Running back Pierre Thomas came up big in the New Orleans Saints' 17-14 win, over the Atlanta Falcons, on Monday evening. Guy Curtright, of the Times-Picayune, has the story, below.

Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints runs past Atlanta Falcons defender Curtis Lofton #50 in the second half during their game at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Courtesy---Guy Curtright/Times-Picayune

Coming off a feeble ground performance in a 30-24 loss at Baltimore, the New Orleans Saints were without leading rusher Chris Ivory again for their showdown with the Atlanta Falcons on "Monday Night Football" at the Georgia Dome.

Ivory, a rookie who has 683 yards on 130 carries for a 5.3 average and five touchdowns, was inactive for the second consecutive game because of a hamstring injury.

Pierre Thomas filled in nicely, though.