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Saints top Falcons 30-20

"Obviously, the other game didn’t go the way we wanted. Proud of this group. I thought we fought hard and fought hard all season," said Sean Payton.

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints will miss the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. They did their part in their season finale with a 30-20 victory over the Falcons but the Rams were unable to lend a helping hand as they lost to San Francisco 49ers in overtime.

"Obviously, the other game didn’t go the way we wanted. Proud of this group. I thought we fought hard and fought hard all season," said Sean Payton.

Trevor Siemian replaced Taysom Hill halfway through the second quarter. 

"He (Siemian) came in and did a good job. Threw some touchdown passes. He played well," said Sean Payton.

Hill looked as sharp as he has all season throwing the ball, completing 7 of 9 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with what head coach Sean Payton told the TV broadcast crew was a Lisfranc injury.

The Saints defense was dominant once again forcing two fumbles and picking off Matt Ryan once.

To open the contest Hill led the Saints on a 10 play 84-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Adam Trautman. The Falcons responded with a field goal and the Saints led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. 

The Saints offense didn't punt in the first half but Brett Maher did miss a field goal on the team's second drive.

Siemian stepped right in and threw his first touchdown of the game three plays after Hill exited.

At halftime, the Saints led 24-6.

Alvin Kamara led the way on the ground rushing for 146 yards and catching two passes for 16 yards. 

The Saints rollercoaster 2021-22 season is officially over and they finish with a 9-8 record. They will have the 17th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and after starting four different quarterbacks this season the Saints still haven't figured out their long-term answer at the position.

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