New Orleans’ Reggie Bush has been brazen enough to suggest that the Saints could equal the New England Patriots and go — gasp — 16-0.
Well, it’s still early, but Bush’s words will hold up for another week.
The Saints stayed perfect with another come-from-behind victory, improving to 7-0 with a 35-27 win over division-rival Atlanta on Monday Night Football.
Only the 1991 Saints began a season with as many wins.
They had to survive a last-ditch effort from the Falcons, who kicked a field goal in the last minute and recovered an onside kick.
But Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan tossed an interception to Darren Sharper in the final seconds to seal the victory for New Orleans.
Sharper’s interception also was the Saints’ 16th overall this season, surpassing New Orleans’ total of 15 from last season. The Saints have at least one interception in every game this season.
Ryan finished with three interceptions, the third straight game he’s been intercepted at least twice.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees continued his sterling season with 308 yards in the air and two touchdown passes.
Brees hit Marques Colston for an 18-yard score. Pierre Thomas scored on a 22-yard run in the first quarter and a 1-yard catch out of the backfield with 3:03 to go, flipping backward over a tackler and into the end zone. That touchdown made it 35-24 and ignited the entire Superdome into chants of “Who dat say they gonna’ beat them Saints?”
Reggie Bush added a 1-yard touchdown late in the first half, giving the Saints a lead they would not relinquish.
Jabari Greer added a 48-yard interception return for a score, the Saints’ fifth score on an interception this season, tying a single-season franchise mark set in 1998.
The Falcons’ defense also produced a score. Thomas DeCoud’s jarring sack on a delayed blitz up the middle dislodged the ball from Brees and Kroy Biermann returned the ball from the 4-yard line, giving Atlanta its 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.
Brees came back strong, leading the Saints 80 yards to tie the game at 14-14.