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Saints over Rams 26-24

R.B. FALLSTROM

AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Mark Ingram had eight carries for 83 yards and a 22-yard touchdown in the first half and the New Orleans Saints won their preseason opener without Drew Brees, beating the St. Louis Rams 26-24 on Friday night.

Sam Bradford didn't play either, held out by the Rams as a precaution coming off knee surgery.

Greg Zuerlein was barely wide left on a 59-yard field goal attempt on the final play after missing a 46-yard attempt with just under six minutes remaining.

Rookie Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, made a solid debut as a reserve defensive end for St. Louis.

Luke McCown started in place of Brees, limited by a left oblique injury the past week. First-round pick Brandin Cooks caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from third-stringer Ryan Griffin in the third quarter.

Shaun Hill got the start for St. Louis and threw two touchdown passes in the first half.

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STATS:

New Orleans313100-26

St. Louis71007-24

 

First Quarter

StL_Harkey 16 pass from S.Hill (Zuerlein kick), 8:10.

NO_FG S.Graham 37, 3:28.

 

Second Quarter

NO_K.Robinson 1 run (kick failed), 8:32.

StL_Bailey 24 pass from S.Hill (Zuerlein kick), 5:59.

NO_Ingram 22 run (S.Graham kick), 2:37.

StL_FG Zuerlein 45, :00.

 

Third Quarter

NO_FG Dimke 37, 10:31.

NO_Cooks 25 pass from Griffin (Dimke kick), 3:43.

 

Fourth Quarter

StL_Franklin 15 pass from A.Davis (Zuerlein kick), 11:07.

A_54,850.

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NOStL

First downs 22 22

Total Net Yards 375 388

Rushes-yards 24-123 32-150

Passing 252 238

Punt Returns 2-5 3-17

Kickoff Returns 2-36 5-134

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-0

Comp-Att-Int 27-40-2 21-34-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 4-33

Punts 4-53.8 5-46.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 10-104 14-118

Time of Possession 28:36 31:24

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_New Orleans, Ingram 8-83, K.Robinson 5-23, Cadet 8-9, Strozier 1-5, Flanders 1-3, Griffin 1-0. St. Louis, Mason 15-51, Reynolds 6-46, B.Cunningham 5-24, Stacy 4-22, S.Hill 1-6, Gilbert 1-1.

PASSING_New Orleans, Griffin 16-23-0-179, McCown 7-10-1-49, Kilgore 4-7-1-24. St. Louis, A.Davis 10-16-0-134, S.Hill 5-7-0-84, Gilbert 6-11-0-53.

RECEIVING_New Orleans, Cooks 5-55, Strozier 3-23, Toon 3-11, Hill 2-67, Cadet 2-20, K.Robinson 2-16, J.Graham 2-13, Colston 2-10, Johnson 2-1, Morgan 1-13, Watson 1-10, Flanders 1-9, Ingram 1-4. St. Louis, Bayer 5-71, Blake 3-41, Austin 3-20, Kendricks 2-20, Bailey 1-24, Cook 1-24, Pettis 1-21, Harkey 1-16, Franklin 1-15, Reynolds 1-10, J.Cunningham 1-5, Moe 1-4.

 

MISSED FIELD GOALS_St. Louis, Zuerlein 46 (WL), 59 (WL).

 

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