The pressure to keep winning stays on the Atlanta Falcons after the New Orleans Saints closed to a half game in the NFC South with a come-from-ahead-then-come-from-behind victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-30, at Paul Brown Stadium. The Saints improved to 9-3 after their their fifth straight win, matching the Falcons current winning streak.
Drew Brees was his typical MVP self, throwing for 313 yards on 24 of 29 passing and two touchdowns – including the game-winner to Marques Colston. Chris Ivory was the X factor against the Bengals, rushing for 117 yards and two scores including a 55-yarder in the second quarter.
The Saints appeared in command of the game leading 20-6 in the third quarter but the Bengals stormed back to tie the game at 20 after Terrell Owens and Cedric Benson each scored touchdowns. After both teams traded scores again, it was 27-all in the fourth quarter before the Saints traded a field goal for a touchdown and a loss for a victory.