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Thomas DeCoud, William Moore shine in win over Saints

Atlanta's safety tandem accounted for three interceptions on Thursday night, which helped the Falcons improve to 11-1 on the season. Now the team is one Tampa Bay loss away from a division title.


The Atlanta Falcons forced Saints quarterback Drew Brees into five interceptions in their win on Thursday night, and three of those interceptions were made by safeties Thomas DeCoud and William Moore.

DeCoud intercepted Brees on New Orleans' fifth play from scrimmage, setting the tone for what was to come in the rest of the game. Moore's interceptions came in the second half, including a game-sealing pick on a deep Brees pass with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The odds were already long for New Orleans, which was down 23-13 at the time of that final interception, and that play ensured that Atlanta would improve to 11-1 on the season.

Sean Weatherspoon and Jonathan Babineaux were the other Falcons players to intercept Brees passes. Brees still threw for 341 yards, but he was held to zero touchdown passes by the Atlanta defense.

The victory means Atlanta can clinch the NFC South with a Tampa Bay loss to Denver on Sunday.

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