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Week 10 Splash Plays: Saints ride big moments to upset win

Doug Farrar
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Your RedZone review of every touchdown scored in Sunday's morning and afternoon games can be seen above, but we'll start this week's specific Splash Plays review with a trio of moments that helped the New Orleans Saints pull the Atlanta Falcons from the realms of the undefeated with a 31-27 upset.

Chris Ivory's TD run

Halfway through the first quarter, Saints running back Chris Ivory hit the right edge, broke a bunch of pseudo-tackles, and made Atlanta's usually stout run defense look positively silly.

Lance Moore's one-handed grab

Early in the third quarter, and with the Saints holding a 21-17 lead, receiver Lance Moore took a Drew Brees throw over the middle, took it in with one hand and full extension, and kept the drive going. The 29-yard play upped the momentum, and Brees ended that drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston.

Jabari Greer's big red zone stop

The biggest and best Saints play preserved the lead and forced the Falcons into desperation time. With 1:46 left in the game, Atlanta had fourth-and-goal at the New Orleans 2-yard line. Roddy White ran a crossing route that's going to work 99 out 100 times, but this was the exception -- because Saints cornerback Jabari Greer stepped in and made the killer deflection.

Trindon Holliday's return touchdown ... and premature celebration

For the second straight week, the Denver Broncos speedster hit a return for a score ... but upon further review, it would appear that Holliday flipped the ball in celebration just before he crossed the goal line. No harm, no foul, though -- the refs didn't check it (though someone is supposed to review every scoring play), and play resumed as normal in what became a decisive Denver victory.

Jacoby Jones' uncontested return touchdown

No controversy here -- this was just the pure speed of Baltimore Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones, as he took a kick return 5 yards in his own end zone and zoomed upfield through a gaggle of Oakland Raiders special teamers who didn't seem that interested in tackling him. The score and corresponding extra point put the Ravens up by the final score of 55-20, so maybe everyone in Oakland just wanted to go home.

Darrius Hayward-Bey provides a rare Raiders highlight

There was one nice moment for the Raiders, though -- receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey's 55-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter. Known primarily for his speed, Heyward-Bey also put a nice little twist on this play when he upended Ravens safety Ed Reed on the way to the end zone.

Seahawks get tricky with Tate

Already up 21-7 on the New York Jets halfway through the fourth quarter, the Seattle Seahawks decided to try a little razzle-dazzle. Receiver Golden Tate took an end-around flip from quarterback Russell Wilson, and threw a left-handed wobbler to fellow Sidney Rice in the end zone. For the record, folks: That score puts Tate one up on the touchdown-less Tim Tebow in lefty scoring throws for the 2012 season.

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