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Saints fall to Packers, 28-27

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 09/30/2012 – 11:46 pm

The New Orleans Saints (0-4) were defeated by the Green Bay Packers (2-2), 28-27 in a dramatic shootout at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Black and Gold moved to 7-16 all-time against the Packers. The Saints were also defeated by the Packers in Green Bay in the 2011 NFL kickoff contest.

The Saints fell to 0-4 for the first time since 2007 and will return home to face the San Diego Chargers in a Sunday Night Football on NBC primetime contest at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Packers will travel to Indianapolis next Sunday to face the Colts as part of a three-game road trip.

“I thought we had a chance to pull that thing out, but obviously we didn’t make some plays at the end of the game that we needed to make,” said Offensive Line/Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer.

QB Drew Brees completed 35-of-54 attempts for 446 yards, the highest total by a Saints signal-caller against the Packers in team history. Brees connected on three touchdown passes with no interceptions and earned a quarterback rating of 109.0.

Brees tied an NFL record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 47th consecutive game, a 20-yard touchdown pass to WR Marques Colston.

Brees can move past Johnny Unitas, who has held the mark for 52 years yards, next week against the Chargers.

With the touchdown reception, Colston moved to second place in Saints history with 49 touchdown receptions, one behind former WR Joe Horn.

Colston led the team in receiving with nine receptions for 153 yards (17.0 avg.) and a touchdown. TE Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for 76 yards and WR Joe Morgan caught an 80-yard scoring strike from Brees.

RB Darren Sproles also added 44 yards receiving and a touchdown.

LB Curtis Lofton led the team in tackles with 12 (nine solo). S Malcolm Jenkins added 10 tackles (eight solo) while also recovering a Packers’ fumble deep inside New Orleans territory.

The Saints picked up 23 first downs through the air while racking up 474 net yards. New Orleans did not give up a turnover and forced two.

The Packers won the coin toss and elected to receive.

The first two drives were defined by solid defensive plays. On Green Bay’s first possession, QB Aaron Rodgers completed a third down pass to WR James Jones but Jones was stopped short of a first down by CB Jabari Greer to force a punt.

The Saints began their first drive with a quick completion by Brees to Colston. RB Pierre Thomas carried on second and third down but was stopped short of a first down by LB Clay Matthews who brought down Thomas for no gain after rushing from the edge on third down.

The Packers had more success on their next possession as Rodgers completed four passes and the Packers gained three first downs to set up a 12-yard scoring pass from Rodgers to Jones. K Mason Crosby made the extra point and the Packers took an early 7-0 lead.

The Saints had much more success on their next offensive series. Brees completed seven consecutive attempts on the drive while picking up four first downs through the air. He passed for a total of 84 yards on the drive including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Colston to tie Unitas’ consecutive games with a touchdown pass streak. K Garrett Hartley made the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

Rodgers led the Packers 80 yards down the field on 11 plays, completing seven consecutive passes including a 20-yard strike to TE Jermichael Finley before the end of the first quarter.

To start the second period, Rodgers completed a short pass to Finley to set up a nine-yard scoring throw to WR Greg Jennings. Crosby made the extra point to give the Packers a 14-7 lead at the beginning of the second quarter.

Sproles returned the next kickoff 32 yards and the Saints were able to move the chains a few times through the air. The Packers secondary made two consecutive plays to deflect Brees passes intended for WR Lance Moore and Colston to force a punt by P Thomas Morstead. Morstead punted the ball 32 yards, forcing WR Randall Cobb to call fair catch on the Packers eight-yard line.

Starting deep in their own territory, the Packers kept the football on the ground as Benson carried five times and caught two passes to help move the ball down the field. The Packers converted on a fourth-and-one deep in their own territory as FB John Kuhn rushed for five yards and a new set of downs. Rodgers and Benson were able to move the ball the rest of the way down the field on a 13-play drive lasting over six minutes that led to a 14-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jones. Crosby made the extra point and the Packers took a 21-7 lead with 4:50 remaining in the first half.

After a touchback, Brees completed nine passes and gained five first downs through the air on a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Sproles caught a screen pass and was able to pick up 20 yards and brought the Saints down to the Green Bay 20 yard line. Brees then completed quick passes to Moore and Colston to set up a six-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Sproles. Hartley made the extra point and brought the game within one score, 21-14.

The Packers returned the kickoff and Benson rushed once to end the second quarter.

The Saints drove down the field all the way to the Green Bay three-yard line on the opening possession of the second half but couldn’t get into the end zone. On the drive, Colston made a catch for 26 yards and Moore caught a 19 yard pass on the right sideline to move the chains. Hartley capped off the drive by making a 20-yard field goal and bringing the score to 21-17.

On the first Packers possession of the second half, Rodgers came out firing again. He completed six passes for 65 yards to lead the Packers into Saints territory. Rodgers was injured on a facemask and QB Graham Harrell entered the game faced with first-and-goal from the four-yard line. Harrell tripped while attempting to hand off the football to Benson, fumbled the ball, and Jenkins recovered for the Saints at the eight-yard line.

Following the first turnover of the contest, the Saints struck quickly. After picking up a first down on a seven-yard pass to Moore, Morgan caught a deep pass from Brees and went 80 yards for a Saints touchdown. Hartley made the PAT and gave the Saints a 24-21 lead.

