NFL: New Orleans 31, Atlanta 27

Nov. 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Marques Colston caught his 55th career TD pass Sunday and the New Orleans Saints made two late defensive stops to preserve their 31-27 win over Atlanta.

Colston's 7-yard TD grab from Drew Brees (21-of-32, 298 yards, three TDs, one interception) in the third quarter put the Saints ahead 28-17 and New Orleans (4-5) hung on down the stretch to knock the Falcons (8-1) from the ranks of the undefeated.

The catch gave Colston 55 scoring grabs for the Saints, tying him with Deuce McAllister for the most in team history.

New Orleans' defense -- porous throughout most of the season -- came up big in the closing moments, first frustrating Atlanta on four tries to cross goal from the New Orleans 2-yard line with 2 minutes left.

The Saints also turned back a last-chance try by the Falcons, securing their second straight win.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Alabama football: Crimson Tide host Arkansas, hope to continue momentum from Georgia game
St. Louis Rams' Stedman Bailey fined for 'sleeping' on the job
Toronto Maple Leafs lose in Mike Babcock's debut, earn Montreal Canadians' respect
Johnny Manziel's grandfather loses home in 'suspicious' fire