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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Saints take on the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots on Sunday. The Patriots are favorites in the game. Both teams last their season openers.
The Saints lost another offensive linemen when Lowhen went down with three minutes left in the game. There's no word on the severity of his injury. The Pats got the ball back and, despite a defensive stop, the champions pinned the Saints inside their 10-yard line with a good punt. Time ran out on the Saints in a blowout. Pats 36 - Saints 20
The Pats kicked off the ball with about nine minutes left in the game. New England was sitting on 537 yards of offense when the Saints got the ball back. Brees drove the team to the 41-yard line where they were forced to go for it on fourth down. Peterson took a toss and picked up the first down. A relaxed Patriots defense then gave up a 25-yard pass to Coleman. Brees hooked up with Fleener for the team's second touchdown. The touchdown put Brees over 300 yards passing. Pats 36 - Saints 20
Gostkowski kicked a 24-yard field goal with 4:15 left in the third quarter. As the fourth started, the Saints were forced to punt the ball to the Pats. New England was pinned deep in their own territory at the 11-yard line. Brady started the march down field and completed two passes into double coverage, getting the Pats down to the three yard line. The throw put Brady over the 400-yard mark. A touchdown was nullified by a penalty. In fact, penalties pushed the Pats back to the 20-yard line. The Pats used the extra yardage to wind down the clock. Brady was sacked on third down, but Gostkowski added more points with a field goal. Pats 36 - Saints 13
The Saints drove the ball down the field and threatened to score. Brees couldn't connect with his receiver on fourth down, so out came Lutz for a 49-yard field goal. Boing - it bounced off the right upright. Brees hasn't thrown a pick, but his team is still down in the third quarter. Pats 30 - Saints 13
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The Saints deferred on the coin toss and got the ball at the beginning of the second half. Brees drove the Saints into Pats territory, but the drive stalled out of field goal range. Brady threw an interception on the next drive, but nope. The Saints had 12 men on the field. Vicarro picked off Brady a few plays later, but nope. The Saints were called for defensive holding. New Orleans was able to regain possession after a short punt. Pats 30 - Saints 13
The Saints got the ball back and drove down to the 20-yard line, where the Pats defense stopped them... until 4th down. Payton decided to go for it. Brees threw the ball to Ginn in the endzone, but it wasn't close. Ginn had the defender by a couple of yards, but the pass was off. The Pats masterfully drove the ball down the field. Gronkowski dropped a pretty good pass in the back of the endzone. The Pats kicked a field goal as time ran out in the half.. Brees threw for 187 yards in the first half, but his team is still down. Pats 30 - Saints 13
Brady hits Gronkowski on the first pass of the next drive to get the Pats out to the 43-yard line. One play later, Brady hit Hogan for a 27-yard gain to get the Pats inside the Saints 30-yard line. Two plays later, Brady hit former Saints player Cooks for a 15-yard gain. Gillislee pushed it into the endzone on the next play. Pats 27 - Saints 13
The Saints stopped the Pats again, as momentum starts to shift to the home team. Coleman catches a short pass from Drew Brees but turns it into a 42-yard gain to get the Saints down to the 18-yard line. Big catch on a 3rd & 10. Ginn wasn't able to hold onto a pass thrown into the endzone on third down. Brilliant defense by Jones. Jones jumped offsides on the field goal attempt and Sean Payton chose to try to get the defense to jump offsides after Lutz made his first field goal. It didn't work, but Lutz nailed the 30-yard attempt. Pats 20 - Saints 13
The Saints offense showed life as Kamara made a big 38-yard catch down the sideline. Brees was able to get the team down to the 5-yard line. On the next play, he hit a wide open Coleman in the endzone. Pats 20 - Saints 10
The Saints went three-and-out after the Patriots scored their second touchdown of the first quarter. Hendrikson was hurt on a run by the Pats, but he was able to walk off the field. A couple of plays later, Brady hit Gronkowski for a 10-yard pass to convert on the team's fourth straight third down. Williams was able to break up a solid pass from Brady in the endzone, however Brady was able to toss a touchdown pass to Hogan on the next play. Brady has 177 yards passing and three touchdowns in the first quarter. Pats 20 - Saints 3
Moments after the Saints kicked a field goal, the Pats All-World TE Gronkowski scored after a 53-yard pass from Brady, where he embarrassed the Saints secondary. The Saints have three rookie starters on defense and it shows. Pats 13 - Saints 3
The Saints start with Ingram in the backfield. Peterson entered the game a few plays later. His first carry only gained a couple of yards. The Saints drove down inside the 30-yard-line. Lutz kicked a 43-yard field goal to get the Saints on the scoreboard. Pats 6 - Saints 3
The Saints win the coin toss. The Patriots have the ball first. New England only has three receivers active for the game, which is good news for the weak Saints defensive backfield. The Pats converted on 3rd & 5 with a nice outlet pass to White.
The Patriots scored on their first drive on 10 plays with a couple of third down conversions. Burkhead scored on a 19-yard pass from Brady, however the team missed the extra point. Pats 6 - Saints 0
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