NEW ORLEANS — Morten Andersen kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter as the Atlanta Falcons rallied for a 20-17 victory Sunday over the New Orleans Saints--their first win of the season.
"It feels good to get back on track a little bit and hit the ball the way I know I can hit it," said Andersen, who had missed four of six field-goal attempts coming into the game. "It was good medicine for me and certainly the win was great medicine for the team."
Andersen kicked a 36-yard field goal to tie the score, 17-17, early in the fourth quarter, then hit a 44-yarder with about six minutes left to give Atlanta (1-4) a lead it wouldn't give up. He holds the NFL record for game-winning kicks with 26.
With the victory, their ninth in a row against the Saints (1-3), the Falcons avoided matching the worst start by a Super Bowl team. The 1987 New York Giants went 0-5, but that came during a strike season, and three of the losses were with replacement players.