Saints beat Falcons to clinch third straight NFC South title

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, in Atlanta.

Throughout the NFL season, we’ll check in with former Idaho State football players and other notable locals currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after Week 13 of the regular season.

Taysom Hill (Highland HS) — BYU, New Orleans Saints

Taysom Hill burnished his legend as a multi-faceted threat for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, posting his first multi-touchdown game in the NFL as the Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons 26-18 on Thanksgiving.

Hill’s massive day started on special teams. He broke through the line after the Falcons went three-and-out on their first possession, getting a hand on Ryan Allen’s punt to set the Saints up at the Atlanta 30-yard line.

He then did the lion’s share of the work on the ensuing drive, catching a 9-yard pass to take the Saints to the Atlanta 16. One play later, he went in motion from the left and took Drew Brees’ shovel pass 3 yards into the end zone.

It was Hill’s fourth receiving touchdown of the year, breaking the season record for receiving scores by players listed as a quarterback.

Late in the second quarter, Hill added to the Saints’ lead by taking a direct snap as the quarterback, bursting through the left side of the line, and running 30 yards for a score.

Hill’s two touchdowns were the only times the Saints got into the end zone, but, along with four field goals from Will Lutz, they were enough for New Orleans to hold off Atlanta.

Hill finished with two carries for 33 yards and a touchdown, two receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown, and no completions on one pass attempt.

New Orleans (10-2) hosts the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 8.

Josh Hill (Blackfoot HS) — Idaho State, New Orleans Saints

Hill had one catch for 2 yards in New Orleans’ 26-18 win over the Falcons on Thanksgiving.

New Orleans (10-2) hosts the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 8.

Dirk Koetter — Idaho State (1977, 79-81), Atlanta Falcons

Koetter’s offense again had a difficult day on Thursday in the Falcons’ 26-18 to New Orleans.

Matt Ryan threw for 312 yards, but it took him 50 pass attempts, and the Falcons’ quarterback was sacked nine times.

Atlanta (3-9) hosts the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 8.