The New Orleans Saints lead the Atlanta Falcons 14-13 at halftime of Thursday night's game in Atlanta. Both offenses have done well, but the Saints were able to finish for touchdowns twice, and hold a slight advantage as a result
The Falcons held the Saints to a 3-and-out on the first possession of Thursday's game. The two teams then traded five consecutive scoring drives. The two offenses combined for 412 total yards, led by strong performances by the starting quarterbacks.
Drew Brees went 13-for-18 passing for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. His first score came on a one-yard pass to Ben Watson at the end of a 15-play, 79-yard drive. His second score went to Jimmy Graham, who dragged a defender into the end zone for a 44-yard score.
Matt Ryan went 14-for-19 passing for 147 yards. He didn't have touchdown, though he led several long drives. Matt Bryant had field goals of 39 and 24 yards, and Steven Jackson found the end zone on a one-yard plunge to keep the Falcons within striking distance.
The Falcons have looked much better than the 2-8 team they are, but if they hope to upset the Saints, they'll need to finish drives in the end zone.