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The New Orleans Saints have given their fans some moments to treasure over their 51-year history. There have certainly been some moments that would make any grown man speechless with rage as well. Today, Canal Street Chronicles looks back in history at precisely such moments.

The date was Sunday, November 12, 1978.
The New Orleans Saints were taking on their bitter division rivals, the Atlanta Falcons. The game was held in the friendly confines of the Louisiana Superdome, where the majority of the approximately 72,000 people in attendance would be screaming their encouragement for the hometown Saints. Both teams entered their first of two matchups on the 1978 season riding a wave of momentum. Atlanta had won four consecutive games to enter this contest with a 6-4 record. New Orleans, meanwhile, had overcome a 2-4 start to win 3 of it’s previous 4 games to enter this showdown with a 5-5 record. The matchup also carried extra significance; not only had both teams positioned themselves for a late season playoff push, but neither franchise had ever made the postseason during it’s existence.

The game started somewhat slowly, with a Saints field goal as the only score of the 1st Quarter, which was matched by Atlanta in the second to even the score. New Orleans quarterback Archie Manning would lead the Saints on a 64-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Tony Galbreath. The Saints then got the ball back with 1:24 left in the half, driving down the field quickly, moving 54 yards in just six plays. A 14-yard touchdown strike from Manning to tight end Henry Childs put New Orleans up, 17-3, at the halftime break.

The Saints running back duo of Galbreath and Chuck Muncie controlled the game on the ground, combining for 35 carries as the team rushed for 166 yards. New Orleans wide receiver Wes Chandler had a dominant afternoon. He caught 7 of Manning’s 14 completions, for a game-high 117 of Manning’s 169 passing yards. The Saints defense, considered the weaker unit on the team, held Atlanta to just 16 first downs and 284 yards for the game.

After the Falcons narrowed the Saints lead to 17-6 on a 3rd Quarter field goal, it appeared as if New Orleans had put itself in position to nearly clinch this pivotal matchup. A Saints drive took them inside the Atlanta 10-yard line with a little over 13 minutes to go in the contest, but an Archie Manning fumble negated the scoring opportunity. The New Orleans defense continued to hold strong, until an 80-yard Atlanta touchdown march that started with 2:23 to play made the score 17-13, in favor of New Orleans. The score came with just 57 seconds left in the game, forcing the Falcons to attempt an onside kick. New Orleans recovered the attempt, giving them possession of the ball at their own 49-yard line, and the game seemingly clinched. The sequence of events that happened next tortures the memories of Saints fans to this day.

Three straight plays gained eight yards, bringing the Saints to a 4th and 2 at the Atlanta 43-yard line. Amazingly, unbelievably, and excruciatingly, Saints coach Dick Nolan went against the logic of punting the football, and instead elected to attempt to get the first down. The ensuing sweep to the right side by Saints running back Chuck Muncie was stopped for no gain, giving Atlanta possession of the ball at their own 43-yard line with 19 seconds remaining in the game.

Falcons quarterback Steve Bartkowski trotted out with his offense and a single play call, named “Big Ben Right”. Atlanta lined three receivers out to the right side of their formation: Billy Ryckman, Wallace Francis, and Alfred Jackson. Bartkowski took the snap and threw the ball deep down the field. Francis had separated himself slightly from his teammates and the group of Saints defenders down the field. The football made it’s descent at around the New Orleans 16-yard line, where Francis went up simultaneously with Saints defensive backs Ralph McGill and Clarence Chapman. The three players batted the ball straight up into the air, where a trailing Alfred Jackson snatched the ball at the Saints’ 11 and sprinted into the end zone for an unbelievable 57-yard touchdown and a deflating 20-17 Atlanta victory.

