By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
The Saints moved to 12-3, as they defeated the Tennessee Titans in Nashville today, 38-28. After struggling through the first quarter and finding themselves down 14-0, New Orleans would score 24 unanswered points in the second and third quarters, which was more than enough to seal the victory.
Falling behind 14-0, the Saints put together a drive that started late in the first quarter continuing into the second, as they would go 41 yards in 13 plays. Wil Lutz pushed through a 47 yard field goal to finally get the Black & Gold on the scoreboard. Later in the half, New Orleans retained possession with 2:23 left and wasted no time. It took Drew Brees one play, as he hit Jared Cook deep for a 61 yard touchdown. The half would end with the Titans up 14-10.
Drew Brees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Alvin Kamara returned to form, as he carried the ball 11 times for 80 yards and scored twice. But the story of the day belongs to Michael Thomas, who needs to be considered the best at his position in the game today, as he has 12 catches for 136 yards and one touchdown. He now holds the record for most receptions in a single-season, as he broke Marvin Harrison's record of 143 receptions set in 1992. After giving up 14 points early in the game, the Saints defense played well. They sacked Ryan Tannehill five times and came up with perhaps the biggest play of the game. Leading 31-28 with 4:26 to go in the contest, the Saints failed on a fake punt attempt, giving the ball back to Tennessee in good field position. On the next play Tannehill hit Kalif Raymond down the middle for a 23 yard gain to the Saints 39. Raymond was hit hard and fumbled. CJ Gardner-Johnson scooped up the ball and returned it all the way to the Titans' 25 yard line. It was the only turnover of the game and a timely one for the Saints defense, as it set up the final score of the game with Brees hitting Thomas in the end zone.
Next, the NFC South Champions travel to Charlotte to play the 5-10 Carolina Panthers in their regular season finale.