The Packers turned the ball over on their next possession as well. Rodgers completed 16-yard passes to both Nelson and Crabtree before CB Patrick Robinson intercepted a Rodgers pass intended for Nelson. Robinson was stopped for no gain at the New Orleans 34-yard line.

On the next offensive drive, Brees completed a 12- yard pass to FB Jed Collins but was sacked by Mathews for a loss of ten yards. Faced with third-and-17, Brees found Colston between defenders in zone coverage for a 23-yard pickup. Sproles rushed for no gain to end the third quarter.

Continuing to start the fourth quarter, Brees completed a 27-yard strike to Colston but the Packers defense didn’t allow the Black and Gold to move the chains any further and Hartley was brought on to attempt a 27-yard field goal. Hartley made the kick and increased the Saints lead to six points, 27-21.

After forcing a Saints three-and-out, the Packers took over from their own 43-yard line later in the fourth quarter. Rodgers completed five-of-six passes on the drive for 49 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Nelson. Crosby made the PAT and gave the Packers a 28-27 lead with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Brees and the Saints offense took the field to attempt a comeback. After picking up a first down on the ground, Brees was sacked by DE C.J. Wilson for a loss of seven yards. The offense battled back as Brees connected with Colston on a 15-yard completion but he was stopped short of the first down. On fourth-and-two, Brees completed a six-yard pass to Moore to gain a first down. Brees then completed passes to Moore for 14 yards and Graham for 11 yards before the Saints were stopped in their tracks. Hartley came on to attempt a 43-yard field goal but a holding call on Thomas moved the Saints back ten yards. An encroachment penalty on the Packers then moved the Saints five yards closer but Hartley missed the 48-yard field goal, returning the football to the Packers.

Rodgers was able to pick up a first down on a third down completion to Jones and kneeled to end the game with a 28-27 Packer victory.


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Saints lead Packers, 24-21, to Start 4th Quarter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 09/30/2012 – 10:54 pm

QB Drew Brees has completed 29-of-40  attempts for 377 yards with three touchdown passes to give the Saints to a 24-21 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Packers won the coin toss and elected to receive.

The first two drives were defined by solid defensive plays. On Green Bay’s first possession, QB Aaron Rodgers completed a third down pass to WR James Jones but Jones was stopped short of a first down by CB Jabari Greer to force a punt.

The Saints began their first drive with a quick completion by QB Drew Brees to Colston. RB Pierre Thomas carried on second and third down but was stopped short of a first down by LB Clay Matthews who brought down Thomas for no gain after rushing from the edge on third down.

The Packers had more success on their next possession as Rodgers completed four passes and the Packers gained three first downs to set up a 12-yard scoring pass from Rodgers to Jones. K Mason Crosby made the extra point and the Packers took an early 7-0 lead.

The Saints had much more success on their next offensive series. Brees completed seven consecutive attempts on the drive while picking up four first downs through the air. He pass for a total of 84 yards including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Colston. With the TD, Brees tied Johnny Unitas for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 47. Colston also moved into second place in team record books with 49 touchdown receptions. Colston now trails on former Saints WR Joe Horn with 50 touchdown receptions. K Garrett Hartley made the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

Rodgers led the packers 80 yards down the field on 11 plays, completing seven consecutive passes including a 20-yard strike to TE Jermichael Finley before the end of the first quarter. To start the second period, Rodgers completed a short pass to Finley to set up a nine-yard scoring throw to WR Greg Jennings. Crosby made the extra point to give the Packers a 14-7 lead at the beginning of the second quarter.

RB Darren Sproles returned the next kickoff 32 yards and the Saints were able to move the chains a few times through the air. The Packers secondary made two consecutive plays to deflect Brees passes intended for Moore and Colston to force a punt by P Thomas Morstead. Morstead punted the ball 32 yards, forcing WR Randall Cobb to call fair catch on the Packers eight-yard line.

Starting deep in their own territory, the Packers kept the football on the ground as Benson carried five times and caught two passes to help move the ball down the field. The Packers converted on a fourth-and-one deep in their own territory as FB John Kuhn rushed for five yards and a new set of downs. Rodgers and Benson were able to move the ball the rest of the way down the field on a 13-play drive lasting over six minutes that led to a 14-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jones. Crosby made the extra point and the Packers took a 21-7 lead with 4:50 remaining in the first half.

After a touchback, Brees completed nine passes and gained five first downs through the air on a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Sproles caught a screen pass and was able to pick up 20 yards and brought the Saints down to the Green Bay 20 yard line. Brees then completed quick passes to Moore and Colston to set up a six-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Sproles. Hartley made the extra point and brought the game within one score, 21-14.

The Packers returned the kickoff and Benson rushed once to end the second quarter.

The Saints drove down the field all the way to the Green Bay three-yard line on the opening possession of the second half but couldn’t get into the end zone. On the drive, Colston made a catch for 26 yards and Moore caught a 19 yard pass on the right sideline to move the chains. Hartley capped off the drive by making a 20-yard field goal and bringing the score to 21-17.

On the first Packers possession of the second half, Rodgers came out firing again. He completed six passes for 65 yards to lead the Packers into Saints territory. Rodgers was injured on a facemask and QB Graham Harrell entered the game faced with first-and-goal from the four-yard line. Harrell tripped while attempting to hand off the football to Benson, fumbled the ball, and S Malcolm Jenkins recovered for the Saints at the eight-yard line.

