Howdy, folks! It’s that time of the week where we break down Game Balls. We recognize the biggest impact players for the Saints this week by giving out three game balls. This isn’t necessarily given to the biggest stat-line players, as we want to focus more on the players who made an impact on their respective side of the ball.
It was a shootout, and an entertaining one at that. The teams didn’t let up and took the game to overtime where the Saints put the game away before the Falcons could get a chance to crack at it. Let’s hand out the game balls.
Game Ball One: RB Alvin Kamara
Kamara may not have scored a touchdown, but golly was he valuable! He touched the ball 31 times, seeing 16 carries for 66 yards. Then, he was targeted 20 times and caught 15 passes for 124 yards. 31 touches for 190 yards isn’t shabby, and Kamara set up the Saints for big, game turning plays multiple times during the contest. He was absolutely on fire, and the Falcons couldn’t contain him.
Game Ball Two: DE Cameron Jordan
Cameron Jordan collected 2 sacks and 5 more tackles, being the defensive force we have been accustomed to seeing the past couple of weeks. He came up big later in the game. On the opening play of the half, he sacked Matt Ryan. He got him again in the 4th quarter, on 3rd and goal at the 5 and forced a field goal attempt. Unfortunately, a penalty on the field goal gave Atlanta the first down and they ended up scoring a touchdown, but Jordan was everywhere and unstoppable.
Game Ball Three: QB Drew Brees
You cannot avoid giving this man the game ball. He balled out and played his heart out, throwing for 3 touchdowns and running in another 2. Brees continued his remarkable accuracy, completing 39 of 49 passes for 396 yards, and compiled a passer rating of 120.7. Brees did an outstanding job leading this team up and down the field, then using his legs on the goal line when he needed to, twice!
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