Saints 6 @ Patriots 7: Who Dat Say!?!

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In a game that saw both teams go to their benches early on, the New Orleans Saints dropped a defensive slowdown to the New England Patriots 7-6 last night.

Make the jump for your postgame coverage...

ESPN GameHQ: New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots | ESPN.com
NFL Football Recap - includes stats, play-by-play, drive charts, photos, and video highlights.

NFL Game Center: New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots | nfl.com
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots NFL Game Center - includes recap, stats, official gamebook, video highlights.

New Orleans Saints Fall to New England Patriots, 7-6 | neworleanssaints.com
Saints drop to 1-1 in the 2012 preseason.

New Orleans Saints fall to the New England Patriots 7-6 | NOLA.com
Kevin Spain - Preseason game a real snoozer.

New Orleans Saints fall 7-6 to New England Patriots in ugly preseason loss | wwltv.com
Bradley Handwerger - On a night when the two best offenses in the NFL in 2011 faced off in the preseason, it was the defenses that created the storylines on a warm, muggy New England evening.

Patriots Edge Saints in Defensive Exhibtion Contest | sportsnola.com
Backup Brian Hoyer threw for a touchdown and the New England Patriots won their preseason opener, 7-6, over the New Orleans Saints.

Saints Postgame Notes | neworleanssaints.com
Postgame notes following the Saints game against the New England Patriots

Photo Gallery - Saints @ Patriots | NOLA.com
The Saints face off against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a preseason game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

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From the Saints Sideline

New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton dims fears over loss of his suspended predecessor | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Free-agent pickup has been impressive.

New Orleans Saints' defense plays well in 7-6 loss to New England | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Unit sets the tone for the team; looks much improved from 2011.

New Orleans Saints defense is giving fans reason for optimism this preseason | NOLA.com
Jeff Duncan - Unit puts together second straight solid outing.

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Akiem Hicks showing early promise | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Hicks' hit on Patriots QB Ryan Mallett forces an interception.

New Orleans Saints might have found gem in Akiem Hicks | wwltv.com
Bradley Handwerger - On Wednesday, New Orleans Saints acting head coach Joe Vitt proclaimed that his team got everything out of joint practices with the New England Patriots he was looking for.

Special teamer Courtney Roby making plays on offense for the New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Roby led all Saints receivers vs. New England.

Not much to Drew Brees-Tom Brady showdown in New Orleans Saints' loss to Patriots | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Drew Brees only completed one pass in two series.

New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson not so special on special teams | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Wilson penalized twice to extend New England drives.

Quick Take: Saints, Patriots Play Sleepy Preseason Affair | sportsnola.com
Ken Trahan

Observation deck: Saints-Patriots - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Do not be discouraged that the New Orleans Saints scored only three points in the first half of Thursday night’s 7-6 preseason loss at New England. Includes video.

Saints Drop 2nd Preseason Game to Patriots 7-6 | thesaintsnation.com
Andrew Juge - Preseason games tend to be painful to watch and this was certainly no exception.

Transcript: Saints-Patriots Postgame Quotes | neworleanssaints.com
Saints and Patriots recap Thursday night's game.

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Patriots Post

Analysis/reaction: Saints-Patriots | patriots.com
Eric Scalavino - The final score would be more appropriate for a baseball game, but considering this was only the first preseason game, it was to be expected.

New-look secondary shows signs of improvement | patriots.com
Darren Hartwell - It wasn't perfect, but New England's defensive backs got off to a good start in 2012 by keeping the Saints out of the endzone in Thursday's preseason opener.

Jones makes quite a first impressions for Patriots | The Boston Globe
Greg Bedard - First-round pick Chandler Jones five quarterback pressures and two stuffed runs in his debut.

Extra Points - New England Patriots News and Analysis | Boston.com
Greg Bedard - Some parting thoughts as we wrap things up from Gillette Stadium

Hoyer emerges with mixed self-evaluation - Extra Points | Boston.com
Alex Prewitt - Brian Hoyer helped orchestrate a 93-yard touchdown drive that opened up the second half and ultimately gave the Patriots a 7-6 win in their exhibition debut Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, but New England's backup quarterback came away with a mixed self-evaluation.

Given the chance, Vereen steps up - Extra Points | Boston.com
Gary Dzen - Patriots running back Shane Vereen made the most of his carries in the third quarter vs. the Saints.

Belichick on Patriots-Saints: A good week - Extra Points | Boston.com
Gary Dzen - Patriots coach Bill Belichick said it was a good week after his team's first exhibition game, a 7-6 win over the New Orleans Saints.

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