After finding much success on the ground on the game's opening drive, the Falcons offense inexplicably abandoned the run and subsequently watched their point production stall.
Matt Ryan did find Tony Gonzalez on a 17-yard touchdown pass, but after eight rushes for 98 yards in the first quarter, Dirk Koetter called only three running plays to little success.
Atlanta's defense, meanwhile, allowed their first points of the day to the Saints when Mark Ingram scored from one yard out. Ingram, however, has been limited to 13 yards on six carries, and Pierre Thomas has only 21 yards on four rushes.
But while Drew Brees threw his second interception of the day, this one made by Sean Weatherspoon, his ability to move the ball against Atlanta has improved as this game progresses, especially via the deep ball (the Saints have four passes of 20 yards or more).
Lance Moore has two catches for 61 yards, and Marques Colston has four for 59 yards. Jimmy Graham has stayed quiet, however, catching only one pass for 13 yards.
As the second half begins, Atlanta will look to extend its ten-point advantage and finally earn a convincing win for once.