Long Fourth Quarter Drive Exactly What the Saints Needed


A 12-play drive that ate up close to 6 and a half minutes in the fourth quarter was exactly what the doctor ordered Sunday for the Saints in their 30-20 win over the Chiefs. It was the type of drive the team has been looking for the whole season. They were able to run the ball, have some success with Drew Brees making big throws, and they ate clock at the same time.

The drive only ended with a field goal, but it made a statement that the Saints were not going to give up this fourth quarter lead. They needed that field goal, and they got it when Garrett Hartley nailed the 35-yard kick to make it 30-20 with just over three minutes left. It would have been real easy, based on how this crazy season has gone, to have gone three-and-out on that drive that then have to sweat it out.

Instead, the Saints did the right thing, which was take care of business against the 32nd ranked defense with their number one ranked offense. Brees and company did what they had to do, now they can look ahead to another huge challenge this week as they get ready for the Packers on Monday night.


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