Redskins collapse in New Orleans; Saints steal 34-31 win in OT

Rachel Hardy
November 20, 2017

Wil Lutz kicked a 28-yard field in overtime, climaxing a furious fourth-quarter rally from a 15-point deficit with 5:58 remaining, to lift New Orleans to its eighth consecutive victory.

Washington (4-6) got the ball first in overtime but the Saints shut the Redskins down thanks to a sack by Cameron Jordan and two incomplete passes by Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Each team then scored another touchdown; the Saints quickly on a couple of deep passes from Brees and the Redskins with the help of a big pass from Cousins to tight end Vernon Davis for 26 yards. Kamara would convert the two-point conversion, sending the game to overtime.

"Nobody panicked, " said Ingram, who accounted for 155 yards from scrimmage, including 134 on the ground and one touchdown. Kamara gained 42 yards on eight carries and had 75 yards receiving on six catches. The Vikings, who entered the game with the league's fifth-best defense in terms of yards and points allowed, held Los Angeles (7-3) to 261 total yards, an average of 4.7 per play, and a season low in points. From there, Saints running back Mark Ingram rattled off consecutive runs of 20 and 31 yards, putting the ball in chipshot range at the Redskins' 10-yard line. In 48 seconds, the Saints moved 87 yards on just four plays.

This one won't be forgotten for a long time.

Clowney was a menace throughout, but his fourth-down gap-stuffing on Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson midway through the fourth quarter resulted in a turnover on downs.

Rookie running back Samaje Perine, the new feature back in the absence of Robert Kelley, carried the ball 23 times for 117 yards, and his first career touchdown on the ground.

His counterpart, Kirk Cousins threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns. It was its mistakes and bad decisions late that brought on the loss after Washington led the game up until the last few minutes of the contest. The Browns (0-10) harassed Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles throughout and the game, and the Jaguars (7-3) did the same to Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer. Defensive end Alex Okafor left in the fourth quarter, favoring his left leg. Saints kicker Will Lutz made a 28-yard field goal on the ensuing play to complete the unlikely comeback for New Orleans, and the terrible collapse for the Redskins. Tight end Coby Fleener also came up huge, among others, on those drives.

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After the Chiefs failed to convert on the Giants' turnover, NY defensive tackle Damon Harrison picked off Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith's shovel pass intended for tight end Travis Kelce at the Chiefs' 26-yard line. They've been a banged-up one all season, but this time it's the mental wounds that will be toughest to heal.

It would be hard to complain about the Washington Redskins defense early in the game. Then again, the Saints' confidence was understandable; they haven't lost in more than two months.

"We're just finding different ways to win", said Brees, who finished 29-of-41 for 385 yards.

A go-ahead, 52-yard field goal by kicker Matt Prater with 1:35 remaining proved to be the difference for the Lions.

Eventually, now inside the Redskins own 10-yard-line, a short run by the rookie set up an easy lob off play-action from Cousins to rookie tight end Jeremy Sprinkle for another touchdown. Tampa Bay's Adarius Glanton recovered a fumble on the handoff in the end zone for the final margin.

In winning their previous seven games, the Saints had won by an average of almost 20 points.

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