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As for the interceptions, Brees said, "I look at all three and just shake my head."
Ryan had the better performance with a lot less wear and tear on his arm. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 248 yards and made no big mistakes. The rookie spread it around, hooking up with Michael Jenkins on six passes for 72 yards, while White had five receptions for 68 yards. Michael Turner took care of the running game, carrying 27 times for 96 yards.
But Norwood, Turner's backup, had the biggest play of all after Atlanta used up a good chunk of the third quarter on a drive that led to Jason Elam's second field goal.
Ryan faked a handoff, then swung a pass to Norwood in the flat. The blockers provided a big hole and he did the rest, bursting down the sideline for the longest pass play of his career.
"We feel like any time we get the ball in his hands, he has a chance to go for a touchdown," Ryan said.
As if things weren't bad enough for the Saints, cornerback Mike McKenzie was taken off the field on a cart after fracturing his right kneecap. The 32-year-old is likely out for the year and his career could be in jeopardy after his second major injury in as many seasons.
Notes: The Falcons improved to 4-0 on their home field, the team's best start at the Georgia Dome since the 1998 Super Bowl season. ... Abraham banged his left shoulder while rushing Brees late in the first half and to come out. The Falcons star managed to finish the game, but wiggled his the arm uncomfortably at times. "I feel great," he said. "Just a little beat up." ... Henderson ran for 30 yards on his lone carry, which made him the Saints' leading rusher. New Orleans attempted only 17 running plays. ... White's TD catch was his sixth of the season, a career high. ... Atlanta snapped a streak of four straight losses against its division rival. New Orleans swept both meetings in 2006 and '07.
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