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Saints Finally Get on the Winning Side with 28-17 Win

Reggie looks for yards  

The Saints quest for a win finally ended on Sunday night, and of at all places – usually unfriendly Qwest Field in Seattle. The home of the Hawks was a place of comfort for the once 0-4 Saints, as they put on a first half show in a 28-17 win. The victory puts the Saints at 1-4, trailing two division front runners in Tampa Bay and Carolina, who are both 4-1. The win ends a four week stretch of nightmares for the Saints, who many thought would be a contender to represent the NFC in this years Super Bowl. The Saints got off to a fast start, building a 21-0 lead and then adding a late first half score with :30 left to go up 28-7. Their defense allowed a last-play field goal to end the first half up 28-10, but in the second half, allowed just one score to wind up 11-point winners.

The offense finally found some cracks, as Reggie Bush had possibly the best game of his career, rushing for 97 yards and adding another 43 on catches to end the night with 141 combined yards. He and Drew Brees seemed on the same page, and the QB was on target most of the night, throwing for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Brees had entered the game with just one TD pass and 9 interceptions. Sunday night in Seattle he had none.

New Orleans also stuffed the running game of the Hawks, who were led by Shaun Alexander, who ran for just 40 yards on 14 carries, a sick 2.5 per carry average. Take away a 37-yard run by back Leonard Weaver, and Seattle ran for just 55 yards on 20 carries, an average of 2.7 yards per carry. Not what one would come to expect for a team that stated all week they would get the running game back to up to snuff.

A bad snap on a punt that led to a Saints score when Pierre Thomas picked up the loose ball and took it in for a score. New Orleans converted 7-of-14 third downs, Bush, who finally looked like a star in the making, kept the Hawks on their toes all night. “This was us,” Brees said. “We did a great job. For the Saints, it looked more like 2006 than the early part of this season, in which after four games they looked more like the Aint’s again, and not the high powered Saints of a year ago.

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