That play capped off an impressive second-half performance as the Saints' pass rush overwhelmed a shaky Falcons offensive line for a 23-17 victory. In addition to the interception, New Orleans' defense came through with three sacks and two forced fumbles, holding Atlanta's offense to nine points below its 2012 average.
The aforementioned pass-protection issues extended beyond the first-year starters to established left tackle Sam Baker. Another problem for the Falcons' aerial attack was Roddy White's ankle sprain, which prevented the receiver from pushing off throughout the game. White essentially was a non-factor, taking a backseat to Harry Douglas.