After beating the Patriots in convincing fashion on Monday night, the Saints had to fight in their matchup against the Redskins and worked overtime. In a high scoring affair, the Saints won 33-30, and have clinched their division.
From the beginning of the game, there was a feeling that if the Saints were going to win this one, it would be a wild one. The finish of this game was indeed a strange affair.
The Redskins jumped on the Saints and had a 10-0 lead at end of the first quarter. The Saints matched their output and both teams headed tied 17-17 at halftime. At the end of the first half, in one of the weirdest, and flukiest plays of the year, Drew Brees threw a pass that was picked off by Kareem Moore, and on the return, Robert Meachem stole the football from Moore`s hand`s and returned the ball untouched for a Saints touchdown.
Jason Campbell had a strong outing until the fourth quarter where he threw his lone, but costly pick that allowed the Saints to get back in the game. He had 367 yards and 3 touchdowns along with the interception. Devin Thomas caught two touchdown pass and had 100 receiving yards on the day.
Brees continued putting up big numbers on the season as he completed 71% of his passes for 419 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. His first touchdown was a 40-yard pass to Marques Colston in the second quarter.
Meachem, whose fluke-play touchdown counted as a fumble return, added a receiving touchdown as well. Drew Brees connected with him 1:27 left in the fourth quarter- the score that would take the game to overtime. Meachem has scored touchdowns in the last 5 games.
The Redskins won the toss in overtime and decided to receive the ball. They started their drive on their own 23 and moved the ball to their 36. On their next pass play on their 36, Jason Campbell completed a 3-yard pass to Mike Sellers, which was fumbled, recovered by the Saints, but originally ruled down by contact by the officials. Coach Sean Payton challenged the play and won. The Saints would hold on to the ball and Garrett Hartley`s fourth field goal of the day would be the difference.
Changes are abounding in the front office in Washington with the Redskins now at 3-9.
The Saints head to Atlanta next week and will continue to keep their winning ways.