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New Orleans Saints vs Washington Redskins

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On Saturday, November 19th, the New Orleans Saints faced the Washington Redskins in the Mercedes Benz Superdome which is the Saints’ home field. Washington entered the game with a 4-5 record while the Saints held a 7-2 record thanks to a seven game win streak. Under the circumstances of the Redskin’s record, many expected the Saints to march at home to another easy W. However, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins had other ideas in mind.

Both teams showed effective offenses as both sides tacked on 10 points next to their name on the scoreboard. The teams had finished off their first drives with field goals and then answered another with a touchdown. The Redskins advanced with the touchdown first as Kirk Cousins completed a 16 yard pass to Chris Thompson, but the Saints answered the following drive with a 36 yard touchdown run by Mark Ingram. At the end of the first quarter, Saints fans, including myself, were a tad worried that their win streak would be shut down by a losing team.

Those fears were becoming more and more realistic as the teams entered the locker room with the Redskins up 17-13 on the Saints. Samaje Perine, a has been Oklahoma runningback, ran the ball 1 yard into the endzone and get the Redskins up 17-10 over the home team. The only way the Saints could answer was a last second field goal by Will Lutz from 29 yards to lessen the damage by three points. At the end of the half, the favor was barely out of the Saints’ wishes as the Redskins had a 51.2% chance of leaving the Dome with an even record of 5-5.

To begin the third quarter, neither teams could sustain a successful drive as nearly all drives ended in punts. The only drive that had any success in achieving points was a drive that took 5:44 by the Redskins. It took the away team twelve plays to stride 94 yards. The drive ended with a 40 yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Ryan Grant to add onto the Redskins’ lead, making the score 24-13. Entering the fourth quarter, the Saints’ chances were getting slimmer and the continuation of the win streak was looking bleak.

The Saints were the first to put up points in the fourth quarter, courtesy of Will Lutz’s 42 yard field goal, but it wasn’t what the Saints were looking for. To answer, Kirk Cousins threw a seven yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Sprinkle, a past Arkansas Razorback, for the tight end’s first NFL touchdown. Although down 31-16 with a little over five minutes to play, the Saints fought back furociously. The Saints drove 75 yards in only eight plays for a touchdown, changing the score to 31-23 with 2:53 left in regulation. All of a sudden, the Saints’ chances of a comeback are becoming more likely. To support that claim, the Saints forced a three-and-out on the Redskins, causing them to punt the ball with a little over two minutes. The Saints easily scored another touchdown as they only had to drive nineteen yards to make the score 29-31. For the Saints to have a chance win, they had no choice but to attempt a two-point conversion. Alvin Kamara, a player in discussion for Rookie of the Year, completed his task, running it in to tie the score at 31.

 

By the end of regulation, the Saints had a 54.8% to win. Both teams failed to end the game with a touchdown in OT, but on their second drive, the Saints had gotten down into Redskins territory and decided to call 

timeout to avoid the risk of a turnover in attempt to score a touchdown. They used their timeout with 7:28 and decided to use Will Lutz’s success to their advantage. Will Lutz made his 28 yard field goal, closing the game out with another Saints’ victory.

Even with all odds against them, the Saints prevailed and continued their win streak, extending it to eight. The last time the Saints won eight games in a row was their Super Bowl year in 2009.

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