Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Saints 20, Falcons 17

Saints go out winners on FG

ATLANTA — Jamarca Sanford's first interception in five years helped the Saints sweep the Falcons again.

The safety picked off Matt Ryan's pass at the Atlanta 25 with less than two minutes left to set up Kai Forbath's winning 30-yard field goal as time expired for New Orleans.

Sanford cut in front of Devonta Freeman with 1:47 left for his first interception since 2011 with the Vikings. Sanford said defensive back coach Wesley McGriff prepared him for plays the Falcons like in their two-minute offense.

"I picked up on the angle route with the tailback," Sanford said. "I got the formation. ... I knew they were running the angle route. It was a good job of coach putting me in the right place."

Ryan called the pass "a bad decision on my part and a disappointing way to end the season."

The Saints completed their sixth sweep of the season series with the Falcons in 10 years under coach Sean Payton. He is 15-5 against Atlanta.

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