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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback Jabari Greer made a diving, touchdown-saving pass breakup on a late fourth-down play, and the New Orleans Saints held on to hand the Atlanta Falcons their first loss, 31-27 on Sunday. Graham and his Atlanta counterpart, veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez, both were superb in a game that showcased all the intensity of one of the NFL's most passionate rivalries.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he feels confident he can turn the football program around. The Tigers have slipped from a national title team two years ago to a miserable season. They're a longshot to pick up a win in the Southeastern Conference after Saturday night's 38-0 shellacking by Georgia.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kenny Boynton scored 22 points and Florida cruised past Alabama State 84-35 on Sunday in a late opener for the Gators. Florida was supposed to begin the season Friday against Georgetown aboard the USS Bataan, but the game was canceled at halftime because there was moisture on the court.

ALCORN, Miss. (AP) — Alcorn State beat Oakwood 85-41 Sunday in the season opener for the Braves. Oakwood, who plays out of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, counted the game as an exhibition match.

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