Looking down even on the regular-season return of Coach Sean Payton, who missed the 2012 regular season and whose presence and influence was felt even before kickoff, as he teamed with former Saints safety Steve Gleason to initiate an emotional “Who Dat” chant by Saints fans.
Alone, deserving of its own marquee in a 23-17 New Orleans victory over Atlanta, was Rob Ryan’s defense.
With two forced turnovers (a fumble recovery and interception by safety
“It was obviously big,” Payton said of the fourth-down stop. “It was the difference between winning and losing. We gave up some plays and some yardage and I thought after that first quarter, we settled in and mixed some things up. That is a real good offense we played.”
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