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Falcons pick off Brees 5 times, beat Saints 23-13

  • New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) makes a catch between Atlanta Falcons' Sean Weatherspoon, obscured, and Charles Mitchell (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) makes a catch between Atlanta Falcons' Sean Weatherspoon, obscured, and Charles Mitchell (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

  • New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) goes over the top to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) goes over the top to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) celebrates with wide receivers Julio Jones (11) and Roddy White after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

    Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) celebrates with wide receivers Julio Jones (11) and Roddy White after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws under pressure from New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws under pressure from New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws under pressure from New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws under pressure from New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann (71) and Stephen Nicholas (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann (71) and Stephen Nicholas (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • CORRECTS PLAY TO HIT, NOT SACKED - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is hit by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann (71) and Stephen Nicholas (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    CORRECTS PLAY TO HIT, NOT SACKED - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is hit by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann (71) and Stephen Nicholas (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • CORRECTS PLAY TO HIT, NOT SACKED - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is hit by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann (71) and Stephen Nicholas (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    CORRECTS PLAY TO HIT, NOT SACKED - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is hit by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann (71) and Stephen Nicholas (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes a catch for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes a catch for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes a catch for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes a catch for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

  • Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant (3) makes a field goal as Matt Bosher (5) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

    Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant (3) makes a field goal as Matt Bosher (5) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

  • New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) makes a catch in front of Atlanta Falcons defensive back Chris Owens (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) makes a catch in front of Atlanta Falcons defensive back Chris Owens (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) returns an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) returns an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) makes a catch between Atlanta Falcons' Sean Weatherspoon, obscured, and Charles Mitchell (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)
  • New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) goes over the top to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) celebrates with wide receivers Julio Jones (11) and Roddy White after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws under pressure from New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)
  • Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws under pressure from New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)
  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann (71) and Stephen Nicholas (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • CORRECTS PLAY TO HIT, NOT SACKED - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is hit by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann (71) and Stephen Nicholas (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • CORRECTS PLAY TO HIT, NOT SACKED - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is hit by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann (71) and Stephen Nicholas (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes a catch for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) makes a catch for a touchdown as New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)
  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)
  • Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant (3) makes a field goal as Matt Bosher (5) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)
  • New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) makes a catch in front of Atlanta Falcons defensive back Chris Owens (21) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore (25) returns an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Falcons swipe a win

The Atlanta Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead and the defense made it stand up, picking off five of Drew Brees’s passes and ending his NFL-record touchdown streak with a 23-13 victory last night.

The Falcons moved to the brink of clinching the NFC South and dealt a big blow to the Saints (5-7) and their fading playoff hopes. William Moore had two of the five interceptions, which were the most of Brees’s career and came four days after he had two passes picked off and returned for touchdowns in a loss to San Francisco.

Brees had thrown a touchdown pass in 54 consecutive games. He had an apparent scoring pass to Darren Sproles late in the first half, but it was nullified by a penalty.

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