Saints take 31-17 lead over Patriots
On the first play after the
Brees was 14 of 16 for 311 yards. Brady was 20 of 23 for 233 yards and one touchdown.
It was the second time in three weeks that the
New England, the only team to go 16-0 in NFL history, was trying to stop the
New England appeared to be in big trouble when
Brady then went 4 for 5 on an 81-yard touchdown drive, including a 49-yard pass to Moss to the New Orleans 2. Maroney scored untouched on the next play.
Brady became the
Brees’ scoring passes of 18 yards to
The second quarter was all
New Orleans forced a punt, and on the next play, Henderson took advantage of a busted coverage for an easy 75-yard touchdown, the longest play from scrimmage this season for the
Wilhite blitzed, and no one picked up Henderson, who caught the ball at the 50 with a wide-open path to the end zone.
After New England cut its deficit to 17-10 on a 36-yard field goal by
Gostkowski missed a 50-yard field goal with 13 seconds left.
Maroney’s fourth-down touchdown run gave the
Maroney capped a more than 7-minute drive with a 4-yard run as coach Bill Belichick went for it on another fourth down.
Brady had 33 yards passing on the drive. Brady finished the half 12 for 21 for 124 yards.
New England missed a chance to extend its lead after