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Saints Alive! Saints Beat Redskins 33-30 to win NFC South crown

In perhaps, the strangest game in the NFL this year, the New Orleans Saints onc again showed heart and grit in a gutsy 33-30 victory over the Washington Redskins to keep the dream of a 16-0 season and dome feild advantage in the playoffs alive.

Washington started the game fast, forcing the Saints to punt on their first drive and driving down the field to take the early lead on an 8 yd Fred Davis TD pass from Jason Campbell. The Redskins defense held the potent Saints offense to -1 yd rushing and no points in the first quarter. The Redskins added a field goal to take a 10-0 lead after one quarter.

The Saints came back strong to start the second quarter. Garret Hartley kicked his first field goal of the year to cut the lead to 10-3. On the next Saints offensive possesion, Drew Brees found Marques Colston wide open on a 40 yd TD pass to tie the game. The Redskins responded with a drive, culminating in a 5 yd Devin Thomas touchdown, to take a 17-10 lead.

The Saints came back to tie the game on a bizarre series of plays. Thomas Morestead shanked a 29 yd punt which bounced off a Redskin blocker’s back. Usama Young recovered to give the ball back to the Saints in Redskins territory. On a 3rd and 26, Drew Brees heaved up a deep ball to a double teamed Jeremy Shockey. Kevin Moore picked off the pass and decided to run with the ball, only to be stripped by Robert Meachem, who ran back the fumble for a game tying 44 yd touchdown.

The Redskins once again took control of the game with another strong quarter. They took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field on a few long pass plays. Shaun Suisham kicked an easy 28 yd field goal to take the lead 20-17. The defense held the Saints once again. Devin Thomas caught his second touchdown of the game to cap the next Redskins drive. The Saints drove the ball once again, but couldn’t finish the drive and had to settle for another short feild goal. The Redskins added another feild goal early in the fourth quarter to take a 30-20 lead.

The Saints fought back in the fourth quarter once again. After the Saints kicked a field goal to bring the score to 30-23, the Redskins marched down the field once more to try to put points on the board to make it a two possesion game once again. BUT, Shaun Shuisham missed a 23 yd chip shot with under two minutes left. That was more than enough time for the Saints, as Drew Brees hit Robert Meachem on a 53 yd pass play to tie the game at 30. Jason Campbell was then picked off a couple of plays later as Jonathan Vilma undercut a poor Campbell throw. The Saints missed a 57 yd field goal as time expired.

The Redskins won the overtime coin toss but quickly turned the ball over to the Saints. A great timeout by Sean Payton gave the officials time to review a Mike Sellers catch originally ruled that the ball was fumbled after the player was ruled down. The Saints won the challenge and drove the ball down field to set up Garret Hartley’s chip shot to win the game.

The Redskins dominated the Saints on both sides of the trenches. The Redskins defense held the Saints to just 55 yds riushing for the game, well below their season average. Albert Haynesworth reopeatedly got into the Saints backfield and forced several tackles for loss. Drew Brees never looked comfortable in the pocket. The Redskins offensive line held the Saints to no sacks and very little pressure on Jason Campbell.

Jason Campbell finished the game 30 of 42 for 371 yds with 3 TDs and 1 INT. He consistantly picked on the injury riddled Saints secondary, particularly rookie Malcolm Jenkins. Devin Thomas had a career day for the Redskins, catching 7 balls for 100 yds.

Drew Brees had another career day, passing for 419 yds on 35 completions in 49 attempts. He threw two touchdowns, both on long plays of over 45 yds.

With the win, the Saints win the NFC South. But more importantly, the keep the lead for home field advantage in the NFC.

The Saints proved once again sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.

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One Response to “Saints Alive! Saints Beat Redskins 33-30 to win NFC South crown”

  1. Mitch says:

    Simply an amazing job for the Saints! Loved it! Thanks for the recap. By the way, these free coupons and recipes will surley make your day because you’re one great sports fan!

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