Saints win a thriller in overtime against Redskins


The Redskins' defense collapsed during the final six minutes of regulation and overtime in the 34-31 loss on Sunday.

That type of magic - either of the Greek or Yat persuasion - is all happening.

With the number of mistakes the Saints made, it must be said: They were fortunate to win here. "But we just realize we can win anywhere, anytime, no matter the circumstance".

BC-FBN-Redskins-Costly Collapse, 551Redskins under mounting pressure after costly collapseAP Photo LALAF103, LAGH145, LAGH105, LAGH132(Eds: With AP Photos.)The foundation of a playoff push appeared firmly in place for the Washington Redskins when they celebrated a touchdown giving them a 15-point lead in New Orleans with less than six minutes left. "They came back and beat us fair and square". And that is not mythology.

Brees' 3-yard toss to tight end Josh Hill made it 31-23 with 2:53 left, and his 18-yard pass to running back Alvin Kamara, which the rookie bobbled before finally clutching it to his chest, drew the Saints within 31-29 with 65 seconds left. Ingram also caught three passes for 21 yards receiving.

On those two drives, Brees was 11 of 11 for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Not bad for a 38-year-old quarterback said to be "missing some throws that he used to make" for a "slight decline in his performance", according to a national writer last week. He handled the Saints defense well right throughout the game.

Cases in point - the end of Sunday's game.

Kamara converted the tying two-point conversion by taking a pitch around left end. But the pass rush forced Cousins into an intentional grounding on the next play for 10 yards back to the 44 with nine seconds left.

Cousins showed plenty of toughness after he was hit hard on a third-down scramble by safety Vonn Bell midway through the third quarter.

Aldrick Rosas delivered the game-winning 23-yard field goal to give NY the overtime victory over Kansas City (6-4). You just go one week at a time.

Ingram was a monster once again the Saints. Then he popped around left end for 31 to the 10-yard line to set up the field goal. Kamara gained 42 yards n eight carries and caught six passes for 74 yards with the touchdown. "We haven't encountered a game like this in a while".

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"Nobody panicked when we were down", Ingram said.

With the Redskins leading 17-13 in the third quarter, Ryan Grant caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins.

Washington must prepare on a short week for a critical Thanksgiving game against a division rival in the New York Giants. An all-out blitz almost sacked Cousins, but he let it fly to wide receiver Ryan Grant, who was so open near the Saints' goal line he looked like he was deep for a punt.

When the Saints needed him most, Brees was simply ideal, completing 11-of-11 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Washington's offense couldn't get a first down, even as it faced a 3rd-and-1 situation. Thompson hurt his knee on the play and left the game for good. Even with a big game next week looming against the Los Angeles Rams, the Saints have proven to this point that they're a legitimate threat to go the distance. But the Redskins followed with a 75-yard drive in six plays to take the 31-16 lead at 5:58 on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, who was almost as open as Grant.

Wasting no time, head coach Sean Payton sent in Lutz to kick the 28-yard game-winner.

He sensed the energy was off after the Saints scored their first touchdown to make it a one-possession game, and the team couldn't regain control from that point.

Almost in field goal range, Cousins was called for intentional grounding, then was sacked for a 9-yard loss to end the fourth quarter. "Any time fans are leaving, you gotta win the game". "It wasn't quite close enough for a field goal, so I was trying to get (wide receiver Jamison Crowder's) attention and hand-signal a bubble screen out there and get out of bounds and get another play called". "But if this leads to a playoff run, or if this leads to a Super Bowl, then we'll discuss it". We came out in a hostile environment against a team that has won seven in a row.

"Did you feel the momentum?"

"I'd say that with a game like this, we're going to grow and become stronger from", Brees said. He knows. There were days like this in 2009 and '11. You've gotta find a way to win.

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