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December 11, 2007|From the Associated Press

ATLANTA -- After hearing the news that disgraced quarterback Michael Vick would have to serve nearly two years in prison for dogfighting, his former teammates in Atlanta were trounced by the New Orleans Saints, 34-14, Monday night.

With Reggie Bush watching from the sideline and reportedly done for the season, Drew Brees passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns for the Saints (6-7).

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall ran on the field during pregame introductions holding up a Vick poster and had "MV7" painted beneath his eyes.

After Roddy White hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass that tied the score, 7-7, he pulled up his jersey to reveal a T-shirt with the handwritten message "Free Mike Vick."

At the management and coaching level, the Falcons (3-10) say they're moving on without Vick. The players know it's not that easy.

"I don't want to say this franchise doesn't want to acknowledge the situation, but that's kind of the way you feel," Hall said.

"All his pictures are gone, no more jerseys, no more nothing," Hall added. "We just wanted to let him know we're still thinking about him. We care about him as a human being, not just as a football player and as a running quarterback."

Bush watched from the sideline, his season apparently ended by a partially torn knee ligament. But the Saints didn't miss a beat with third-stringer Aaron Stecker, who had 100 yards in 20 carries.

David Patten had nine catches for 122 yards, including an acrobatic 25-yard touchdown grab for New Orleans' first score. Marques Colston also had nine catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

Brees shredded the Falcons' defense with four scoring drives that covered at least 75 yards, including one of 99 yards.

"Throughout this season, we have shown signs of greatness," Brees said. "We had to start some drives deep in our own territory, but we stuck with it."

New Orleans stayed in the wild-card race and kept Tampa Bay from clinching the NFC South title.

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