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Saints fall on road again, 27-16 to St. Louis

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New Orleans -- Behind a trio of turnovers, the Saints lost their fourth road game of the season Sunday, falling to the St. Louis Rams, 27-16. The Saints are winless in their last three trips to St. Louis (6-8).

New Orleans (10-4) is once again tied with Carolina (10-4) in the NFC South division. The Saints visit the Panthers next week for a noon game on FOX 8 that should ultimately decide playoff seeding.

Drew Brees threw interceptions on the Saints' first two possessions of the game, and the Rams converted those consecutive turnovers into points en route to a commanding 24-3 halftime lead.

Brees finished the game 39-56 for 393 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and a fumble. He was also sacked four times. The Rams' vaunted pass rush never allowed the Saints offense to find a rhythm. New Orleans also finished with eight penalties for 77 yards.

Trailing 27-3 in the fourth quarter, the Saints did manage a brief comeback. Brees scored on a one-yard QB keeper. A failed two-point conversion made it 27-9.

Then after a successful onside kick for New Orleans, Brees would find Marques Colston on a 5-yard scoring strike to make it 27-16.

Colston tallied eight receptions for 92 yards and the touchdown.

After forcing a three-and-out, the Saints marched back into the redzone, settling for a field goal attempt to make it a one score game. However, Garrett Hartley shanked the kick left, and the Rams just needed to run out the clock.

The ending was bad, but the first half was a complete nightmare for the Black-and-Gold, similar to their most recent road trip to Seattle.

Brees' first pass of the game was picked off by T.J. McDonald deep in Saints territory at the 31-yard line. On the very next play, Kellen Clemons connected with Cory Harkey, who made several Saints defenders miss on his way to a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing New Orleans drive, the Saints marched deep into St. Louis territory, but once again, Brees threw an errant pass, this time into double coverage.

The Rams responded with a nine-play, 57-yard scoring drive, capped off with a four-yard TD pass from Clemons to Lance Kendricks. St. Louis led 14-0 after the first quarter.

And they weren't done yet. After successfully executing an onside kick, the Rams put three more points on the board with a Greg Zuerlein 31-yard field goal that made the game 17-0.

The Saints would move back into the Rams' redzone, however Robert Quinn sacked Brees on third down to force a Garrett Hartley field goal. The 45-yarder was good as New Orleans cut the deficit to 17-3.

Then later in the quarter, Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy ripped off a 40-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 24-3.

To make things worse, the Saints had a field goal attempt blocked with just seconds left in the half.

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