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Deion Jones makes game-saving INT, Falcons beats Saints

The Falcons climbed within one game of the division-leading Saints with three weeks to go.

Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones intercepts a ball

Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones intercepts a ball in the end zone ahead of Saints tight end Josh Hill during the second half of a game, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Atlanta. Photo Credit: AP / Danny Karnik

ATLANTA — Deion Jones made a leaping interception in the end zone with 1:25 remaining and the Atlanta Falcons held on for a crucial 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, setting up a three-way race for the NFC South title.

Matt Ryan shook off three interceptions to guide the Falcons to Matt Bryant’s 52-yard field goal with 3:49 to go, snapping a 17-all tie.

The Saints (9-4) were in position to pull out the victory, driving to the Atlanta 11 after Drew Brees converted on fourth-and-1 with a quarterback sneak. On second down, Brees attempted to hit tight end Josh Hill in the back of the end zone.

Jones had other ideas. He leaped high to make the pick , landing flat on this back but holding on. The Falcons (8-5) climbed within one game of the division-leading Saints with three weeks to go.

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