New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, seeing his first action in six weeks, hit tight end Henry Childs with an 18-yard touchdown pass with just over a minute to play to give the New Orleans Saints a 21-20 National Football League victory over the Atlanta Falcons today.
Earlier in the second half, Manning passed 13 yards to Childs for a touchdown.
Manning completed four passed in the 90-yard drive to victory and rushed for 27 yards on a quarterback draw on a third and five.
On a fourth and one on that drive, running back Chuck Munice ran 24 yards to put the ball on the Atlanta 25. Tony Galbreath picked up 14 and, after a seven-yard loss, Manning tossed the winning touchdown.
Woody Thompson rushed for 124 yards for Atlanta, now 5-5 for the season. It was the first time Thompson has gained more than 100 yards in three years in the NFL.
The 21 points were the most scored on the Falcons this season. On the other hand, Atlanta scored the most points of its season.
The Falcons set another unusual team record in the first quarter when Fred Steinfort booted a 31-yard field goal to put Atlanta on the board in the opening quarter for the first time this year.