Following the first turnover of the contest, the Saints struck quickly. After picking up a first down on a seven-yard pass to Moore, WR Joseph Morgan caught a deep pass from Brees and went 80 yards for a Saints touchdown. Hartley made the PAT and gave the Saints a 24-21 lead.

The Packers turned the ball over on their next possession as well. Rodgers completed 16-yard passes to both Nelson and Crabtree before CB Patrick Robinson intercepted a Rodgers pass intended for Nelson. Robinson was stopped for no gain at the New Orleans 34-yard line.

Brees and the Saints offense returned to the field for another offensive drive. Brees completed a 12- yard pass to FB Jed Collins but was sacked by Mathews for a loss of ten yards. Faced with third-and-17, Brees found Colston between defenders in zone coverage for a 23-yard pickup. Sproles rushed for no gain to end the third quarter.


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Saints trail Packers, 21-14, at Halftime

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 09/30/2012 – 9:54 pm

QB Drew Brees was able to lead the Saints down the field at the end of the first half and connected on a six-yard touchdown pass to RB Darren Sproles. The Saints trail the Green Bay Packers at halftime at Lambeau Field, 21-14, and will receive the football to start the second half.

Brees has enjoyed a superb first half, completing 20-of-24 passes for 195 yards, two touchdown passes and a 128.3 passer rating. His first quarter 20-yard touchdown pass to WR Marques Colston, tied an NFL record with Johnny Unitas for consecutive games with a scoring throw. Colston is tied for the team-lead in receiving at halftime with five receptions for a game-high 62 yards, with TE Jimmy Graham tying him for the team lead in receiving with five grabs for 57 yards.

The Packers won the coin toss and elected to receive.

The first two drives were defined by solid defensive plays. On Green Bay’s first possession, QB Aaron Rodgers completed a third down pass to WR James Jones but Jones was stopped short of a first down by CB Jabari Greer to force a punt.

The Saints began their first drive with a quick completion by QB Drew Brees to Colston. RB Pierre Thomas carried on second and third down but was stopped short of a first down by LB Clay Matthews who brought down Thomas for no gain after rushing from the edge on third down.

The Packers had more success on their next possession as Rodgers completed four passes and the Packers gained three first downs to set up a 12-yard scoring pass from Rodgers to Jones. K Mason Crosby made the extra point and the Packers took an early 7-0 lead.

The Saints had much more success on their next offensive series. Brees completed seven consecutive attempts on the drive while picking up four first downs through the air. He pass for a total of 84 yards including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Colston. With the TD, Brees tied Johnny Unitas for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 47. Colston also moved into second place in team record books with 49 touchdown receptions. Colston now trails on former Saints WR Joe Horn with 50 touchdown receptions. K Garrett Hartley made the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

Rodgers led the packers 80 yards down the field on 11 plays, completing seven consecutive passes including a 20-yard strike to TE Jermichael Finley before the end of the first quarter. To start the second period, Rodgers completed a short pass to Finley to set up a nine-yard scoring throw to WR Greg Jennings. Crosby made the extra point to give the Packers a 14-7 lead at the beginning of the second quarter.

RB Darren Sproles returned the next kickoff 32 yards and the Saints were able to move the chains a few times through the air. The Packers secondary made two consecutive plays to deflect Brees passes intended for Moore and Colston to force a punt by P Thomas Morstead. Morstead punted the ball 32 yards, forcing WR Randall Cobb to call fair catch on the Packers eight-yard line.

Starting deep in their own territory, the Packers kept the football on the ground as Benson carried five times and caught two passes to help move the ball down the field. The Packers converted on a fourth-and-one deep in their own territory as FB John Kuhn rushed for five yards and a new set of downs. Rodgers and Benson were able to move the ball the rest of the way down the field on a 13-play drive lasting over six minutes that led to a 14-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jones. Crosby made the extra point and the Packers took a 21-7 lead with 4:50 remaining in the first half.

After a touchback, Brees completed nine passes and gained five first downs through the air on a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Sproles caught a screen pass and was able to pick up 20 yards and brought the Saints down to the Green Bay 20 yard line. Brees then completed quick passes to Moore and Colston to set up a six-yard touchdown pass from Brees to Sproles. Hartley made the extra point and brought the game within one score, 21-14.

The Packers returned the kickoff and Benson rushed once to end the second quarter.


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Saints tied with Packers, 7-7, to Start 2nd Quarter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 09/30/2012 – 9:03 pm

The Green Bay Packers won the coin toss and elected to receive to begin the week four contest at Lambeau Field.

The first two drives were defined by solid defensive plays. On Green Bay’s first possession, QB Aaron Rodgers completed a third down pass to WR James Jones but Jones was stopped short of a first down by CB Jabari Greer to force a punt.

The Saints began their first drive with a quick completion by QB Drew Brees to WR Marques Colston. RB Pierre Thomas carried on second and third down but was stopped short of a first down by LB Clay Mathews who brought down Thomas for no gain after rushing from the edge on third down.

The Packers had more success on their next possession as Rodgers completed four passes and the Packers gained three first downs to set up a 12-yard scoring pass from Rodgers to Jones. Crosby made the extra point and the Packers took an early 7-0 lead.

The Saints had much more success on their next offensive series. Brees completed seven consecutive attempts on the drive while picking up four first downs through the air. He pass for a total of 84 yards including a 20-yard touchdown pass to Colston. With the TD, Brees tied Johnny Unitas for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 47. Colston also moved into second place in team record books with 49 touchdown receptions. Colston now trails on former Saints WR Joe Horn with 50 touchdown receptions. Harltey made the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

Rodgers led the packers 58 yards down the field until the first quarter came to an end.


