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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com
First, there was the hand of safety Marcus Williams. Then, the thunder of linebacker Alex Anzalone. Finally, the hustle of Marshon Lattimore.
Three fumbles forced and recovered by the New Orleans Saints inside the red zone, all critical to the team winning its 10th straight game this season, a 31-17 victory over Atlanta on Thursday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Saints (10-1) now have forced 14 fumbles and recovered seven this season, but Thursday’s work was art for a defense that’s on the incline.
Five forced fumbles against Atlanta, three recovered, and all three likely wiping points off the board for Atlanta.
“Those are significant,” Saints Coach Sean Payton said Friday. “Doing the math, if you come up with a stop in the red zone, they kick a field goal, it’s a four-point swing. If you take the ball away, it’s a seven (-point swing) or, at worst, a three-point swing.” ...
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