Saints Go Marching Out; Patriots Earn Last Second Victory

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I’m speechless…and if you didn’t have a title to help you figure out what happened, you would probably think having no words implies your team lost. Well I’m speechless because I just saw our New England Patriots come back to win against the New Orleans Saints, in Foxboro!

The Pats have bored us many times in previous games. But they kept us entertained right from the start. New England started off with the ball and Tom Brady lead them down the field. However, all they could get was a 35 yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski. After New Orleans went 3 and out, the ensuing punt nearly resulted in a touchdown for the Saints when Julian Edelman tried to lateral it back to Aqib Talib (who was about 15 yards back). Thankfully, Talib recovered. Near the end of the first quarter, the Saints got a touchdown from rookie running back Travaris Cadet (interesting name). However, the Patriots responded well. With some great plays featuring catches from Aaron Dobson, New England got a touchdown from Stevan Ridley, who made his return to lineup after missing some time. The Pats generated another great drive that culminated in guess what? Yup, that’s right! Another rushing touchdown from Ridley! After that, there were pretty good possessions from both sides but both defensives stepped up tremendously. I was satisfied with the 17-7 halftime lead.

To open up the 2nd half, New Orleans got the ball and it did not take them long to put up a score. Just a few minutes in, the Saints’ Garrett Hartley tacked on a 28 yard field goal, cutting the lead to 17-10. Another strong Saints’ possession resulted in another score. This time, a touchdown. Khiry Robinson rushed his way into the endzone. Suddenly, the Saints had tied the game up, and Talib left the game with an injury. But, I still wasn’t panicking. The Patriots responded with a pretty nice drive, but this time, Danny Amendola left the game with a head injury after getting tackled hard. New England still, was able to get points from Gostkowski, this time from 54 yards out.

Now I was a bit worried because Amendola was not present on offense and Edelman was limping. Not to mention, Brady also got sacked numerous times due to a terrible offensive line. On the defensive side, no Talib, Vince Wilfork, and Tommy Kelly along with miscues from Alfonzo Dennard allowed the Saints to just cruise into Pats territory. Luckily, Kyle Arrington picked off Drew Brees deep inside New Orleans territory. But the Patriots could get nothing but a 23 yard field goal from Gostkowski. On the next Saints drive, I thought the Pats had them at 3rd and 20. But Brees surprised us all by throwing a touchdown pass that eluded Dennard’s hand right to Kenny Stills. There was only 3:30 left but the Pats only needed a field goal. When it came to 4th and 6, Brady has to throw it to someone clutch right? Well, he decided to throw it to Dobson..or shall I say Dropson? The Saints took over and got a 39 yard field goal from Hartley. Down 27-23, fans made their way to the exits. But, I still had some faith. That was until Brady threw an interception.

Now I thought it was essentially over. But with some clock management and great defensive play calls, the Pats got the ball back with under 2 minutes to go. But this was their last chance. And wouldn’t ya know it, Brady was driving them down the field! Dobson, Edelman, and newly signed receiver Austin Collie got New England inside New Orleans’ redzone. And then…the perfect ending. Brady found Kenbrell Thompkins, who was quiet all day, for the 17 yard touchdown pass with 5 seconds left! After Gostkowski’s extra point, they would hold on!

Your final score: New England 30, New Orleans 27! Next week, The 5-1 Patriots (who gave the Saints their first season loss) will drive down to my state, the Great Garden State of New Jersey, to take on the New York Jets. Hopefully I can score tickets. Take care and let’s go Patriots!

Raj Vaidya

About Raj Vaidya

Computer Science major at Rutgers University. I am a die-hard Patriots fan living in the Princeton, NJ area and have been writing for Foxboro Blog since 2012.