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Saints hand Falcons first loss

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees passed for 312 yards, tight end Ben Watson racked up a career-high 127 yards receiving to go with a touchdown catch, and the Saints handed the Falcons their first loss of the season with a 31-21 win Thursday.

The Saints' Michael Mauti blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown, delighting the Superdome crowd with a play reminiscent of Steve Gleason's famous block against Atlanta in 2006. Mark Ingram ran for two touchdowns, and New Orleans' defense recovered three fumbles, two inside its 20-yard line.

Former FSU running back Devonta Freeman rushed for 100 yards, including a 25-yard score, for Atlanta. Matt Ryan passed for 295 yards and two TDs. Ryan is 5-9 in his career against the Saints, 66-36 vs. all other teams.

Kelly: No USC interest

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles coach Chip Kelly tried to silence the speculation he will be a candidate for the coaching job at USC.

"I understand that it's going to happen (when) we're not successful and we're not winning," said Kelly, whose Eagles are 2-3.

Kelly said he had not heard from USC, which fired coach Steve Sarkisian this week after first asking him to take a leave of absence to seek treatment for alcohol abuse, or any other schools with openings.

Since coming to Philadelphia from Oregon in 2013, Kelly has been the subject of rumors about various college jobs. "I hope someday … win enough games where I can stay around long enough where that speculation ends," Kelly said.

Shot Cowboys fan dies: A Texas man who was shot at a tailgate party at the Cowboys' stadium Sunday has died. Richard Sells, 43, died Wednesday night at a Fort Worth hospital. He was shot during a fight after the Cowboys lost to the Patriots, authorities said. Marvin Rodriguez, 28, is jailed on charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Officials disciplined: In a rare admission of discipline for game officials, the NFL has suspended a side judge and moved a back judge off a prime-time game. The league suspended side judge Rob Vernatchi for this week's games for not managing the clock properly in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's game at San Diego on Monday night. After a kickoff that was not returned, 18 seconds ran off the clock. The side judge is in charge of monitoring the clock, which is kept on the stadium scoreboard.

Reassigned Greg Wilson, the back judge who missed an end-zone penalty in the final moments of Detroit's loss at Seattle the previous Monday. Wilson was moved off Sunday night's Patriots-Colts game and will work Dolphins-Titans instead, the Associated Press reported.

Cowboys: For the first time since fracturing his right foot in the season opener, receiver Dez Bryant participated in practice. "I'm getting back," Bryant said.

Giants: Cornerback Prince Amukamara is out two to four weeks with a partially torn pectoral muscle, coach Tom Coughlin said.

Raiders: Defensive end Justin Tuck will have season-ending surgery on a torn pectoral muscle, reports said. He was hurt trying to tackle Denver running back C.J. Anderson on Sunday.

Seahawks: Fullback Derrick Coleman was suspended by the team after he was arrested in a hit-and-run investigation in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue. Former Bull B.J. Daniels was signed to take Coleman's roster spot.

Steelers: Center Maurkice Pouncey might miss the season after having a second surgery on his left fibula because infection had set in, reports said. The former Gator injured his ankle and fibula in a preseason game.

Saints hand Falcons first loss 10/15/15 [Last modified: Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:59pm]
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