At the end of the first quarter of play at LP Field in Nashville, K Garrett Hartley booted a 38-yard field goal near the end of the period to knot the score of the preseason finale against the Tennessee Titans to 3-3.
The Saints won the coin toss and elected to receive. RB Travaris Cadet returned the opening kickoff 22 yards to bring on QB Sean Canfield to start the game for the black-and-gold.
QB Sean Canfield, who received the start, immediately threw a timing route to WR Joseph Morgan. On second down, Canfield handed off to Cadet on a play up the middle for three yards. On a second consecutive run, Cadet had the ball knocked out of his hands by Titans CB Alterraun Verner, who recovered it at the New Orleans 24.
On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage, RB Javon Ringer ran left for a three-yard gain, before he was stopped by S Isa Abdul-Quddus. On second down, Ringer took a second carry up the middle and was stopped by the newest Saint, LB Barrett Ruud for a one-yard loss. On third down, Titans QB Jake Locker completed an eight-yard pass to WR Lavelle Hawkins to set up first-and-goal at the nine-yard line. However New Orleans, would not allow the Titans to convert inside the ten and they had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Bironas.
Starting at their 20, Canfield connected with RB Chris Ivory on a pass for a nine-yard gain and then Ivory took his first carry of the game for a gain of five and first down conversion. With a fresh set of downs, Canfield connected with TE Derek Schouman for a five-yard gain, but was then sacked for a four-yard loss by Titans DE Keyunta Dawson. A pass to rookie WR Nick Toon gained five yards but forced the New Orleans punt unit out, where Thomas Morstead booted a 39-yard kick that was returned by Tennessee return man Darius Reynaud for six yards to the Tennessee 27.
On Tennessee’s first play of scrimmage on the drive, Locker rolled out with DE Junior Galette in pursuit, but threw an incomplete pass with a successful defense by CB Johnny Patrick. On second down, Ringer took a handoff on the edge, but was stopped by Galette after gaining two yards. Locker scrambled for a 16-yard gain and the first down to the Titans 45, but New Orleans was then able to get the Titans off the field four players later, as P Brett Kern’s punt sailed in the end zone for a touchback.
Ivory took the opening handoff for a two-yard gain. Canfield then completed a pass to TE Michael Higgins that was converted into a 17-yard gain. After the chains were moved, a throw was completed to Cadet in the middle of the field for a gain of five yards. Ivory then took a carry, jumping over one Titans defender and converting the first down before he was tripped up by Titans S Jordan Babineaux and CB Chris Hawkins at the New Orleans 49. Cadet took a carry for two yards, and then a deep Canfield attempt to Toon was incomplete. On third down, New Orleans’ signal-caller, stepped back and completed a sharp throw to Morgan for a 20-yard gain, where he was tackled by Titans S Coty Sensabaugh. Following an incomplete attempt to Cadet, Ivory took a handoff up the middle and broke a tackle for an eight-yard gain. However, on a second consecutive run, the rusher was one yard short, sending the field goal unit out. K Garrett successfully booted the 38-yard field goal to tie the score.
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