NEW ORLEANS, NOV. 25 -- Steve Walsh completed a six-yard touchdown to Eric Martin with 2:10 left today, giving the New Orleans Saints a 10-7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in a game that saved its offensive fireworks for the final seven minutes.
Chris Miller gave the Falcons their only lead when he connected with seldom-used receiver George Thomas on a 51-yard touchdown pass with 7:06 remaining. But the advantage lasted less than two minutes as Walsh brought the Saints back on an 86-yard drive.
"Thank God that games are four quarters long and last 60 minutes, because it was a nightmare before that," Walsh said.
Atlanta's Greg Davis had a 51-yard field goal attempt with 1:08 to go, but the kick went wide right.
New Orleans took a 3-0 lead on the final play of the first half on a 20-yard field goal by Morten Andersen, and it appeared that might stand up: Each team had six three-play possessions during the game.
"We were three and out so many times," Martin said. "But the defense kept getting us the ball time after time after time."
Both teams missed field goals in the first half. Davis's 51-yard attempt was short and Andersen was wide left from 43 yards.