1:00 PM ET, December 6, 2009
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Brees drives Saints 80 yards in :33 to tie; Hartley's OT kick wins it
LANDOVER, Md. -- The New Orleans Saints had no business winning. Two of their biggest plays were unbelievable flukes, bad mistakes that somehow morphed into positive results. Then they needed the other team's kicker to miss a 23-yard field goal just to stay alive, and a freeze-frame replay reversal to get the ball in overtime.
The Colts and Saints are each four games away from finishing the NFL regular season undefeated, the latest in a season the NFL has ever had two teams which haven't lost.
|Week||Colts opp.||Saints opp.|
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The Saints haven't lost a game, and they owe a lot of that to their potent offense. It's one of the best in the first 12 games of any NFL season.
|Season||Team||Points||W-L in span|
• The Saints improved to 12-0, tied a single-season franchise record for wins and clinched the NFC South by erasing a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and winning in overtime.
• Garrett Hartley, who hadn't kicked for the Saints this season, hit four FGs including the game-winner in OT.
• The teams combined for 918 total yards, including 775 passing yards, and 53 first downs.
• Robert Meachem set career highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (142) and had two TDs, extending his streak to five games with a score.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Brees went 35 for 49 for 419 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Meachem caught eight passes for 142 yards. ... Washington's Jason Campbell, frequently picking on first-round draft pick Malcolm Jenkins, completed 30 of 42 passes for a career-high 367 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Thomas had seven catches for a career-high 100 yards and two touchdowns. ... The game-time temperature was 36 degrees. The Saints' previous sub-40 win was Dec. 24, 1995, a 12-0 win over the New York Jets in 33-degree weather at the Meadowlands, according to STATS. ... Redskins injuries: DT Cornelius Griffin (sprained knee), WR Antwaan Randle El (sprained shoulder), DT Kedric Golston (sprained elbow) and DT Albert Haynesworth (sprained ankle).
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.3||6.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-4||3-7|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|TD||8:17||Fred Davis 8 Yard Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 94 yds, 4:40
|FG||2:52||Shaun Suisham 32 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 57 yds, 3:29
|FG||12:18||Garrett Hartley 34 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 50 yds, 5:34
|TD||5:42||Marques Colston 40 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 87 yds, 4:27
|TD||2:25||Devin Thomas 5 Yard Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 3:17
|TD||0:39||Robert Meachem 44 Yard Fumble Return (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, -3 yds, 1:09
|FG||11:09||Shaun Suisham 28 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 64 yds, 4:00
|TD||7:57||Devin Thomas 13 Yard Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 56 yds, 1:34
|FG||2:40||Garrett Hartley 27 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 64 yds, 5:13
|FG||12:55||Shaun Suisham 21 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 4:44
|FG||6:56||Garrett Hartley 28 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yds, 5:59
|TD||1:27||Robert Meachem 53 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yds, 0:33
|FG||8:40||Garrett Hartley 18 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 36 yds, 5:16