Saints Special Teams Gaffe Costs Them in 25-23 Loss at Home to Denver

Denver Broncos v New Orleans Saints

Denver’s Justin Simmons used a perfectly timed leap over the offensive line to block an extra-point kick that would have given New Orleans a late lead, Will Parks ran it back 84 yards for a defensive 2-point conversion, and the Broncos pulled out a wild 25-23 victory over the Saints on Sunday.

The decisive play came while the Superdome crowd was still celebrating Brandin Cooks’ twisting, 32-yard touchdown catch between two defenders. That put New Orleans in position to take the lead with 1:28 left. Simmons’ block of Wil Lutz’s kick was scooped up by Parks, who nearly stepped out of bounds as he raced down the left sideline.

It was the first such play to provide the winning points in an NFL game.

The Broncos then recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.

Safety Darian Stewart intercepted Drew Brees twice and recovered a fumble for the Broncos (7-3), while Trevor Siemian overcame two interceptions by passing for touchdowns to Jordan Taylor and Demaryius Thomas. Siemian finished with 258 yards passing and completed other clutch throws as Denver converted 11 of 19 third downs.

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Broncos vs Saints NFL Week 10 Capsule

DENVER BRONCOS (6-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-4)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  BRONCOS SAINTS
SERIES LEADER 8-2  
STREAKS Past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Gary Kubiak: 1-1 Sean Payton: 0-2
LAST WEEK L 30-20 at Oakland W 41-23 at San Francisco
LAST GAME 10/28/12: Saints 14 at Broncos 34. Denver QB Peyton Manning passes for 305 yards & 3 TDs for 138.9 rating. Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard has 9 tackles, sack, FF & INT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/04: Broncos 34, Saints 13. Denver RB Reuben Droughns rushes for 166 yards & TD. Broncos LB Al Wilson has 7-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Den), 83 (NO). XM: 385 (Den), 226 (NO).

STATS

PASSING Trevor Siemian: 150-251-1770-10-5-86.2 Drew Brees: 242-347-2689 (2L)-21 (2L)-5-106.7 (3L)
RUSHING Devontae Booker (R): 80-320-4.0-2 Mark Ingram: 104-497-4.8-2
RECEIVING Emmanuel Sanders: 49-614-12.5-3 Michael Thomas (R): 47-573-12.2-5
OFFENSE 323.3 434.5 (1L)
TAKE/GIVE +3 +4
DEFENSE 311.9 408.5
SACKS Von Miller: 9.5 (2L) Nick Fairley: 3.5
INTs Aqib Talib: 3 (T3L) 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Riley Dixon (R): 46.3 Thomas Morstead: 50.8 (T1L)
KICKING Brandon McManus: 74 (20/21 PAT; 18/20 FG) Wil Lutz (R): 66 (27/27 PAT; 13/18 FG)

NOTES

BRONCOS: QB TREVOR SIEMIAN has 8 pass TDs vs. 1 INT for 97.5 rating in past 4 on road…Rookie RB DEVONTAE BOOKER has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Is 3rd among rookies with 320 rush yards. RB KAPRI BIBBS had 69-yard TD catch in Week 9…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 137 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 47 catches (6.7 per game) for 640 yards (91.4 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in 7 career games vs. NFC South. Is 4th fastest in NFL history (94 games) to reach 500+ receptions (503) & 50+ rec. TDs (51) in career. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS leads team with 49 catches & 614 rec. yards. WR JORDAN NORWOOD had 36-yard TD catch last week…LB VON MILLER has 14.5 sacks, 9 TFL, 3 FFs & INT in past 11 (incl. playoffs). Is 2nd in NFL with 9.5 sacks. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), ranks 2nd in NFL with 76 sacks. S T.J. WARD is 1 of 2 NFL DBs with 60+ tackles, 1+ INT & 1+ sack…SAINTS: QB DREW BREES passed for 323 yards & 3 TDs in Week 9. Has 55 career games with 300+ pass yards & 3 TDs, most in NFL history. Has 1,420 pass yards (355 per game) & 11 TDs with 2 INTs for 114.7 rating in past 4…RB TIM HIGHTOWER rushed for 87 yards & TD last week. RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 158 yards, incl. career-long 75-yard TD run & added TD catch in Week 9…WR BRANDIN COOKS is averaging 98.1 rec. yards per game & has 10 TD catches in past 9 at home. Rookie WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 73 rec. yards & 2 TDs last week, 1st career multi-TD game. Leads NFL rookies with 47 receptions, 573 rec. yards & 5 TD catches…DE KASIM EDEBALI has 6 sacks in past 8 at home. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON had INT last week. CB STERLING MOORE aims for 6th in row with PD. S JAIRUS BYRD had 37-yard INT-TD in last meeting (12/24/11 with Buf.). S KENNY VACCARO led team with 9 tackles & had FF in Week 9.

Seahawks vs Saints NFL Week Eight Inactives

Seahawks: CB DeAndre Elliott, SS Kam Chancellor, RB Thomas Rawls, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, DE Michael Bennett, LT Bradley Sowell, TE Luke Willson

Saints: CB Delvin Breaux, LB Stephone Anthony, G/T Khalif Barnes, CB Sterling Moore, WR Jake Lampman, OG Landon Turner, RB Marcus Murphy

Mistake Filled Saints Fall to Chiefs in Kansas City 27-21

New Orleans Saints v Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in another efficient outing, Daniel Sorensen returned an interception of Drew Brees for another touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs held off the mistake-prone Saints 27-21 on Sunday.

Spencer Ware ran for 77 yards to go with his 46-yard touchdown reception, and Tyreek Hill made an acrobat 38-yard TD catch to help the Chiefs (4-2) win their ninth straight at home.

