Deion Jones was the hero of the night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
After Matt Bryant kicked a 52-yard field goal to give the Atlanta Falcons a 20-17 lead with less than four minutes to go, the New Orleans Saints were able to drive down the field. After a controversial decline on a holding penalty that put the Saints in fourth-and-1, the Saints were able to convert and put themselves in a position to win the game.
On second down, Drew Brees threw to the middle of the end zone, but linebacker Deion Jones leaped unbelievably high in the air to intercept the pass intended for Josh Hill. He landed hard on his back, but held on as his teammates crowded around him. And the Falcons were able to hold on to their 20-17 win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to keep their playoff hopes alive.
"I just really wanted to make a play on the ball for my brothers even if it was batting it out of his hands," Jones said after the game. "It just ended up being right in my hands."
The Falcons' playoff chances would have been slim with a loss. Now, depending on how their final games of the season go, all of which are against division opponents, the Falcons still have a shot to move up to first in the NFC South.
Jones played a great game getting 13 total tackles and three tackles for loss. And the defense was able to keep the Falcons in the game despite Matt Ryan throwing three interceptions. But the Saints only capitalized off one of the turnovers. With rookie running back sensation Alvin Kamara out of the game early with a concussion, the Saints offense wasn't able to move down the field, and the Falcons got good pressure on quarterback Drew Brees.
Here's what Jones and his teammates had to say about the amazing play: