Fal­cons back in thick of things in NFC South

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Deion Jones’ in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone with 1:25 re­main­ing sealed the Fal­cons’ 20-17 vic­tory over the New Or­leans Saints Thurs­day in At­lanta, set­ting up a three-way race for the NFC South ti­tle. Matt Ryan shook off three in­ter­cep­tions to guide the Fal­cons to Matt Bryant’s 52-yard field goal with 3:49 to go, snap­ping a 17-17 tie. The Saints (9-4) were in po­si­tion to pull out the vic­tory, driving to the At­lanta 11 af­ter Drew Brees con­verted on fourth-and-one with a quar­ter­back sneak. On sec­ond down, Brees at­tempted to hit tight end Josh Hill in the end zone, but was in­ter­cepted by Jones. The Fal­cons (8-5) climbed to within one game of the di­vi­sion-lead­ing Saints with three weeks to go.

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