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Today’s Inactives

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 09/30/2012 – 7:44 pm

New Orleans Saints Inactives: RB Chris Ivory, CB Elbert Mack, LB Jonathan Casillas, LB David Hawthorne, DT Tyrunn Walker, T Bryce Harris, DE Turk McBride

Green Bay Packers Inactives:  WR Jarrett Boykin, S Sean Richardson, CB Davon House, RB James Starks, LB Terrell Manning, TE D.J. Williams, DE Phillip Merling

 


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Drew Brees Says New Orleans Saints are Still Trying to Find Their Rhythm

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 09/26/2012 – 11:09 am

QB Drew Brees spoke with NFL Network’s Jason Smith on “NFL Fantasy Live” Tuesday afternoon. Below are some highlights from the interview.

Watch the full interview here.

How are things different this season?
“We are definitely still trying to find our rhythm. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to put it together on a consistent basis. I think we’ve had our moments, but obviously when we are sitting here without a win three games into the season we know there is much more to be desired. It’s just a matter of making a few more plays, it’s really just some little things, some simple things, but we are going to pull it together here pretty soon because we have to and we need a win.”

How are things different for you specifically?
“I’d say my preparation and everything is very much the same. I have a routine, a way that I prepare and focus on the process throughout the week to put myself in the best position to succeed and to put this team in the best position to succeed on Sundays. That’s not going to change but, obviously, the result is what we’re hoping to change a little bit because we’ve fallen short here for a few consecutive weeks.”

WR Lance Moore has stepped up as of late. What do you expect from him the rest of the way?
“I have a lot of confidence in Lance (Moore); he is very much a complete receiver. He can do so many things down the field, the intermediate routes, his transition, his ability to catch the ball and his playmaking ability. I just have a lot of trust in him. Within the framework of our offense, the system and the other guys that we have, he is a great compliment to what we do.”

WR Marques Colston has been off to a slow start, how do you get him going?
“As the offense gets going, Marques (Colston), Jimmy (Graham), Lance (Moore), (Darren) Sproles, Devery (Henderson) and all of our core guys become more involved and get more opportunities. The more that you stay on the field, the more plays that you run, the more you are moving the ball and converting third downs, the more opportunities you have. That results in guys having those catches, having those touches, which are going to allow us to score points and make some plays.”

Who in your backfield needs more opportunities so your backfield is performing at its peak level?
“Everybody – we want everybody to have maximum opportunities. That’s really the way that we structure our offense. We go into every game with the plan being that everybody’s got their package of plays, so to speak. We have such an unselfish group in that everybody is ready and willing to help create for others. You never know when you step into a game who might have the hot hand or who has the great matchup. Some of it’s dictated by the defense’s plan or scheme. We know that we have a lot of playmakers, a lot of guys that when given the opportunity they can make the play.”


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Chiefs Defeat Saints, 27-24, in Overtime

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 09/23/2012 – 9:04 pm

The Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) defeated the New Orleans Saints (0-3), 27-24, on Sunday on a 31-yard field goal in overtime by Chiefs K Ryan Succop.

The Saints will return to action when they go on the road next weekend to play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, September 30 with a 3:25 p.m. kickoff.

“We are obviously disappointed, but not disheartened,” said New Orleans Offensive Line/Running Game Coach Aaron Kromer. “We are going to keep battling. We are going to face our biggest challenge.”

QB Drew Brees completed 20-of-36 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns.

RB Darren Sproles carried seven times for 62 yards (8.9 avg.) on the ground, including a career-long 57-yard rush.

WR Lance Moore caught four passes for 70 yards with one touchdown to lead the Saints in yardage. WR Devery Henderson also had four receptions for a total of 53 yards.

LB Curtis Lofton led the team in tackles with 13 (nine solo) while also adding two pass defenses. DE Will Smith recorded six tackles (three solo) and one sack while getting to the quarterback three times. DE Junior Galette earned two sacks and a forced fumble in situational play.

The Saints were three-for-four in the red zone while not allowing the Chiefs to score in the red zone in four attempts. The Chiefs, however, outgained the Saints on the ground, 273-83. The Chiefs had possession of the ball for 42:32.

The Saints won the coin toss and chose to receive to start their third contest of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Saints moved the ball down the field quickly and efficiently on their first possession. Faced with an early third down, Brees handed off the football to Sproles who took the ball 47 yards down the left side. Brees then connected on a 19-yard completion to WR Marques Colston and capped off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown thrown to Moore. K Garrett Hartley made the PAT and put the Saints ahead, 7-0, after a six-play, 83-yard, scoring drive, the second straight week New Orleans scored a touchdown on their opening drive. With the touchdown throw, Brees continued his streak of 46 consecutive games with a scoring completion, second most all-time with the opportunity to tie the NFL record held by Johnny Unitas next Sunday in Green Bay.

QB Matt Cassel took the field for Kansas City for the Chiefs’ first offensive possession. Cassel completed five consecutive throws for 47 yards and RB Jamaal Charles added 26 yards on the ground with five carries. WR Dexter McCluster caught two passes from Cassel for a total of 25 yards. The Chiefs were unable to convert in the red zone and K Ryan Succop kicked a 25-yard field goal through the uprights to bring the score to 7-3.

