8:30 PM ET, September 9, 2010
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Saints' D frustrates Brett Favre as Vikings fall in NFC title rematch
NEW ORLEANS -- For football fans in the Big Easy, "Lombardi Gras" just keeps on rolling.Drew Brees and the Saints extended New Orleans' post-Super Bowl euphoria for at least another week and denied Brett Favre a victory in the Louisiana Superdome one more time.
What A Rush
Brett Favre's performance Thursday drastically changed depending on the number of Saints pass rushers.
|4 rushers or fewer||5 rushers or more|
|Yards per att.||7.6||5.0|
The defending Super Bowl champion has played host to the last seven Thursday night openers and won them all. ... The previous lowest-scoring Saints victory under Payton was his debut as a head coach in the 2006 regular season, a 19-14 win at Cleveland. ... Brees, who completed 75 percent of his passes without an interception, had a quarterback rating of 101.3, the 30th time in 64 regular season games with the Saints that is rating was above 100. ... Favre was 15 of 27 (56 percent) with one interception for a passer rating of 71.7. ... Favre needs two more TDs passing to become the first NFL quarterback with 500. ... Shiancoe finished with four catches for 76 yards, all in the first half. ... Thomas rushed for all but 1 of his yards in the second half.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.0||5.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-1||1-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||13:04||Devery Henderson 29 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 77 yds, 2:04
|FG||5:32||Ryan Longwell 41 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 16 plays, 66 yds, 9:25
|TD||0:40||Visanthe Shiancoe 20 Yard Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick is No Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 64 yds, 0:45
|TD||6:17||Pierre Thomas 1 Yard Run (Garrett Hartley Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 74 yds, 6:43
Brett Favre has built a Hall of Fame career around making improbable plays, throwing off his back foot and employing every tool in his arsenal to generally stress out the opposing defense. Favre toned down the gunslinger mentality Thursday night, but it proved to be too little, too late.[+]
Brett Favre By Throwing Position - Thursday vs Saints
The Vikings struggled to move the chains with their passing game ¿ Brett Favre went 4-10 for 64 yards and three first downs on third down.
The Saints opened the season with a bang by calling 94 percent pass plays in the first quarter (15 passes, 1 sack, 1 rush). Brees completed 12-of-15 and averaged 9.2 yards per attempt in the opening frame, including a 29-yard strike to Devery Henderson.[+]
Drew Brees on Passes of 15+ Yards Downfield - Thursday vs Vikings
Brett Favre sorely missed Sidney Rice on Thursday night. Vikings wide receivers Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo, Percy Harvin and Greg Lewis only combined for four catches on 12 targets and just two first downs. Harvin was especially disappointing, catching just one of five passes thrown his way (including a dropped pass).[+]
Vikings Receivers - Thursday vs Saints
Last season Brett Favre had a 96.9 passer rating and just one interception when opposing teams rushed five or more players. When the Saints rushed five or more on Thursday, Favre only completed 23 percent of his passes, including an 0-for-6 stretch after the Saints went up 14-9.[+]
Brett Favre by Number of Pass Rushers - Thursday vs Saints
After being one of the most effective play-action passers in 2009 (10 TD, 0 Int, 71 comp pct), Brett Favre and the Vikings did not throw a single play-action pass in the opener against the Saints. There was one play-action play, but it ended up being a sack.
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