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Saints win season opener 23-17 over Falcons

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The New Orleans Saints defense sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. The New Orleans Saints defense sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) -

The defense for the New Orleans Saints gave up points early against the Atlanta Falcons, but tightened up to help secure a 23-17 win in the Mercedes Benz Superdome Sunday.

Safety Kenny Vacarro, the first round draft pick of the Saints, tipped quarterback Matt Ryan's fourth down pass in the end zone and safety Roman Harper intercepted it to save the day.

Wide receiver Marques Colston set a franchise record with his 59th touchdown reception from quarterback Drew Brees, as the Saints battled back from an early 10-0 deficit.

Rob Ryan's new 3-4 defense pressured Ryan most of the afternoon. However, Stephen Jackson had a chance to make a game-winning touchdown grab on third down in the final minute, but dropped Ryan's pass with linebacker Ramon Humber on the coverage in the end zone.

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