The New Orleans Saints lived on the edge again on Sunday, but they showed a sixth sense when the game was on the line.
Garrett Hartley, who missed an extra-point try earlier in the game, delivered a 38-yard field goal with 4:42 left, and the Saints held on for a 26-23 victory on Sunday in the Georgia Dome.
The Saints remained unbeaten in 13 games. The Falcons, their hated NFC South rival, dropped to 6-7 with the loss and they are all but eliminated from playoff contention.
The Saints will play host to the Dallas Cowboys (8-4) on Saturday night in the Louisiana Superdome.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes in the game, two of them to running back Reggie Bush.
The Falcons tied the game at 23 on Jason Snelling's 5-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
Hartley missed an extra point right before halftime, forcing the Saints to settle for a 16-6 lead.
See sunherald.com for updates on the game. Complete coverage will be in Monday's editions.