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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, center, is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive end Tyrunn Walker, left, in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, center, is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive end Tyrunn Walker, left, in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
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(AP) Drew Brees passed for 357 yards and two scores and the New Orleans held on for a 23-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons to give Saints coach Sean Payton a triumphant return from his bounty ban.


Roman Harper intercepted a tipped fourth down pass in the end zone with under a minute left.


Brees connected with Marques Colston for a 25-yard touchdown pass during which the receiver also set a franchise mark for catches with 533. Brees also hit tight end Jimmy Graham for a 7-yard score in the third quarter.


Matt Ryan passed for 304 yards and touchdown passes to Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones. He also drove Atlanta to the Saints 3 in the final minute before falling just short.


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