The first half of the Falcons season has been highlighted by
the players they’ve lost.
, the got a glimpse of one that might be coming back.Via D.
Orlando Ledbetter of the, Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones tested his broken foot
during practice, working on the side with the team’s athletic training
staff.Jones broke his foot in the opener, and has missed six games, which means
he’s at least two weeks away from a return. But he’d provide a boost to a
defense that was shell-shocked in the first three weeks, when he and starting
safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal went to IR.The Falcons are expected to use
their other designated for return spot on running back Devonta Freeman, who is
out following core muscle surgery.A player can start practicing after six weeks,
which triggers a three-week window to activate him. Jones apparently isn’t ready
for that much work load, but being back on his feet is a positive step. In
addition to his own
he’d help the entire defense as he’s the signal-caller, and that job has been
split among a few players early this year.
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A 14-yard touchdown pass from Carolina quarterback Cam Newton to tight end
Greg Olsen has cut the Saints’ lead to 24-19 early in the fourth quarter.
It was the first Panthers TD of the game on their fifth trip inside the
Saints 22-yard line.
The other four drives deep into Saints territory ended with field-goal
attempts, one of which missed.
The Saints led 21-6 in the final minute of the first half, but the Panthers
have since rallied to pull within less than a touchdown with more than 12
minutes to go.
Wil Lutz’s 57-yard field goal has given New Orleans a 24-12 lead in its NFC
wild-card game against Carolina.
The Saints were threatening for more when the Panthers’ pass rush forced
Saints quarterback Drew Brees to throw the ball away on third-and-5 from the
Brees was called for intentional grounding, resulting in a 17-yard loss to
the Carolina 39.
But Saints coach Sean Payton made the aggressive decision to try the field
goal when a miss would have given the Panthers the ball near midfield with 6:05
to go in the third quarter.
Graham Gano’s 29-yard field goal has trimmed New Orleans’ lead over the
Panthers to 21-12 early in the third quarter.
However, the possession also marked the fourth time in the game Carolina
drove as far as the Saints 21-yard line, only to settle for a field goal
The Panthers do not have a touchdown in the game, despite gaining 254
The New Orleans Saints’ ability to convert in the red zone has given them a
21-9 halftime lead over the Carolina Panthers in their NFC wild-card
But the Panthers, who’ll receive the kickoff to open the second
Marshall Jersey , took some momentum into the locker room after Graham
Gano narrowly made a 58-yard field-goal attempt as time expired in the second
Brees went 13 of 18 for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the half, including
an 80-yard pass to Ted Ginn for the first points of the game late in the first
Brees’ other scoring pass went to tight end Josh Hill from 9 yards.
Fullback Zach Line scored on a 1-yard run in the final minute of the half,
but Carolina QB Cam Newton was able to drive the Panthers to the New Orleans 40
in about 40 seconds, setting up Gano’s long field goal, which grazed the left
Newton drove the Panthers inside the Saints 25 three times, but Gano pushed
his first attempt wide from only 25 yards. It was an unusual miss for Gano, who
went 29 of 30 during the regular season with his only miss from beyond 50
He made his next three attempts, including from 27 and 39 yards.
The Saints were unable to convert both of their third downs in the half, but
had first down gains on eight straight second down
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including four times from 10 yards.
Graham Gano’s 39-yard field goal has cut the Saints’ lead over the Panthers
to 14-6 late in the second quarter of their NFC wild-card game.
Gano’s kick capped a 12-play 54-yard drive that included quarterback Cam
Newton’s fourth-and-1 conversion on a keeper near midfield. The Panthers also
converted on third-and-8 with a pass over the middle to Brenton Bersin before
the drive stalled on the New Orleans 21-yard line.
The Panthers have been moving the ball, but struggling in the red zone,
settling three times for Gano field goal attempts, the first of which sailed
Drew Brees’ 9-yard pass to wide open tight end Josh Hill has given the New
Orleans Saints a 14-3 lead in the second quarter of their NFC wild-card game
against the Carolina Panthers.
Brees completed all seven of his passes on the 75-yard drive, highlighted by
a 19-yard completion to Michael Thomas, who also made a sudden move after a
catch along the left sideline for a 13-yard gain to set up the score.
Brees is 9 of 12 for 163 yards and two touchdowns, nearly half of that coming
on an 80-yard scoring pass to Ted Ginn on the previous drive.
The Saints appear to have lost starting left guard Andrus Peat to a lower
left leg injury.
Peat went down while blocking on a short run by Alvin Kamara with 12:38 left
in the second quarter.
Saints medical staff brought out a cart to take Peat off of the field as
teammates gathered around him to show their support.
The 6-foot-7, 316-pound Peat was the Saints’ first-round draft pick in 2015
out of Stanford, where he played left tackle. He has played both at guard and
tackle as needed during his three-year NFL career.
Graham Gano’s 27-yard field goal has given the Carolina Panthers their first
points of their NFC wild-card game in New Orleans.
Montgomery Jersey , which trimmed the Saints’ lead to 7-3 early in the
second quarter, came after Carolina quarterback Cam Newton overthrew Greg Olsen
near the right sideline on third down.
The Panthers got within striking distance thanks to Ken Crawley’s 39-yard
pass interference penalty on Kaelin Clay, giving Carolina a first down on the
Saints 13-yard line.
New Orleans’ defense held from there, however.
Two plays after Graham Gano surprisingly missed a 25-yard field-goal attempt
for only his second miss this season, the Saints used a big play to take a 7-0
lead late in the first quarter of New Orleans’ playoff matchup with