First, it looked like the Falcons were going to the locker room with the lead. Then, it seemed that the Saints were heading for a halftime lead. But after a few crazy last seconds, the teams are tied 10-10 in half.
Atlanta drove from its own 32 to the 42 Saints. With 14 seconds left, Matt Ryan tried to hit Julio Jones and Marshon Lattimore chose him. The rookie corner almost had a pick-six, but Jones made the inning after a 33-yard return to Atlanta 29. Jones was not happy when he went to the sideline, screaming for the Falcons bench.
With four seconds remaining, the Saints immediately lined up for a field goal. Wil Lutz's 47-yard field goal was good, but Josh LeRibeus was marked by an illegal formation. The guard of the Saints lined up too far behind the line of scrimmage. Because the time ran out, the teams went to the locker room tied.
Saints coach Sean Payton listened to the officials when they left the field.
The Saints lost running back Alvin Kamara, who will not return after being diagnosed with a concussion in the team's first series. Kenny Vaccaro (groin), defensive Trey Hendrickson (left ankle), guard Senio Kelemete (concussion), wide receiver Michael Thomas (unknown), linebacker A.J. Klein (groin) and tight end Josh Hill (unknown) stop being tested during the first half. At one point, according to the multiple tweets, the Saints did not have enough doctors as players waited to enter the blue tent.
Kelemete will not return.
Drew Brees completed 14 of 17 for 154 yards and a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tommylee Lewis, who becomes the 60th player to receive a Brees touchdown pass. Thomas has five receptions for 58 yards. Mark Ingram has eight catches for 33 yards.
Ryan completed 9-of-16 for 132 yards and a selection. Jones has three receptions for 65 yards.