James Varney, of the Times-Picayune, recaps the New Orleans Saints' 17-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons, on Monday night, below.

Robert Meachem #17 of the New Orleans Saints fights off the tackle of Atlanta Falcons defender Dunta Robinson #23  in the first half during their game at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Courtesy---James Varney/Times-Picayune

It's a lament Coach Sean Payton has sounded more than once in 2010 and the fluttering yellow flags haunted the Saints again Monday night.

By the time it was over, New Orleans had been flagged eight times for 92 yards, statistics that don't reflect penalties Atlanta chose to decline. Such figures are damaging in and of themselves but they were magnified more than once by the critical situations in which they occurred

To see CBS's version on of the game's recap click here.