NFL

Hill and the Saints Held on Against the Falcons in a Tantalizing 21-16 Victory

Powered by 232 yards from Taysom Hill, and a total team offensive output of 424 yards, the New Orleans Saints held on against the Atlanta Falcons in a tantalizing 21-16 victory, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Saints rushing game contributed to this win with 207 yards and one rushing touchdown, to support a 232 yards, two touchdowns effort by Taysom Hill.

Hill contributed to this win by completing 27 of 37 passes, finishing the game with 232 yards, no interceptions, two touchdowns and a QB rating of 107.00.

Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara led the rushing game for the Saints. Murray rushed for 17 yards from carrying the football five times. Murray was helped by Kamara who carried the football 15 times for a total of 88 yards. In the passing game, Hill was most successful throwing the ball to Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith. Thomas caught nine passes for a total of 105 yards, while Smith contributed with 42 yards from three passes.

The Saints’ defense contributed to the win with three sacks, one forced fumble, two tackles for loss, and scored zero defensive touchdowns.

On the losing side of the game, Matt Ryan of the Falcons ended the day with one touchdown, along with 273 yards, zero interceptions, and a 80.40 passer rating.

The rushing game for the Falcons was led by Ito Smith and Brian Hill. For the game, Smith rushed for 36 yards from carrying the football eight times. Meanwhile Hill carried the ball 5 times for a total of 18 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Falcons included Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Jones caught six passes for a total of 94 yards, while Ridley contributed with 108 yards from five passes.

In their loss, the Falcons defense contributed with two forced fumbles and two tackles to go along with two sacks and zero defensive touchdowns. This production from the Falcons defense was not enough help get a win.

The Saints walked away from the game with an improved seasonal record of 10-2. The Falcons on the other hand, dropped to 4-8 for the season.