Quick Take: Saints roll past Falcons

It was over when ...
Roman Harper's 31-yard interception return for a touchdown gave the Saints a 31-7 lead. The Falcons scored a touchdown on Michael Jenkins' 13-yard reception in the fourth quarter but never really threatened.

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Saints receiver David Patten had nine receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. Patten had many of his receptions early, putting an immediate imprint on the game with a 25-yard touchdown reception to open the scoring in the first quarter.

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The Saints held the Falcons to 37 rushing yards, putting most of the pressure on quarterback Chris Redman, who was making his first start since 2002.

The Saints (6-7) are still alive in the playoff hunt, trailing Minnesota (7-6) by one game for the final wild-card berth in the NFC. The Saints are tops among the four 6-7 teams by virtue of their superior conference record (5-4). ... Redman spent last season selling insurance in the Louisville area. ... The Saints have given up only 11 sacks on the season, a low number for a team that averages 40 passes per game. Drew Brees was not sacked on Monday night. ... The Saints swept the season series for the second consecutive year.

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