Saints Down Seahawks, 33-27
The New Orleans Saints used the help of their defense and special teams to capture a big road win on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Seattle, Washington.
Playing their first full game without quarterback Drew Brees, who suffered a thumb injury last week, New Orleans scored a defensive touchdown, while also scoring a touchdown on special team, to help them defeat the Seattle Seahawks, 33-27, at CenturyLink Field.
New Orleans got on the scoreboard first, at the 12:06 mark of the first quarter, when rookie Deonta Harris returned punt back 53 yards for a touchdown, to give them a quick 7-0 lead.
Harris' score was the first punt return touchdown for the Saints in four years, and the first in the NFL this season.
Seattle scored their first points at the 2:24 mark of the second quarter, when Russell Wilson tossed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett, capping off a 6-play, 64-yard drive, to tie the game, 7-7.
The score stayed that way until the 7:05 mark of the second quarter when Vonn Bell returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown.
After Wil Lutz missed the PAT, the Saints held a 13-7 advantage.
New Orleans widened their lead with only :33 remaining the second quarter, when Teddy Bridgewater, filling in for Brees, threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Alvin Kamara, ending a 7-play, 58-yard drive, to make it 20-7, a lead they would take with them into the locker room at halftime.
Seattle outgained New Orleans, in terms of total yards, in the first half, 245-115, including a 155-87 advantage through the air, as well as a 90-28 edge on the ground.
The Saints held the 13-point halftime lead, however, thanks to one special teams touchdown, and another one on defense.
Just as they did in the first half, New Orleans scored the first points of the second half as well, when Bridgewater threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas, culminating a 12-play, 75-yard drive, to extend their lead to 27-7 with 7:44 to go in the third quarter.
The drive was kept alive after Seattle was flagged for an illegal formation penalty, which was called on a missed field goal by Lutz.
The Seahawks had a chance to get back in it after Harris muffed a punt, which was recovered by Seattle in New Orleans territory.
Seattle came away empty-handed, however, as the New Orleans defense held, forcing a turnover on downs, and the Saints took a 27-7 lead into the final quarter of play.
The Seahawks cut into the deficit at the 11:58 mark of the fourth quarter, when Wilson scored on a 2-yard touchdown run, capping off a 10-play, 78-yard drive, to make it 27-14.
The Saints put the game completely with 4:22 left, when Kamara wrapped-up an 8-play, 28-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge, to make it 33-14.
Seattle scored the final two touchdowns of the game to make it more respectable, one at the 2:48 mark of the final quarter when Wilson scored his second rushing touchdown, and third overall of the game, when he ran in a score from 8 yards out, concluding a 9-play, 75-yard drive, to close the gap to 33-21, before throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Will Dissly on the final play of the game to make it 33-27.
It was too little, too late, however, as the Saints held on for the big 6-point triumph.
Seattle ended up outgaining New Orleans, in terms of total yards, 515-265, including a 406-177 advantage in passing yards, as well as a 109-88 edge on the ground.
The Saints were led by Bridgewater, who completed 19-of-27 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, while Kamara contributed a running touchdown and a receiving touchdown.
In a losing cause for the Seahawks, Wilson threw for 406 yards and two scores, while also rushing for two touchdowns.
With the victory, New Orleans improved to 2-1 on the young season, while Seattle fell to 2-1.
The Saints return to action next Sunday night when they host the Dallas Cowboys.