The Saints saw a string of six wins stopped.
The Atlanta defense surprisingly dominated a generally solid New Orleans offensive line. The Falcons, who came to the game with the lowest amount in the NFL in catches – seven throughout the season – added six to Drew Brees in contributions from Grady Jarrett, Vic Beasley Jr., Adrian Clayborn and De'Vondre Campbell.
Jarrett ended up leading the team in that area with 2.5 catches.
It was the second time in the campaign that the Saints are stopped without a single touchdown at home, but the first time with Brees leading the offensive. New Orleans also failed to cross the end zone in a 12-10 victory over Dallas on the fourth day, with Teddy Bridgewater as its quarterback.
Ryan, who returned from an ankle injury that kept him on the bench during the Falcons' commitment before the week of rest on day nine, hit 20 of 35 passes for 182 yards.
Julio Jones caught three passes for 79 yards – including a 54-yard pitch that set the stage for a field goal – for Atlanta, which totaled 317 yards.
The Saints have not allowed more than 257 yards since they faced Seattle in the third week.
Brees connected 32 of 45 passes for 287 yards and the Saints finished with 310 yards, well below their average of 375.3 before the loss.