Falcons pick off Brees 5 times, beat Saints 23-13

Falcons pick off Brees 5 times, beat Saints 23-13
November 29, 2012, 11:45 pm
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws under pressure from New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)

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ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead and the defense made it stand up, picking off five of Drew Brees' passes and ending his NFL-record touchdown streak with a 23-13 victory Thursday night.

The Falcons moved to the brink of clinching the NFC South and dealt a big blow to the Saints (5-7) and their fading playoff hopes. William Moore had two of the five interceptions, which were the most of Brees' career and came four days after he had two passes picked off and returned for touchdowns in a loss to San Francisco.

Brees had thrown a touchdown pass in 54 consecutive games. He had an apparent scoring pass to Darren Sproles late in the first half, but it was nullified by a penalty.