4:05 PM ET, September 27, 2009
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Saints stymie Bills' offense, shut down T.O. as big 4th quarter the difference
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Turns out Drew Brees doesn't have to throw a touchdown pass -- or put up 45 points -- to secure a victoryThe New Orleans Saints' overlooked defense proved pretty stout.
• Terrell Owens' streak of 185 games with a reception, the third-longest in NFL history, came to an end.
• The Saints improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006.
• Pierre Thomas, who had zero carries in 2009 entering Sunday, rushed 14 times for a career-high 126 yards and two TDs.
• The Bills scored a season-low seven points and lost their third straight game to the Saints.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Thomas also scored on a 19-yard run, Lynell Hamilton scored on a 1-yard plunge on the Saints' opening drive. ... Bills DE Aaron Schobel got his 70th career sack.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.5||4.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||0-0|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||10:07||Lynell Hamilton 1 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 82 yds, 4:56
|TD||14:56||Ryan Denney 25 Yard Pass From Brian Moorman (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yds, 3:26
|FG||4:20||John Carney 27 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 5 plays, 23 yds, 1:55
|TD||9:55||Pierre Thomas 34 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 66 yds, 1:15
|FG||3:25||John Carney 35 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 49 yds, 4:01
|TD||2:10||Pierre Thomas 19 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 25 yds, 0:12