Falcons suffer 34-14 loss to Saints

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

ATLANTA -- The Falcons awoke to news of their disgraced quarterback being sentenced to nearly two years in prison for dogfighting.

The day never got any better.

With Reggie Bush watching from the sideline, Drew Brees passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints bounced back from a devastating loss with a 34-14 rout of Atlanta on Monday night.

The Falcons (3-10) showed just how much they miss Michael Vick, who was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison about 10 hours before his ex-teammates kicked off another game in a lost season.

Even though Bush wasn't able to play because of a partially torn knee ligament that reportedly will keep him out the rest of the season, the Saints (6-7) had no trouble getting over the disappointment of their last-minute loss to Tampa Bay a week earlier.

Brees shredded the Falcons' defense for four scoring drives that covered at least 75 yards, including a 99-yarder. He opened with a 25-yard touchdown pass to David Patten, and hooked up with Marquis Colston on a pair of shorter TD throws.

-- AP

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