New Orleans Saints replicate iconic punt play in win over the Atlanta Falcons

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The New Orleans Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons last night 31-21, knocking their divisional rivals off of their undefeated perch.

Saints' tight end Benjamin Watson had a career-best night, connecting with quarterback Drew Brees for 10 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown, and helping his franchise pick up only their second win of the season after six games.

During the game, the Falcons caused so many miscues, including one which resembled an important part of Saints history, that also so happened to be against the Atlanta franchise.7


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The Falcons had a punt blocked and recovered by linebacker Michael Mauti in the first quarter, helping the Saints achieve a 14-0 lead early in the game.

This blocked punt resembled the iconic play by Steve Gleason in 2006, who attends several Saints home games and was in the stadium watching the game last night.

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Gleason famously blocked a punt against the Falcons in the first game after the Superdome was reopened following the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina. The play was such a boost for the franchise that had been through so much in the previous year, it is immortalized outside the stadium with a statue.

Realising the similarities between the plays, the former safety tweeted out a message to the Falcons.

This could be a similar boost for the Saints this season, as following the win last night, they moved up to a 2-4 record. It could be the start of the franchise turning their season around in what is always a tough NFC South division.

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