Brees and the offense were faced with an early third down again on their second possession and the Saints offense converted with a big play. Brees connected on a deep throw to Henderson for a 36-yard gain down the right seam. Brees then picked up another 17-yard through the air on a pass to Moore went down while catching the football. Brees then completed two consecutive throws to TE Jimmy Graham but Graham was stopped by S Eric Berry before Graham could pick up a first down to bring the end of the first quarter, following a successful replay challenge of the spot by Kansas City.

Hartley came on and made a 40-yard field goal and gave the Saints a 10-3 lead.

After a Chiefs three-and-out, the Saints took over from their own 19-yard line. Thomas caught a short pass from Brees and picked up 14 yards and a first down. The Saints weren’t able to move the chains after that as Brees was brought down in the backfield for a ten-yard loss by LB Derrick Johnson. Brees connected with Thomas again for seven yards but it wasn’t enough to move the chains and Morstead punted the ball for a career-long 70-yards into the end zone for a touchback.

Following a three-and-out by the Saints, CB Javier Arenas returned the punt 24-yards into New Orleans territory. Cassel connected on his first throw of the possession to WR Dwayne Bowe for 15 yard and a first down. The Chiefs weren’t able to advance the ball further downfield and Succop connected on a 45-yard field goal to bring the score to 10-6.

The Saints offense then moved the ball down the field to the nine-yard line, but left the drive without any points. Brees connected on a ten-yd pass to Moore and a seven-yd throw to Henderson. Thomas added 37-yards on the drive including a 27-yard reception that he took down the left sideline. It appeared that Brees had connected on a nine-yard touchdown throw to Thomas but the play was overturned by an official’s review inside the two minute warning. Following the challenge, on third-and-seven, Brees was sacked by Johnson for the second time, this time for a loss of 11-yards and then Hartley missed the 38-yard field goal attempt.

Kansas City attempted a drive down the field with little time left on the clock. Cassel was sacked for a loss of seven yards by Galette after a five-yard rush by RB Shaun Draughn. Cassel then connected on a 19-yard pass to Charles before spiking the ball to stop the clock. As time was about to expire in the first half, Cassel was sacked by Galette who forced a fumble that was recovered by Jordan and the Saints held on to a 10-6 halftime lead.

After Draughn returned the opening kickoff of the second half 23 yards, Cassel completed a pass to McCluster for three yards and McCluster lost the football. LB Jonathan Casillas recovered the ball but the play was blown dead by the officials before Casillas could advance towards the end zone, it was ruled following a Saints replay challenge.

After an incomplete pass on first down, Brees connected on an 18-yard throw to Moore but the play was reversed by the officials after a Kansas City challenge. Brees then targeted Colston and completed a 13-yard pass for a first down. Thomas then rushed for five yards to bring the Saints to the Kansas City one-yard line where Brees completed a one-yard touchdown throw to Graham. Hartley made the extra point and increased the Saints’ lead to 17-6.

Charles rushed four consecutive times on the next Chiefs possession for a total of 24 yards but the Chiefs punted the ball away after being unable to pick up another first down.

After another Saints punt, Cassel completed a 10-yard pass to TE Steve Maneri to start the drive. On his next throw, Cassel was intercepted by CB Jabari Greer and Greer returned the ball 28 yards to the Kansas City seven-yard line. After a rush by Ingram for one yard, Brees completed a six-yard pass to FB Jed Collins for a touchdown. Hartley connected on the PAT and made the score, 24-6.

Morstead kicked the ball away and Draughn was brought down after just a 14-yard return to the Kansas City nine-yard line. On first down, Charles carried the ball 91 yards on the left side for a touchdown, the longest rush in Chiefs history. Succop made the extra point and made the score 24-13.

Brees completed two passes on the next New Orleans possession including a 34-yard throw to Moore that moved him past Fran Tarkenton in all-time completions. On second down from the Kansas City 29-yard line, Brees was intercepted on a deep pass by CB Stanford Routt who returned the ball 32-yards from the goal line.

The Chiefs looked to capitalize on their next possession. Cassel completed an 11-yard pass to Bowe before Charles broke off a 40-yard gain on the ground. Draughn was then stopped for a 4-yard loss by Jordan and S Roman Harper to end the third quarter. After a quick completion to start the fourth quarter, Cassel was sacked by Smith to bring up fourth-and-long. Succop made a 34-yard field goal to bring the game within one score, 24-16.

After the Saints went three-and-out on their next possession, the Chiefs took over at their own 30-yard line. Charles rushed four times for 23 yards. Cassel completed only one throw for 11-yards on the drive and the Chiefs settled for a 38-yard field goal by Succop. With 9:11 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Saints held a 24-19 lead.

Both teams went three-and-out on their next possession. After a Chiefs’ punt, the Saints took over from deep inside their own territory on the nine-yard line. After a rush for a loss, Brees dropped back and was taken down in the end zone for a loss of seven-yards and a safety by LB Justin Houston. The safety brought the score within three points, 24-21.

Charles rushed six times on the next Kansas City possession as the Chiefs used 5:30 of clock to move the ball 37 yards. Succop made a 43-yard field goal to tie the game at 24 with three seconds remaining.

Brees took a knee to send the game to overtime.

