Saints Win Thriller Against Texans
After Will Lutz made a 55-yard field goal for the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans had a 27-21 over the Houston Texans with 50 seconds remaining in regulation.
Houston got the ball back. Deshaun Watson made a couple of big pass plays, including a 37-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills with 37 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 27. Ka’imi Fairbairn missed the extra point, but roughing the kicker was called against New Orleans. Fairbairn made the extra point on the next attempt and the Texans led 28-27 momentarily.
On 2nd-and-10 on the Houston 49-yard line with six seconds remaining after Drew Brees spiked the ball, he threw a 9-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. in the middle of the field. They called a timeout with two seconds remaining. After that, Will Lutz made the game-winning 58-yard field goal as time expired to lift New Orleans to a 30-28 victory over the Houston Texans.
With no score in the game in the second-quarter, Deshaun Watson scored on a 21-yard rushing touchdown on a read option on a fourth down play.
Carlos Hyde was the starting running back in this game and he ran well. Hyde rushed for 83 yards on 10 carries. He also caught one pass for two yards receiving.
Watson threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins later in the second-quarter. Hopkins caught eight passes for 111 yards receiving and two touchdowns. DeShaun Watson completed 20-of-30 for 268 yards three touchdowns and one interceptions. He also rushed for 40 yards on four carries and a score.
The Saints offense woke up in the second-half. Latavius Murray scored on a 30-yard rushing touchdown. He rushed for 43 yards on six carries and a score. Murray caught two passes for four yards receiving.
Alvin Kamara was New Orleans’s leading rusher with 97 yards on 13 carries. He also caught seven passes for 72 yards receiving.
Deshaun Watson threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins on the next drive for the Houston Texans.
On the New Orleans Saints next drive, Drew Brees threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Taysom Hill. Hill is the backup quarterback on this roster. That was his only reception in the game. He also rushed for eight yards on two carries.
On Houston’s next drive, Deshaun Watson was picked off by Marcus Williams. DeAndre Hopkins body slammed him into the ground and he was penalized for unnecessary roughness. Tempers started to flare after that.
New Orleans would make them pay as Brees threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith in the fourth-quarter. Smith finished with two receptions for 26 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Michael Thomas was the team’s leading receiver with seven receptions for 123 yards receiving. Ted Ginn Jr. caught seven passes for 101 yards receiving. Jared Cook caught two passes for 37 yards receiving in his team debut.
Drew Brees completed 32-of-43 passes for 370 yards two touchdowns and one interception. It seemed as if he was on the decline in the first-half, but Brees was a completely different quarterback in the second-half.
The rest was history.
The Houston Texans (0-1) will host the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) on Sunday. The New Orleans Saints (1-0) will go on the road and look for revenge from last year’s NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams (1-0) on Sunday.