Brees shakes off INTs, leads Saints to win
ATLANTA (AP) - Drew Brees shook off two fourth-quarter interceptions, throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham with 3:24 remaining that gave New Orleans a 17-14 victory over the Atlanta Falcons and clinched a return to the playoffs for the defending Super Bowl champions Monday night.
The Falcons (12-3) had a chance to wrap up their first division crown since 2004 and home-field advantage in the playoffs. But Brees and the Saints (11-4) are still in the mix, making up for a bitter loss to their NFC South rival in the Week 3.
Brees completed six straight passes on a 13-play, 90-yard drive, the last of them to the rookie tight end for the winning score. That made up for Chauncey Davis' 26-yard interception return that put the Falcons ahead early in the fourth quarter.
• Vikings, Eagles wait around to play postponed game: The Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles had to wait another day to play the first NFL game on a Tuesday in 64 years.
A winter storm postponed the Vikings-Eagles game from Sunday night to tonight (5 p.m., KHQ) before any snow had even accumulated. About a foot of snow fell on Philadelphia, though less than five inches was on the ground before the scheduled kickoff.
The Vikings (5-9) are getting used to this. Their previous two games also were affected by the weather. Their home game against the Giants on Dec. 12 was postponed a day after Minneapolis got 15 inches of snow. It was then moved to Detroit when the Metrodome roof collapsed.
Their game against Chicago last week was played at the University of Minnesota's outdoor stadium because of the damaged roof.