Dez White's dropped balls strike to the core of the passing game's problems. He let two balls slide through his hands against the Saints, and a third pass he probably could've caught he tipped into the arms of safety Josh Bullocks, who ran the ball back 51 yards to the Atlanta 45.
White also had a holding penalty that negated Warrick Dunn's 30-yard reception.
"The bottom line is they need me to make plays, so it's up to me, not them," White said. "They can't keep waiting on me to come around and get back into the game from missing a couple of games with injuries or whatever. I've just got to turn up the pace and get back into the game."
Linebackers Michael Boley, Demorrio Williams, Keith Brooking and cornerback DeAngelo Hall won this game, however, with alert plays that led to three touchdowns.
The Falcons finally pulled out the victory on the final play when Todd Peterson booted a 36-yard field goal. Moments earlier, Peterson missed a 41-yard attempt, but a Saints penalty gave him a second chance.
Michael Vick managed the game efficiently on the final drive, but he struggled earlier -- a lot of which had to do with White.
The bottom line is Atlanta won the game in spite of itself, but the team's flaws are glaring.