Saints get first win, topping Vikings 20-9

Dome sweet dome. All the Saints needed was a dome-field advantage to get their first win of the season 20-9 over the Vikings.

Drew Brees was the Saints spark plug on offense going 27-35 for 293 yards and two touchdowns.

The Who Dat defense didn't give up a touchdown in the contest. Rob Ryan's unit held Minnesota to only three field goals.

The Saints started the scoring early. Brees orchestrated a flawless drive completing all five of his passes, but the run game got the score. Pierre Thomas' one-yard touchdown run gave the black and gold a 7-0 advantage.

Next time out Brees went perfect from the pocket again. This time he was 4-for-4 passing, totaling 66 yards by air. His connection with Josh Hill went for 34 yards, and gave Brees his first touchdown toss of the game. Shayne Graham's extra point was blocked, Saints led 13-0 after two offensive drives.

After the two initial drives it appeared the offense went on cruise control.

The Vikings would hit three field goals unanswered to cut the Saints lead at 13-9. Two Vikings quarterbacks contributed to getting Minnesota into field goal range.

Starter Matt Cassel got roughed up by the Saints defense, which meant rookie Teddy Bridgewater would see his first action of the season.

Late in the third quarter Brees and his offense got their wakeup call in the form of a personal foul penalty. The Vikings Captain Munnerlyn sacked Brees, but committed the infraction on the takedown. Brees got into a pushing battle after the flag was thrown.

That would ignite a Saints touchdown to put the matchup away. Brees, with a new set of downs after the flag, hit Brandin Cooks on a screen pass to get the unit in the red zone. The next play Brees found Marques Colston for an 18-yard touchdown strike. Brees' second touchdown pass of the day put the Saints ahead 20-9.

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