Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) stretches out during warm-ups before the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
It was a tough, defensive game until the end. The Saints first took the lead 3-0 and took that score into halftime. After the half, Brian Hoyer led the Pats to their first touchdown of the game for a 7-3 lead. Garrett Hartley made a 27-yard field goal later in the 4th quarter to make it 7-6 Patriots. That score would stand, moving the Saints to 1-1 on the preseason.
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Curtis Lofton - Lofton was playing with a physical mentality from the beginning. He had a nose for the ball and met runners near the line of scrimmage. He had 6 total tackles and recovered the fumble that Will Smith forced.
Courtney Roby - That might've been the most impressive showing from Roby that I have ever seen. He seemed to be catching everything that was thrown his way and even made some good runs after the catch. Roby led the team in receiving, finishing with 5 catches for 85 yards. That game probably just solidified his spot with the final team.
Garrett Hartley - Fat Punk Kicker made his only attempted field goal. It was from 27-yards out.
Marquis Johnson - What a performance from Johnson. He displayed wonderful open field tackling, something that the Saints have lacked in recent years. Johnson also played with great coverage. He broke up a play or two and also came up with an interception.
The Defense - This was an all around good performance for the defense last night. Yes, they did lose the game, but it was an impressive showing. The starting defense didn't allow a score with Brady slinging and kept the shutout going until the 3rd quarter. Surrendering only 7 points to the Patriots is a great accomplishment.
Jermon Bushrod - Bushrod had a tough time blocking Chandler Jones tonight. Jones bull rushed him often, which gave Bushrod no other choice but to hold to keep him out of the backfield. Bushrod got called for two holding plays in a row.
Chris Ivory - A very disappointing performance from Ivory tonight. On the ground, Ivory only gained 17 yards off of 8 carries. If he doesn't pick it up the next three games, he might just play his way out of the lineup.
John Kasay - John Kasay got the Saints on the board when he booted a 46-yard field goal. In the clutch though, he failed. Kasay missed a 41-yard field goal to take the lead.
The Offense - From the beginning, the Saints offense just couldn't get anything going. The only points they were able to put up were from two field goals. A consistently top 5 offensive team such as this needs to score more than that; I don't care if it is preseason.