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Falcons vs. Panthers: John Abraham causing havoc for opponents

Atlanta Falcons linebacker John Abraham has caused a lot of havoc for opposing quarterbacks this season. What was his key play against the New Orleans Saints last week?

Kevin C. Cox

While much of the focus was on the secondary for the Atlanta Falcons' victory over the New Orleans Saints last Thursday, linebacker John Abraham recorded his 10th sack of the season, the seventh time in his career that he has recorded 10 or more sacks in a season.

The sack was a key one against Saints quarterback Drew Brees, knocking the Saints out of field goal range in the fourth quarter while they were driving toward a touchdown. After the Saints punted away, the Falcons added a field goal and took a 10 point lead against the Saints, swinging momentum back in their favor.

In addition to his crucial sack, Abraham recorded a tackle for loss and three additional hits on Brees. ProFootballFocus.com also credited Abraham with nine total quarterback pressures and six hurries. Currently on the season, he is fifth in the league in sacks, only a half-sack behind Miami Dolphins' defensive lineman Cameron Wake.

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