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Drew Brees‘ 1-yard run capped an 80-yard touchdown drive to open
20-11-2018, 11:14 AM
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Drew Brees‘ 1-yard run capped an 80-yard touchdown drive to open
Brees’ score came after his apparent 3-yard TD pass to Alvin Kamara was overturned on a review that determined Kamara’s knee was down before the goal line. Brees scored on a keeper on the following play Alex Okafor Jersey , giving the Saints (2-1) the win on the day the 39-year-old quarterback set the NFL record for career completions.Brees passed for 396 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores. Kamara had 15 catches for 124 yards and ran for 66 yards.Brees’ biggest play before the winner might have been his improbable 7-yard scoring run with 1:15 remaining that forced overtime. He ran to his left and then spun to avoid tackle attempts by Brian Poole and Robert Alford.Atlanta’s Matt Ryan had his first career game with five scoring passes, including three to rookie Calvin Ridley. That wasn’t enough for the Falcons (1-2) against Brees and the high-scoring Saints, who gained 534 yards.Ryan passed for 374 yards, including 146 to Ridley, who became the first Falcons rookie with three scoring catches. Ridley, who had seven receptions, including a 75-yard TD, had his first game with more than one touchdown reception in his first game with at least 100 yards receiving.Ridley’s third scoring catch against the Saints was a 9-yarder early in the third quarter that held up following a review.Ryan’s five touchdown passes tied the team record set by Wade Wilson on Dec. 13, 1992, at Tampa Bay.The fifth went to Mohamed Sanu 鈥?followed by Ryan’s 2-point conversion pass to Sanu 鈥?gave the Falcons a 37-30 lead midway through the fourth quarter.The scoring pass came after Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata was called for unnecessary roughness when Atlanta’s Matt Bryant kicked a 29-yard field goal that would have given the Falcons a 32-30 lead. With the penalty, the Falcons’ offense came back on the field.Ridley beat P.J. Williams on his first two scoring catches, an 18-yarder in the first quarter and the 75-yarder in the second quarter.The Saints made a defensive switch, moving Ken Crawley into coverage on Ridley. Crawley was called for pass interference on a deep incompletion to Ridley early in the third quarter that gave Atlanta a first down at the New Orleans 5. On second down from the 9, Ridley’s third scoring catch gave the Falcons a 21-16 lead.Williams’ troubles continued when he was called for pass interference when trying to cover Sanu, and that flag set up another first down at the 5. Ryan’s fourth scoring pass, to Tevin Coleman, made it 29-23.With his 14th completed pass, Brees broke the record of 6,300 career completions set by Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Brees closed in on the mark early, completing his first four passes, including a 19-yard scoring pass to Ted Ginn Jr. Larry Warford Color Rush Jersey , on the Saints’ opening drive.The Falcons pulled even on Ryan’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Ridley later in the opening quarter.Brees set the career completions record with a 17-yard completion to Michael Thomas in the second quarter, giving him 6,301.With a little more help from Ginn, Brees might have had a bigger first half. Ginn dropped a sideline pass on a drive that ended with a 49-yard field goal by Will Lutz bouncing off the left upright and over the cross bar. Later in the second quarter, Ginn juggled a pass for an incompletion as he ran out of bounds on the Atlanta sideline.Ryan’s 75-yard scoring pass to Ridley was his 34th career TD pass against the Saints, the most by any quarterback. He surpassed Joe Montana’s 33 TD passes against New Orleans.INJURY REPORTSaints reserve cornerback Patrick Robinson was carted from the field early in the third quarter with a left ankle injury. He did not return.Falcons safety Ricardo Allen left early in overtime with a left calf injury. He was helped to the sideline and then driven on a cart to the locker room. … Reserve cornerback Justin Bethel suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. … Atlanta rookie linebacker Foyesade Oluokun left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.UP NEXTSaints: at New York Giants next Sunday.Falcons: Play their third straight home game against the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.___ METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees isn’t worried about the Saints‘ conspicuously heavy reliance on the passing game during a season-opening loss.On one hand, the result begs the question of how much the four-game suspension of running back Mark Ingram is affecting New Orleans’ ability to gain advantages in time of possession from running the ball. At the same time, one game does not make a trend and it’s hard to be overly critical of an approach that produced 475 yards and 40 points.If not for a couple of lost fumbles — including one on a running play that was returned for a Tampa Bay touchdown — the Saints might have pulled out their high-scoring affair with the Bucs instead of losing by eight .Brees explained that two factors led to the Saints passing 45 times and running only 13. One was that they liked their matchups in the passing game. They also fell behind by multiple scores in the second half, which all but forces the team playing catch-up to throw more.“That’s just kind of the way that game went,” Brees said after practice on Wednesday. “The next thing I’d say is, ‘Were we efficient?’ And I’d say we were. So there’s going to be games where it’s lopsided in one way or the other.“There are going to be games where we’re probably running the ball more than passing it,” Brees continued. “And I’ll ask the same question: ‘Are we efficient?’ So, if we are, if we’re moving the ball, if we’re scoring points, then I’d say obviously that was the right plan.”Last season, with Ingram and fellow running back Alvin Kamara operating as a Pro Bowl tandem, the Saints ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing with 129 yards per game. When their defense played well, they were able to build leads and then control the clock. That recipe helped produce an 11-win regular season and one playoff victory before they fell in the divisional round at Minnesota on the last play of the game.While New Orleans had only 43 yards rushing last Sunday, a bright spot was the effectiveness of two running plays from within 5 yards of the end zone. Kamara scored both times. He also ran for a 2-point conversion https://www.thesaintsfanshop.com/Ted-Ginn-Jr-Jersey , showing that the Saints’ offensive line could get the push it needed in those situations.Still, even Kamara had most of his production — 112 yards — as a receiver. Meanwhile, Michael Thomas set a franchise single-game record with 16 receptions for 180 yards and a score.When asked if playing from behind was the main reason for the Saints’ lack of balance on offense, coach Sean Payton said, “Not just that. We also wanted to throw it when we began to see how we were getting defended.”Against Cleveland, Payton added, “We’ll look closely at the best way we think we have to move the football in this game and understand the type of defense we’re playing is quite a bit different than what we just saw.”While the Buccaneers did not generate a relentless pass rush on Brees, who was sacked only once, the Browns come in with a blitz-heavy scheme and defensive end Myles Garrett. Garrett is an emerging star who had two sacks against Pittsburgh in Week 1 and who has at least one sack in each of his past three games.Two other factors on the Saints’ injury report are worth watching this week as they pertain to pass-protection against Garrett and the receiving game. Saints left tackle Terron Armstead (knee) and left guard Andrus Peat (ankle) were listed as limited in practice on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Thomas (illness) and fellow receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) both missed practice. Ginn was among the Saints’ top three receivers in Week 1 with five catches for 68 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown.Browns coach Hugh Jackson said he sees little reason to doubt the Saints’ ability to move the ball on the ground.“A lot of teams are not able to throw the ball as much as they did with the success that they did” against Tampa Bay, Jackson said. “You look up when it’s all said and done, and they have 40 points on the board. That’s a credit to them, a credit to Drew and the rest of their offense.“I just think they got behind,” Jackson continued. “We’ve all been in those situations where sometimes the game plan goes out the door; you do what you need to do to try to win the game.“At the end of the day, I think they’re going to still be able to run the football. They have really good runners. They’ve got blockers. They don’t want to be as one-dimensional, but if they are going to be, they do have the right quarterback to do that.”
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