The Chiefs won the coin toss and chose to receive in overtime. Kansas City was able to move the ball down to New Orleans territory but two consecutive incompletions by Cassel led to a Chiefs punt. The Saints took over on their own three-yard line.

The Saints couldn’t move the ball out of their own territory and punted back to the Chiefs. Kansas City rushed seven times and moved the ball downfield while also converting on a fourth-and-inches play to extend the drive. Succop made a 31-yard field goal to end the game, giving the Chiefs the 27-24 overtime victory.


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Saints tied with Chiefs to start overtime

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 09/23/2012 – 8:29 pm

The Saints won the coin toss and chose to receive to start their third contest of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Saints moved the ball down the field quickly and efficiently on their first possession. Faced with an early third down, Brees handed off the football to Sproles who took the ball 47 yards down the left side, the longest rush of his NFL career. Brees then connected on a 19-yard completion to WR Marques Colston and capped off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown thrown to WR Lance Moore. K Garrett Hartley made the PAT and put the Saints ahead, 7-0, after a six-play, 83-yard, scoring drive, the second straight week New Orleans scored a touchdown on their opening drive. With the touchdown throw, Brees continued his streak of 46 consecutive games with a scoring completion, second most all-time.

QB Matt Cassel took the field for Kansas City for the Chiefs’ first offensive possession. Cassel completed five consecutive throws for 47 yards and RB Jamaal Charles added 26 yards on the ground with five carries. WR Dexter McCluster caught two passes from Cassel for a total of 25 yards. The Chiefs were unable to convert in the red zone and K Ryan Succop kicked a 25-yard field goal through the uprights to bring the score to 7-3.

Brees and the offense were faced with an early third down again on their second possession and the Saints offense converted with a big play. Brees connected on a deep throw to WR Devery Henderson for a 36-yard gain down the right seam. Brees then picked up another 17-yard through the air on a pass to Moore went down while catching the football. Brees then completed two consecutive throws to TE Jimmy Graham but Graham was stopped by S Eric Berry before Graham could pick up a first down to bring the end of the first quarter, following a successful replay challenge of the spot by Kansas City.

Hartley came on and made a 40-yard field goal and gave the Saints a 10-3 lead.

After a Chiefs three-and-out, the Saints took over from their own 19-yard line. Thomas caught a short pass from Brees and picked up 14 yards and a first down. The Saints weren’t able to move the chains after that as Brees was brought down in the backfield for a ten-yard loss by LB Derrick Johnson. Brees connected with Thomas again for seven yards but it wasn’t enough to move the chains and Morstead punted the ball for a career-long 70-yards into the end zone for a touchback.

Following a three-and-out by the Saints, CB Javier Arenas returned the punt 24-yards into New Orleans territory. Cassel connected on his first throw of the possession to WR Dwayne Bowe for 15 yard and a first down. The Chiefs weren’t able to advance the ball further downfield and Succop connected on a 45-yard field goal to bring the score to 10-6.

The Saints offense then moved the ball down the field to the nine-yard line, but left the drive without any points. Brees connected on a ten-yd pass to Moore and a seven-yd throw to Henderson. Thomas added 37-yards on the drive including a 27-yard reception that he took down the left sideline. It appeared that Brees had connected on a nine-yard touchdown throw to Thomas but the play was overturned by an official’s review inside the two minute warning. Following the challenge, on third-and-seven, Brees was sacked by Johnson for the second time, this time for a loss of 11-yards and then Hartley missed the 38-yard field goal attempt.

Kansas City attempted a drive down the field with little time left on the clock. Cassel was sacked for a loss of seven yards by Galette after a five-yard rush by RB Shaun Draughn. Cassel then connected on a 19-yard pass to Charles before spiking the ball to stop the clock. As time was about to expire in the first half, Cassel was sacked by Galette who forced a fumble that was recovered by Jordan and the Saints held on to a 10-6 halftime lead.

After Draughn returned the opening kickoff of the second half 23-yards, Cassel completed a pass to McCluster for three yards and McCluster fumbled the football. LB Jonathan Casillas recovered the ball but the play was blown dead by the officials before Casillas could advance towards the endzone.

After an incomplete pass on first down, Brees connected on an 18-yard throw to Moore but the play was reversed by the officials after a Kansas City challenge. Brees then targeted Colston and completed a 13-yard pass for a first down. Thomas then rushed for five yards to bring the Saints to the Kansas City one-yard line where Brees completed a one-yard touchdown throw to Graham. Hartley made the extra point and increased the Saints’ lead to 17-6.

Charles rushed four consecutive times on the next Chiefs possession for a total of 24 yards but the Chiefs punted the ball away after being unable to pick up another first down.

After another Saints punt, Cassel completed a 10-yard pass to TE Steve Maneri to start the drive. On his next throw, Cassel was intercepted by CB Jabari Greer and Greer returned the ball 28 yards to the Kansas City seven-yard line. After a rush by Ingram for one yard, Brees completed a six-yard pass to FB Jed Collins for a touchdown. Hartley connected on the PAT and made the score, 24-6.

Morstead kicked the ball away and Draughn was brought down after just a 14-yard return to the Kansas City nine-yard line. On first down, Charles carried the ball 91 yards on the left side for a touchdown, the longest rush in Chiefs history. Succop made the extra point and made the score 24-13.

Brees completed two passes on the next New Orleans possession including a 34-yard throw to Moore that moved him past Fran Tarkenton in all-time completions. On second down from the Kansas City 29-yard line, Brees was intercepted on a deep pass by CB Stanford Routt who returned the ball 32-yards from the goal line.

