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.
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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.