Jameis Winston isn’t a perfect quarterback.

But in the fourth quarter of New Orleans’ 27-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Winston was as close to perfection as it gets. He went 13-14 for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone.

To put those numbers into context, he finished the game with 269 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-34 throws.

Winston didn’t appear to care about consistency — but he got the job done. He was just good enough and Saints head coach Dennis Allen knows that sometimes that is all a team needs. In the NFL, it is about survival — week-to-week.

“It wasn’t perfect,” he said. “Jameis looked good. The throws to Michael Thomas in the red zone were good, and it is good to see him back out there.”

New Orleans trailed 26-10 as the fourth quarter started. The Saints looked dead in the water. But that is when Winston happened.

“Phenomenal leader, man,” Demario Davis said. “He marched down the field like one of the best quarterbacks in the league.”

Davis added: “He showed his efficiency. He was never rattled. Everyone knows he can get the numbers but for him, it’s about efficiency.”

For all the criticism Winston’s game brings about, he always knows how and when to turn it on. When New Orleans went to the hurry-up offense, Winston settled into a rhythm and took the throws the defense was giving him.

He was never rattled — looking like a leader in every sense of the word.

And though the game wasn’t pretty or productive for three quarters, it was enough. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how — only when. And New Orleans’ “when” came as the game hung in the balance and Winston turned his game up a level.

Next up is Tampa Bay in Week 2.

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