Two weeks later, on November 26, the teams met again, this time in Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium. The beginning of the game picked right up from the wild finish of two weeks earlier. Atlanta drove right down the field for a touchdown on their first drive, then intercepted Archie Manning on the Saints first offensive play deep in New Orleans territory. Fortunately for the Saints, Atlanta missed a short field goal attempt. Just two plays later, Manning connected with tight end Larry Hardy on a 71-yard touchdown strike to tie the game at seven. Halfway into the second quarter, the Falcons benefited from a botched punt attempt by New Orleans deep in their territory, converting the chance into a field goal, and a 10-7 advantage. The lead did not last long, as the Saints drove down the field, scoring on a 28-yard Chuck Muncie touchdown run, and taking a 14-10 lead into the halftime break.

The Saints did not have the rushing success they had two weeks earlier, but Muncie and Tony Galbreath did combine for 113 yards on the ground. Tight end Henry Childs led all receivers on the afternoon, with 100 yards on only 3 catches. Atlanta, on the other hand, did have more success offensively than they did in the teams’ first matchup, nearly doubling the Saints total of first downs, on their way to almost 400 yards of total offense. The New Orleans defense did stiffen twice in the first half inside their own 20, and repeated the feat twice more in the second half. A 3rd Quarter Saints field goal widened their lead to 17-10, but two times in the second half the Falcons had driven the ball inside the New Orleans 20-yard line. They came up empty each time, as the Saints defense came up with turnovers on both occasions.

A 14 play, 73-yard 4th Quarter drive by Atlanta netted the Falcons a field goal, narrowing the Saints lead to 17-13. The drive, however, bled the game clock from 10:20 to just over 3 minutes to go. New Orleans was only able to convert a single first down following the kick, and punted the ball down to the Atlanta 28-yard line with just 53 seconds to play, but leaving the Falcons with zero timeouts. Bartkowski quickly drove his team down to the Saints 34 yard line on three completions, still leaving 23 seconds to go for another miracle finish.

Bartkowski’s first pass sailed near the Saints end zone, where Superdome hero Alfred Williams nearly duplicated a heart stopping end, but couldn’t quite handle the throw. Bartkowski then threw a shorter sideline pattern to Jackson, bringing the ball to the Saints’ 25 and stopping the clock with 16 seconds. Another Falcon end zone attempt was this time intercepted by Saints defensive back Ralph McGill, seemingly clinching the game for New Orleans. Unfortunately, a pass interference penalty on Saints defender Maurice Spencer reversed the play, and moved Atlanta to the Saints 1-yard line with 10 seconds to go. Bartkowski then found tight end Jim Mitchell for a touchdown on the next play, giving the Falcons yet another improbable 20-17 last second victory.

The 1978 Atlanta Falcons finished the regular season with a 9-7 record, and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in their team’s history. They hosted the Philadelphia Eagles in a first round wild card playoff game, emerging as 14-13 winners before losing to Dallas in the divisional round the following week.

The 1978 New Orleans Saints won two of their final 3 games to finish their year with a record of 7-9, the best in their franchise history. Most Saints fans, however, will always remember the ’78 season as a classic case of “what could have been”, and yet another reason to despise the Atlanta Falcons.

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New Orleans Saints rookie linebacker Alex Anzalone produced a defensive gem in the preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns.

With less than 15 seconds remaining in the first half, Browns quarterback Cody Kessler threw a pass almost 20 yards down the middle of the field to wide receiver Rannell Hall, who appeared to be open.

But Anzalone, who dropped back in coverage from his weak side linebacker position, reacted to the pass by leaping in the air with his left arm extended. His fingers grazed the ball enough to affect the trajectory, causing it to bounce off Hall’s chest and fall incomplete to force fourth-and-10.

Great play, indeed, but the rookie didn’t have the full opportunity to enjoy it.

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“I first got off to the sideline and realized they were – it was like 6 seconds left in the half – they were going for it to run the time out,” Anzalone said with a chuckle. “I got a couple of high-fives, then had to run back on the field all panicking, so I didn’t really think much about it.

“I was excited I made that play because that was something we worked on as a linebacker group.”

That he was able to transfer practice to live action isn’t a surprise when considering the 6-foot-3, 241-pound Anzalone has shown an ability to consistently be around passes through 14 days of training camp practices.

