with the NFLs bounty probe, Payton watched helplessly from afar as the Saints fielded one of the worst defences ever, yielding a single-season record 7,042 yards. One of his first moves upon reinstatement was to hire Rob Ryan as defensive co-ordinator. Payton put the new product on the field right away, electing to kick off when the Saints won the coin toss. "Sean sent the defence out first, which you would never have seen in the past," Harper said. "So just a whole different feel and the things that were trying to accomplish, this is just one step in the right direction." Brees first touchdown went to Marques Colston, who made a diving, 25-yard snag for his 533rd catch, setting a franchise record. "Thats just vintage Marques Colston," Brees said. "I have so much trust and confidence in him. He knows the balls coming to him and hes going to make that play." Brees also hit tight end Jimmy Graham for a 7-yard score in the third quarter to give the Saints the lead for good. "It was just important to get the first win," Payton said. "You try to compartmentalize each week, each game, and we played a good team. ... We fought hard, especially late." New Orleans day got even better when Tampa Bay and Carolina lost, leaving the Saints atop the NFC South. Atlantas Ryan passed for 304 yards and touchdown passes to Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones. In the final three minutes, Ryan quickly drove Atlanta to the Saints 3 before the New Orleans defence stiffened. "When we play the Saints, its usually hard-fought, and it turned out that way again," Atlanta coach Mike Smith said. "We have to protect the quarterback a lot better." Steven Jackson rushed 11 times for 77 yards in his Atlanta debut, including a 50-yard run. New Orleans defence gave up two 50-yard plays, the other on Harry Douglass reception, but also produced pressure regularly. Ryan was sacked three times -- by Junior Galette, Akiem Hicks and Parys Haralson -- and threw balls away several times, including on an early third down that forced Atlanta to settle for a field goal. The group also produced a momentum-changing turnover when Malcolm Jenkins stripped Jones and Harper recovered, setting up Colstons TD, which tied the game at 10 in the second quarter. Colston finished with five catches for 68 yards. Darren Sproles caught six passes for 88 yards. Douglas caught four passes for 93 yards, including a 20-yarder to the New Orleans 7 on Atlantas final drive. But that turned out to be Ryans last significant completion on a drive which started with connections of 17, 16, 7 and 13 yards. On third-and-goal, Ramon Humber broke up a pass for Jackson at the goal line. "I dropped the ball," Jackson said. "It wasnt the easiest catch, but Im not a person to make excuses." Then rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro tipped Ryans fourth down pass for Gonzalez in the end zone and Harper dived to catch it before teammates piled on him while the Superdome crowd erupted. "The ball was up in the air and I liked my chances, but we were just a fingertip away," Gonzalez said. "So for that, give them credit." Smith said the drive was well-executed "until we got inside the 10-yard line. ... The final play is going to be analyzed 5,000 times in the next three days." Before kickoff, Payton helped former special teams standout Steve Gleason, who has Lou Gehrigs disease, initiate the Superdome crowds traditional pregame "Who dat!" chant. Fans stood and cheered passionately as Payton held up Gleasons arm with his left hand and held up his own right arm, then lowered both to initiate the chant by fans eagerly awaiting a matchup between the past two teams to win NFC South. It didnt translate to a good start for the home club, though. The Falcons struck for the first big play on Douglas 50-yard catch and run to the New Orleans 10, setting up Ryans 7-yard TD pass to Gonzalez. Atlanta later stuffed running back Mark Ingram on fourth-and-short near midfield, and quickly drove for a short field goal and a 10-0 lead. Garret Hartleys 48-yard field goal in the second quarter made it 10-3. New Orleans then went up 13-10 on a short field goal set up by rookie Kenny Stills 67-yard catch, and that score stood until halftime. Notes: Saints NT Brodrick Bunkley (right leg), DE Tyrunn Walker (left leg) and CB Patrick Robinson (undisclosed leg injury) all left the game. Payton did not provide updates on their condition. ... Atlanta has lost seven of eight in New Orleans since Payton became coach and lost a season opener to New Orleans for the first time ever after winning the first six. Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys . - The Pittsburgh Pirates plan on keeping promising left fielder Starling Marte playing alongside National League MVP Andrew McCutchen for years to come. Cheap Anaheim Ducks Jerseys INDIANAPOLIS -- Michigan coach John Beilein had watched his team blow almost all of a 15-point lead, and he was sure he knew how Tennessee would try to take the lead. With 6 seconds left and trailing 72-71, Cuonzo Martin would probably send the ball into Jarnell Stokes, who would try to back into the post or drive. Beilein urged his defenders to buckle down and keep Stokes away from the rim. Jordan Morgan, who scored 15 points, heeded his coachs advice and stood his ground until Stokes lowered his shoulder. The senior forward immediately crashed to the floor -- perhaps embellishing the contact -- but drawing the call that saved the game for Michigan and infuriated Tennessees "Rocky Top" contingent. Big Ten player of the year Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ont., made a late free throw and nobody was more relieved than Beilein when Jordan McRaes 70-foot heave fell harmlessly to the floor as the buzzer sounded on a 73-71 Michigan victory. "We got just enough stops," Beilein said. Tennessee thought they got one stop unfairly. "With the magnitude of this game, I dont think you could call a charge at that point," McRae said dejectedly after scoring 24 points. But the officials did call it, allowing Michigan to reach a second straight regional final. The Wolverines (28-8) have won 10 of their last 11, none as tenuous or excruciating as this one to set up a Sunday showdown against eighth-seeded Kentucky, the 2012 national champion. The Wildcats won 74-69 over fourth-seeded Louisville, which beat Michigan in last years national championship game. Tennessee almost pulled off one of the most stunning comebacks in recent regional memory. With 10:55 to go, Spike Albrechts layup gave Michigan a seemingly insurmountable 60-45 lead. When Stauskas made the last of his three 3-pointers with 3:40 to go, the Wolverines still led 70-60. Stauskas finished with 14 points. For some reason, Michigan went into panic mode and, just two weeks after nearly blowing two big leads in the Big Ten tournament, they nearly threw this one away. The VVolunteers staunch defence limited Michigan to just one basket over the final 3:40 and forced four turnovers in the final 97 seconds to give themselves a chance in the closing seconds. Cheap Ducks Jerseys China. "I dont think I fouled him," said Stokes, who had 11 points and six rebounds after two straight double-doubles. "But it was a smart play for him to try to take the charge. He pretty much anticipated it." Just as Beilein had predicted. For most of the night, Michigan relied on its shooting stars to stay in control against a defence that had allowed just 54.0 points in its previous eight games. The Wolverines took a 13-point lead in the first half and still led 45-34 at halftime because they were shooting 61.5 per cent from the field and made 7 of 9 on 3-pointers. Michigan didnt slow down early in the second half, either, taking the biggest lead of the game at 60-45. But somehow Tennessee played itself right back into the game. The 11th-seeeded Vols, who had a first-round game in overtime at Dayton, Ohio, just to start their surprising post-season run, cut the deficit to 62-56 with 6:45 left. They got within 72-67 when McRae completed a three-point play with 1:56 to go. They made it 72-69 when Josh Richardson scored the last of his 19 points on a layup with 24.6 seconds left. McRaes layup following another Michigan turnover made it 72-71 with 10.8 seconds remaining. So when the officials ruled Michigans Caris LeVert caught the ball with one foot on the baseline and 9.6 seconds left, Martin made the smart call by giving Stokes a chance to win it with a basket or draw the foul. "We got the ball to Jarnell. Jordan set a screen for him to get him right to isolate him, attack him in the middle," Martin explained. "Obviously we got the ball where we wanted." However, the call went against them. "We heard all week about they had mismatches and how we couldnt guard them inside," Morgan said after letting out a scream at the end. "Were not really soft around here. Thats not who we are." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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