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VIDEO: Saints Stop Falcons On Fourth Down In Overtime

The Atlanta Falcons made the right call to go for it on fourth down in overtime against the New Orleans Saints. Just about any team should be able to pick up an inch against the Saints front, and I could probably count on two hands the number of quarterback sneaks I've ever seen that have failed to gain an inch. Plus, nobody wants to give Drew Brees another chance to drive the field.

Or how about a nice play action pass! With the whole New Orleans front tuned to stuff something up the middle, Tony Gonzalez could've gained 40 yards.

But nope, neither of those was the play call. It was ultimately a victory for the obvious over the equally obvious. Here's the video:

At this point, I'm not sure if I'd bet on Michael Turner to gain needed yardage against a normal front, let alone one concentrating on nothing but stopping Michael Turner. Mike Smith will get killed for the decision to go for it, but that's confusing strategy with tactics. The strategy was sound.

For more on Sunday's game, check out The Falcoholic, SB Nation's Atlanta Falcons blog, and Canal Street Chronicles, SB Nation's New Orleans Saints blog.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.