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Saints 2009-2010 Season Recap (Part 2)

7. @ Miami Dolphins: W 46-34

Who Dat? Well, the Dolphins came pretty close. In the first half of play, the Saints almost went into the locker-room down 24-3, but a literal last second QB sneak ended the second quarter 24-10. It was the first time the Saints had to play from behind all season! How would they handle it? Well, Drew Dat was picked off three times but Captain Henne had a worse day as two of his passes were intercepted and brought to the house. Yep, the Black and Gold bruising defense played another great game. The Saints opened the second half with Darren Sharper getting his third pick-six for 42 yards. Brees had 298 yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions. Bell was the hot Saints rusher with 12 touches for 80 yards, and Shockey was the big receiver with 105 yards. The Saints outscored the ‘Fins 36-10 (23-0 in the final quarter) in the second half as the game was wrapped up by Tracy Porter taking a pick for 6 points and 54 yards. So, the Saints fell 21 points at one point and still won by 12. Wow, are these guys real Saints?

8. Atlanta Falcons: W 35-27

Ah, the Saints first division game on Monday Night Football (Are you ready for some football!!). These games are always those anybody can win kind of situations. So, how would the Saints hold the 4-2 Falcons who don’t want to fall too far behind in the division race? Drew finally broke 300 yards again and threw for 2 touchdowns. The aggressive Saints defense intercepted Matt Ryan three times and Jabari Greer took his first interception 48 yards to the house with less than one minute to play in the second half. Pierre Thomas had 98 yards on the ground with 1 touchdown and Colston had 85 yards receiving with 1 touchdown as well. The Saints played a sloppy second half but still overcame the Falcons and improved to 7-0 matching the previous record of the undefeated streak.

9. Carolina Panthers: W 30-20

The 3-5 Panthers come to New Orleans to take on the undefeated Saints. The Saints played their second straight division game against a less than average Panthers club. Second play from scrimmage, Williams could go all the way! 66 yards to the end zone and the Panther are up 7 really early. The Panthers played their hearts out as the first half ended 17-6! The Saints didn’t even score a touchdown (first time this season). Brees threw for 330 yards with an upsetting interception in the red zone. His big target was Meachem who had 98 yards and a touchdown. The Saints defense also picked up a touchdown on a fumble recovery for their third straight game. Thomas only gained 50 yards on the ground with 1 touchdown as the Black and Gold rallied a 24-3 second half comeback against Carolina.

10. @ St. Louis Rams: W 28-23

What! The 1-8 Rams give the Saints their closest game so far! Do the Saints need to get things back together? Drew Brees was picked off twice as he only threw for 223 yards with 2 touchdowns. Reggie Bush gained 83 yards on 6 touches with one touchdown and another receiving touchdown. Courtney Roby got the Saints their first kickoff return of the season as he opened the second half. The win was the Saints closest margin of victory and not by double digits.

11. @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: W 38-7

There it is! The Saints play their first away division game and give the Bucs quite a beating. In the Saints largest margin of victory this season, Drew Brees didn’t throw for 200 yards but he did get 3 touchdowns. Colston caught 5 passes for 74 yards and Thomas picked up 92 yards on the ground while Bell got 2 touchdowns. Freeman fumbled and was intercepted 3 times by the Saints defense as the old Black and Gold get to 10-0. The last NFC team to go 10-0 was the 91’ Redskins and the Saints also matched the longest win streak franchise record.

12. New England Patriots: W 38-17

Many wondered how Brees and Company could handle the Brady Bunch. After a big win last week, so many analysts and pundits doubted the Saints could handle one of the biggest games of their season. What made it worse was that it was Monday Night Football. The Saints had no problems as the main man, Drew Dat Brees, threw for 5 touchdowns, no interceptions, and 371 yards (a near perfect QB rating)! Brady was stuffed. He threw no touchdowns and was picked off twice (McKenzie and Sharper). Colston had 121 yards and Henderson had 116 yards receiving. The big highlight was the blown coverage on Henderson who took a pass 75 yards to the house with no one within 20 yards of him. What a great night as the Patriots rest starters in the fourth quarter and the Saints go to 11-0!

13. @ Washington Redskins- W 33-30 (OT)

“Whew Dat!” was the headline as the New Orleans escape a loss in D.C. The Redskins played their best football of the year against the Saints, but miraculously the Saints go to 12-0. It seemed that the Black and Gold would easily get their first loss as they trailed by 7 points, and Suisham was getting set-up to kick one from 23 yards to have the Redskins up 33-23 with less than 2 minutes to play. He missed it and the Saints would get their miracle drive! Robert Meachem was the Saints star of the game with an interesting play and 142 yards receiving. With time running out in the second half, Brees launched the ball and it was intercepted, but then Meachem stripped it and took it 44 yards to the house. Meachem also caught the touchdown pass that tied the game 30-30 for 53 yards. After a controversial Redskins fumble, the Saints would get the ball and Hartley would kick an 18 yard field-goal to win in OT.  The Saints clinched the NFC South and Shaun Suisham was fired.

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