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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; ATLANTA (AP) — The Falcons awoke to news of their disgraced quarterback being sentenced to nearly two years in prison for dogfighting. The day never got any better. With Reggie Bush watching from the sideline, Drew Brees passed for 328 ...

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Falcons See Vick Sentenced, Then Get Blown Out by Saints



ATLANTA (AP) — The Falcons awoke to news of their disgraced quarterback being sentenced to nearly two years in prison for dogfighting.

The day never got any better.

With Reggie Bush watching from the sideline, Drew Brees passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints bounced back from a devastating loss with a 34-14 rout of Atlanta on Monday night.

The Falcons (3-10) showed just how much they miss Michael Vick, who was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison about 10 hours before his ex-teammates kicked off another game in a lost season.

Even though Bush wasn't able to play because of a partially torn knee ligament that reportedly will keep him out the rest of the season, the Saints (6-7) had no trouble getting over the disappointment of their last-minute loss to Tampa Bay a week earlier.

Brees shredded the Falcons' defense for four scoring drives that covered at least 75 yards, including a 99-yarder that used up nearly the entire field. He opened with a 25-yard touchdown pass to David Patten, hooked up with Marquis Colston on a pair of shorter TD throws, and would have had another score if Eric Johnson had not dropped a pass in the end zone.

Two Falcons tried to show their solidarity with Vick, sending messages that almost surely will draw fines from the image-conscious NFL.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall ran on the field during pregame introductions holding up a Vick poster and had "MV7" painted beneath his eyes. Roddy White hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass that briefly tied the game at 7, then pulled up his jersey to reveal a T-shirt that said "Free Mike Vick."

Hall and White can only hope Vick didn't have cable TV in his jail cell, because this was another ugly performance by the team No. 7 put in such a bind with his off-the-field troubles.

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