While he recorded just two passes defensed in four years at Florida, the Saints already knew Anzalone could drop back in coverage and the skill set would transition well in the team’s defensive scheme.

“That was one of the things you saw in his college play,” linebackers coach Mike Nolan said. “That’s not a surprise; that’s what we expected.”

Anzalone, the Saints’ second of three third-round picks in the NFL Draft, has rotated at the weak side linebacker position with the first- and second-team defensive units throughout training camp.

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And he has made head-turning coverage plays on an almost daily basis.

As an example on Saturday during 11-on-11 drills, he jumped to tip a Drew Brees pass at the line of scrimmage, resulting in a pick-6 by defensive end Cameron Jordan.

He then showed athleticism and speed in Sunday’s one-on-one drills, featuring running backs against linebackers.

Anzalone, whose 4.63 40-yard dash was the fourth-fastest time among linebackers invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, drew the coverage against running back Adrian Peterson. Anzalone stayed with Peterson down the right sideline before looking back to locate the pass and knock it away.

Sooner or later, quarterbacks will be cautious throwing the football around Anzalone, but he understands why his coverage skills could fly under the radar.

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“You build your credibility on your film,” Anzalone said. “I think that being a rookie and not having any film out there, I mean, even to prove to the guys here at practice, I think I’ve done that. I think that’s just something you have to put on film, and then people will respect it.”

In the meantime, Anzalone is locked in a position battle with veteran Craig Robertson, who led the Saints in tackles in 2016, at the weak side linebacker position.

Anzalone, however, could be on a path to make an impact in his rookie season if he continues making plays the rest of training camp and preseason action.

“He’s competing to play an every-down role, which is good,” Nolan said. “That’s nice for a rookie. Whether he get gets it or not, we’ll wait and see.”

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New Orleans Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams is a student of the game.

The Saints’ second-round pick said he spends a lot of his downtime breaking down film and immersing himself in the playbook.

He also looks around the league to study other players manning his position.

“I look at a lot of safeties and not just particular, like one,” Williams said. “I mean, I just look at the great ones and follow what they do.”

So who are the NFL’s great safeties currently in the league?

“I really don’t like to say that now,” he said with a wide grin. “We’re all in the same league. I mean, they know who they are.”

If the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Williams continues to show progress like he has through seven days of practice in training camp, he could eventually join their ranks and have others studying him.

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Williams, who has received work with the first- and second-team defensive units, has displayed a knack for being around the football.

He said the game is slowing down for him with help from teammates and the coaching staff, and Williams has knocked away passes and notched interceptions during team-related drills.

The Saints knew what he brings to the backend of coverage from his college career at Utah, where he totaled 188 tackles (125 solo), 11 interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and eight passes defensed.
“If you looked at his college numbers, he was probably the most productive safety in regards to turnover production,” coach Sean Payton said.

Impressive production, for sure, and Williams prides himself in being around the football.

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“I feel like that’s what I hold myself accountable to do is go get the ball,” he said. “Since I was in high school and college, that’s what I always practiced on doing is going to get the ball, being in position, watch enough film and being in my playbook in order to put myself in position to make those plays.”

Quarterback Drew Brees found out on the sixth practice of training camp what happens when Williams sniffs out a play.

During a 7-on-7 drill, rookie running back Alvin Kamara split wide of the line of scrimmage and took off down the sideline at the snap. Kamara easily beat linebacker Craig Robertson before Brees lofted a pass for what looked like a big play.

Williams, however, saw the play develop in front of him and ran over to make a leaping interception.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Williams said of picking off Brees. “Going against one of the great quarterbacks, just coming in and being able to adjust is something that you always look forward to doing as a rookie.”

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In the meantime, Williams’ ball hawking skills and potential are clear.

But he knows there is room for growth, citing tackling and being physical, in his goal to being on the field to become a difference maker for the Saints defense whenever the opportunity presents itself.
“It’s just about adjusting,” Williams said. “I feel like I need to continue to be consistent and doing what I do.”

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