Brees got the Saints (2-4) within 24-21 with his touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman with 2:33 left, but the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds. Kansas City added a 41-yard field goal, and the Saints could do nothing in the final 28 seconds to change the outcome.

Brees finished with 367 yards and three TD passes, but much of that offense came while he was trying to rally the Saints. It was actually another uneven performance away from the Superdome for the star quarterback, who was coming off a 465-yard game last week against Carolina.

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Saints vs Chiefs NFL Week Seven Inactives

Saints: RB/KR Marcus Murphy, CB Delvin Breaux, CB Sterling Moore, LB Stephone Anthony, LB Dannell Ellerbe, OL Andrus Peat, RB Daniel Lasco

Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, OL Jordan Devey, CB Phillip Gaines, CB Terrance Mitchell, LB Sio Moore, TE Ross Travis, OL Bryan Witzmann

Saints at Chiefs NFL Week Seven Inactives

Saints: RB/KR Marcus Murphy, CB Delvin Breaux, CB Sterling Moore, LB Stephone Anthony, LB Dannell Ellerbe, OL Andrus Peat, RB Daniel Lasco

Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, OL Jordan Devey, CB Phillip Gaines, CB Terrance Mitchell, LB Sio Moore, TE Ross Travis, OL Bryan Witzmann

Saints at Chiefs NFL Week Seven Capsule

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-3) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-2)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  SAINTS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER Tied 5-5  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Sean Payton: 1-4 Andy Reid: 3-3
LAST WEEK W 41-38 vs. Carolina W 26-10 at Oakland
LAST GAME 9/23/12: Chiefs 27 at Saints 24. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles rushes for 233 yards & TD. Chiefs LB Justin Houston records 3 sacks & safety.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/08: Saints 30, Chiefs 20. New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 266 yards & TD. Saints RBs Pierre Thomas & Deuce McAllister combine for 106 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (NO), 84 (KC). XM: 383 (NO), 230 (KC).

STATS

PASSING Drew Brees: 150-225-1734-14 (T3L)-4-103.1 Alex Smith: 128-190-1297-5-2-91.1
RUSHING Mark Ingram: 70-272-3.9-1 Spencer Ware: 78-415-5.3-2
RECEIVING Michael Thomas (R): 26-307-11.8-3 Travis Kelce (TE): 25-252-10.1-2
OFFENSE 413.4 (2L) 352.0
TAKE/GIVE +2 +5
DEFENSE 419.4 353.2
SACKS Nick Fairley: 3.5 Dee Ford: 3.5
INTs Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb: 1 Marcus Peters: 5 (1L)
PUNTING Thomas Morstead: 51.4 (1L) Dustin Colquitt: 43.0
KICKING Wil Lutz (R): 39 (18/18 PATs; 7/11 FGs) Cairo Santos: 37 (10/11 PATs; 9/11 FGs)

NOTES

SAINTS: QB DREW BREES passed for 465 yards & 4 TDs last week. Performance marked 15th career 400-yard game, most in NFL history. Passed for 240 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting…RB MARK INGRAM is averaging 109 scrimmage yards per game in past 6 vs. AFC…WR BRANDIN COOKS had 7 receptions for 173 yards, incl. 87-yard TD in Week 6. Rookie WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 78 rec. yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD. TE COBY FLEENER had 6 receptions for 74 yards with TD catch & added 1st career rush TD in Week 6…DE KASIM EDEBALI had sack in Week 6. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON has 11+ tackles in 4 of past 5. CB STERLING MOORE had INT last week…CHIEFS: Aim for 9th consecutive win at home…QB ALEX SMITH passed for 299 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs for 103.2 rating & had rush TD in last start vs. NO (1/14/12 Div. with SF)…RB SPENCER WARE has 358 scrimmage yards (119.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home. Ranks 3rd in NFL averaging 129.2 scrimmage yards per game, incl. 163 yards (131 rush, 32 rec.) last week. RB JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for 233 yards with TD (91 yards) & had career-high 288 scrimmage yards in last meeting. Averages 5.45 yards per carry, highest in NFL history (min. 1,000 att.). Has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 vs. NFC. Ware, Charles & DT DONTARI POE each had rush TD last week at Oak…WR JEREMY MACLIN has TD catch in 3 of past 4 games at home. TE TRAVIS KELCE has 12 catches for 163 yards (81.5 per game) & TD in past 2 at home…CB MARCUS PETERS has 10 INTs (1 TD) in past 12, incl. playoffs. Has 3 INTs in past 4 at home. Since entering in 2015, has 13 INTs, most in NFL. LB DERRICK JOHNSON leads team with 40 tackles. Had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has 25 tackles & 55-yard INT-TD in past 3 games at home. LB DEE FORD had 2 sacks & FF last week.

Drew Brees Throws for 465 Yards; Saints Top Panthers 41-38

Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees passed for 465 yards and four touchdowns, Will Lutz kicked a 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds left, and the Saints pulled out a 41-38 victory over the Panthers on Sunday.

With his 15th 400-yard game, Brees broke a tie with Peyton Manning for the most all time in the regular season.

Brees also led the Saints (2-3) to a second straight victory while Carolina lost its fourth straight despite the return of quarterback Cam Newton, who missed last week’s loss to Tampa Bay because of a concussion.

Newton passed for 322 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 2-yard score that tied the game at 38 with 2:58 left and completed a comeback from an early 21-0 deficit.

However, he was also intercepted by Sterling Moore in the back of the end zone, stalling a promising drive in the first half — a turnover that came back to haunt the defending NFC champions.

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