NFL: New Orleans 23, Atlanta 3

Sept. 26, 2006 at 1:19 AM

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Drew Brees completed 20-of-28 passes for 191 yards as the New Orleans Saints downed the Atlanta Falcons, 23-3, in an emotional return to the Superdome.

The undefeated Saints scored early in their first regular season game in the rebuilt domed stadium since December 26, 2004, when Curtis Deloach recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown in the first two minutes. New Orleans took a 14-3 lead in the first quarter when Devery Henderson ran 11-yards for a touchdown on a double-reverse.

Deuce McAllister had 81 yards on 19 carries, Reggie Bush rambled 53 yards on 13 carries and Marques Colson caught seven passes for 97 yards as the Saints improved to 3-0.

Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick completed 12-of-31 passes for 137 yards as the Falcons (2-1) managed just a field goal.

The Superdome was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina last year and underwent a $185 million renovation. The Saints played all their games outside New Orleans in their 3-13 2005 season.

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