The Chiefs looked to capitalize on their next possession. Cassel completed an 11-yard pass to Bowe before Charles broke off a 40-yard gain on the ground. Draughn was then stopped for a 4-yard loss by Jordan and S Roman Harper to end the third quarter. After a quick completion to start the fourth quarter, Cassel was sacked by DE Will Smith to bring up fourth-and-long. Succop made a 34-yard field goal to bring the game within one score, 24-16.

After the Saints went three-and-out on their next possession, the Chiefs took over at their own 30-yard line. Charles rushed four times for 23 yards. Cassel completed only one throw for 11-yards on the drive and the Chiefs settled for a 38-yard field goal by Succop. With 9:11 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Saints held a 24-19 lead.

Both teams went three-and-out on their next possession. After a Chiefs’ punt, the Saints took over from deep inside their own territory on the nine-yard line. After a rush for a loss, Brees dropped back and was taken down in the end zone for a loss of seven-yards and a safety by LB Justin Houston. The safety brought the score within three points, 24-21.

Charles rushed six times on the next Kansas City possession  as the Chiefs used 5:30 of clock to move the ball 37 yards. Succop made a 43-yard field goal to tie the game at 24 with three seconds remaining.

Brees took a knee to send the game to overtime.


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Saints lead Chiefs, 24-13, to start 4th Quarter

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 09/23/2012 – 7:33 pm

The Saints won the coin toss and chose to receive to start their third contest of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Saints moved the ball down the field quickly and efficiently on their first possession. Faced with an early third down, Brees handed off the football to Sproles who took the ball 47 yards down the left side, the longest rush of his NFL career. Brees then connected on a 19-yard completion to WR Marques Colston and capped off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown thrown to WR Lance Moore. K Garrett Hartley made the PAT and put the Saints ahead, 7-0, after a six-play, 83-yard, scoring drive, the second straight week New Orleans scored a touchdown on their opening drive. With the touchdown throw, Brees continued his streak of 46 consecutive games with a scoring completion, second most all-time.

QB Matt Cassel took the field for Kansas City for the Chiefs’ first offensive possession. Cassel completed five consecutive throws for 47 yards and RB Jamaal Charles added 26 yards on the ground with five carries. WR Dexter McCluster caught two passes from Cassel for a total of 25 yards. The Chiefs were unable to convert in the red zone and K Ryan Succop kicked a 25-yard field goal through the uprights to bring the score to 7-3.

Brees and the offense were faced with an early third down again on their second possession and the Saints offense converted with a big play. Brees connected on a deep throw to WR Devery Henderson for a 36-yard gain down the right seam. Brees then picked up another 17-yard through the air on a pass to Moore went down while catching the football. Brees then completed two consecutive throws to TE Jimmy Graham but Graham was stopped by S Eric Berry before Graham could pick up a first down to bring the end of the first quarter, following a successful replay challenge of the spot by Kansas City.

Hartley came on and made a 40-yard field goal and gave the Saints a 10-3 lead.

After a Chiefs three-and-out, the Saints took over from their own 19-yard line. Thomas caught a short pass from Brees and picked up 14 yards and a first down. The Saints weren’t able to move the chains after that as Brees was brought down in the backfield for a ten-yard loss by LB Derrick Johnson. Brees connected with Thomas again for seven yards but it wasn’t enough to move the chains and Morstead punted the ball for a career-long 70-yards into the end zone for a touchback.

Following a three-and-out by the Saints, CB Javier Arenas returned the punt 24-yards into New Orleans territory. Cassel connected on his first throw of the possession to WR Dwayne Bowe for 15 yard and a first down. The Chiefs weren’t able to advance the ball further downfield and Succop connected on a 45-yard field goal to bring the score to 10-6.

The Saints offense then moved the ball down the field to the nine-yard line, but left the drive without any points. Brees connected on a ten-yd pass to Moore and a seven-yd throw to Henderson. Thomas added 37-yards on the drive including a 27-yard reception that he took down the left sideline. It appeared that Brees had connected on a nine-yard touchdown throw to Thomas but the play was overturned by an official’s review inside the two minute warning. Following the challenge, on third-and-seven, Brees was sacked by Johnson for the second time, this time for a loss of 11-yards and then Hartley missed the 38-yard field goal attempt.

Kansas City attempted a drive down the field with little time left on the clock. Cassel was sacked for a loss of seven yards by Galette after a five-yard rush by RB Shaun Draughn. Cassel then connected on a 19-yard pass to Charles before spiking the ball to stop the clock. As time was about to expire in the first half, Cassel was sacked by Galette who forced a fumble that was recovered by Jordan and the Saints held on to a 10-6 halftime lead.

After Draughn returned the opening kickoff of the second half 23-yards, Cassel completed a pass to McCluster for three yards and McCluster fumbled the football. LB Jonathan Casillas recovered the ball but the play was blown dead by the officials before Casillas could advance towards the endzone.

After an incomplete pass on first down, Brees connected on an 18-yard throw to Moore but the play was reversed by the officials after a Kansas City challenge. Brees then targeted Colston and completed a 13-yard pass for a first down. Thomas then rushed for five yards to bring the Saints to the Kansas City one-yard line where Brees completed a one-yard touchdown throw to Graham. Hartley made the extra point and increased the Saints’ lead to 17-6.

