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Don Banks MidSeason Report


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GAME OF THE YEAR -- Falcons 27, Saints 24, OT, Week 3: Atlanta knocked off its arch division rival and the defending Super Bowl champions, silencing the Superdome when kicker Matt Bryant nailed a 46-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining in overtime. The Saints were dangerously close to improving to 3-0 and knocking the Falcons to 1-2, but New Orleans kicker Garrett Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal wide left in overtime, giving Atlanta new life and the rest of the league hope that the Saints were indeed beatable. Quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matt Ryan combined for almost 600 yards of passing and five touchdowns.

And on a side note:

UPSET OF THE YEAR -- Browns 30, Saints 17, Week 7: Cleveland may not know how to build a playoff team, but the Browns know how to take out a defending Super Bowl champion on any given Sunday. For the third year in a row, Cleveland beat the guys who hoisted the trophy the season before, and this time it was the most convincing victory of all. The Browns intercepted Drew Brees four times, sacked him three times and returned two of the picks for touchdowns (both by veteran linebacker David Bowens). Cleveland improved to 2-5, and the Saints slipped to 4-3, dropping their second home game of the year after going 8-2 in the dome last season.

Game of the Year and Upset of the Year so far and the Saints are losers in both - Sa-Weet!

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