Life in the NFL can be cruel, especially if you’re the Saints. They overcame a number of defensive injuries and kept the Giants offense out of the endzone. However, it wasn’t enough in a 16-13 loss to New York.
Josh Brown’s 23-yard field goal to end regulation. Handed the Saints their third 0-2 start in as many seasons.
The Saints’ matchup with the Giants brought the drama from the start. Unfortunately, it wasn’t with a barrage of touchdowns like we saw last season, but a brutal injury to New Orleans cornerback P.J. Williams.
The second-year player who missed all of 2015 took a hit to the head when he collided with Giants tight end Larry Donnell in the first quarter. He was down on the field without much motion for a considerable amount of time before being carted off.
But even without Williams, the Saints defense held their own. The Black and Gold forced three turnovers in the second quarter, but failed to capitalize off any of them.
Their first chance to get points on the board was spoiled when Wil Lutz’s field goal attempt was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Janoris Jenkins.
Down 7-0, the Saints finally got on the board just before halftime with a Lutz 39-yard field goal.
The Giants would answer with a field goal of their own in the third quarter to take a 10-3 lead. In fact, it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that we saw the first and only offensive touchdown of the game. Drew Brees connected with Willie Snead for a 17-yard touchdown strike to tie the game up at 10.
The Saints highlight of the day might be the goal line stand they made midway through the fourth quarter. They limited the Giants to a field goal and kept them within striking distance. That’s when Wil Lutz delivered his second make of the day from 45 yards and once again tied the game at 13 each.
The Saints had the Giants right where they wanted them, but after a relatively quiet day, Victor Cruz made the play of the game for New York, catching a 34-yard pass from Eli Manning inside the Saints’ five yard line. Without any timeouts, all the Black and Gold could do was watch New York run out the clock and win it at the end of regulation.
It’s another loss of three points or less for the Saints, who now turn their attention to Atlanta on Monday Night Football next week.
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