Charles rushed four consecutive times on the next Chiefs possession for a total of 24 yards but the Chiefs punted the ball away after being unable to pick up another first down.

After another Saints punt, Cassel completed a 10-yard pass to TE Steve Maneri to start the drive. On his next throw, Cassel was intercepted by CB Jabari Greer and Greer returned the ball 28 yards to the Kansas City seven-yard line. After a rush by Ingram for one yard, Brees completed a six-yard pass to FB Jed Collins for a touchdown. Hartley connected on the PAT and made the score, 24-6.

Morstead kicked the ball away and Draughn was brought down after just a 14-yard return to the Kansas City nine-yard line. On first down, Charles carried the ball 91 yards on the left side for a touchdown, the longest rush in Chiefs history. Succop made the extra point and made the score 24-13.

Brees completed two passes on the next New Orleans possession including a 34-yard throw to Moore that moved him past Fran Tarkenton in all-time completions. On second down from the Kansas City 29-yard line, Brees was intercepted on a deep pass by CB Stanford Routt who returned the ball 32-yards from the goal line.

The Chiefs looked to capitalize on their next possession. Cassel completed an 11-yard pass to Bowe before Charles broke off a 40-yard gain on the ground. Draughn was then stopped for a 4-yard loss by Jordan and S Roman Harper to end the third quarter.


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Saints lead 10-6 at Halftime

Posted by NewOrleansSaints.com on 09/23/2012 – 6:32 pm

An efficient performance on offense and several big plays in defense, including an aggressive pass rush at the end of the second quarter has the New Orleans Saints holding a 10-6 halftime lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in action at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

QB Drew Brees has completed 13-of-19 for 170 yards and a touchdown with a 113.9 passer rating in the first half.  RB Darren Sproles has three carries for 55 yards, including a first quarter career-long 47-yard rush. RB Pierre Thomas leads New Orleans in receiving with four catches for 55 yards.

DE Junior Galette leads the New Orleans defense with two sacks and one forced fumble, which was recovered by DE Cameron Jordan on Kansas City’s final offensive play of the first half.

The Saints won the coin toss and chose to receive to start their third contest of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Saints moved the ball down the field quickly and efficiently on their first possession. Faced with an early third down, Brees handed off the football to Sproles who took the ball 47 yards down the left side, the longest rush of his NFL career. Brees then connected on a 19-yard completion to WR Marques Colston and capped off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown thrown to WR Lance Moore. K Garrett Hartley made the PAT and put the Saints ahead, 7-0, after a six-play, 83-yard, scoring drive, the second straight week New Orleans scored a touchdown on their opening drive. With the touchdown throw, Brees continued his streak of 46 consecutive games with a scoring completion, second most all-time.

QB Matt Cassel took the field for Kansas City for the Chiefs’ first offensive possession. Cassel completed five consecutive throws for 47 yards and RB Jamaal Charles added 26 yards on the ground with five carries. WR Dexter McCluster caught two passes from Cassel for a total of 25 yards. The Chiefs were unable to convert in the red zone and K Ryan Succop kicked a 25-yard field goal through the uprights to bring the score to 7-3.

Brees and the offense were faced with an early third down again on their second possession and the Saints offense converted with a big play. Brees connected on a deep throw to WR Devery Henderson for a 36-yard gain down the right seam. Brees then picked up another 17-yard through the air on a pass to Moore went down while catching the football. Brees then completed two consecutive throws to TE Jimmy Graham but Graham was stopped by S Eric Berry before Graham could pick up a first down to bring the end of the first quarter, following a successful replay challenge of the spot by Kansas City.

Hartley came on and made a 40-yard field goal and gave the Saints a 10-3 lead.

After a Chiefs three-and-out, the Saints took over from their own 19-yard line. Thomas caught a short pass from Brees and picked up 14 yards and a first down. The Saints weren’t able to move the chains after that as Brees was brought down in the backfield for a ten-yard loss by LB Derrick Johnson. Brees connected with Thomas again for seven yards but it wasn’t enough to move the chains and Morstead punted the ball for a career-long 70-yards into the end zone for a touchback.

Following a three-and-out by the Saints, CB Javier Arenas returned the punt 24-yards into New Orleans territory. Cassel connected on his first throw of the possession to WR Dwayne Bowe for 15 yard and a first down. The Chiefs weren’t able to advance the ball further downfield and Succop connected on a 45-yard field goal to bring the score to 10-6.

The Saints offense then moved the ball down the field to the nine-yard line, but left the drive without any points. Brees connected on a ten-yd pass to Moore and a seven-yd throw to Henderson. Thomas added 37-yards on the drive including a 27-yard reception that he took down the left sideline. It appeared that Brees had connected on a nine-yard touchdown throw to Thomas but the play was overturned by an official’s review inside the two minute warning. Following the challenge, on third-and-seven, Brees was sacked by Johnson for the second time, this time for a loss of 11-yards and then Hartley missed the 38-yard field goal attempt.

Kansas City attempted a drive down the field with little time left on the clock. Cassel was sacked for a loss of seven yards by Galette after a five-yard rush by RB Shaun Draughn. Cassel then connected on a 19-yard pass to Charles before spiking the ball to stop the clock. As time was about to expire in the first half, Cassel was sacked by Galette who forced a fumble that was recovered by Jordan and the Saints held on to a 10-6 halftime lead.


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