Saints Take Down Texans 34-27

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 25: Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints jumps over Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints came away with a home victory tonight as they defeated the Houston Texans 34-27 in a surprisingly high-scoring affair.

After a shaky start and falling behind early by 14 points, the Saints turned it up a notch on both offense and defense, giving us a glimpse of that regular season swagger we know so well. Drew Brees looked sharp, Jimmy Graham returned to form and Cameron Jordan showed flashes of brilliance.

Not much to report on the injury front, unlike last week's game vs. the Jaguars, which is always great news. Roster cut downs probably happen tomorrow for the Saints, who need to get their team total down to 75 players by Monday. More analysis on the game tomorrow.

Click the picture for more from tonight's game. Make the jump for full stats. Keep it here for all post-game chatter.

Team Stats

Total First Downs 20 Total First Downs 27
By Rushing 5 By Rushing 8
By Passing 13 By Passing 16
By Penalty By Penalty
Third Down Efficiency 1/9 - 11% Third Down Efficiency 7/15 - 46%
Fourth Down Efficiency 0/1 - 0% Fourth Down Efficiency 0/1 - 0%
Total Net Yards 309 Total Net Yards 412
Total Rushing/Passing Plays (includes Sacks) 57 Total Rushing/Passing Plays (includes Sacks) 76
Average Gain per Offensive Play 5.4 Average Gain per Offensive Play 5.4
Net Yards Rushing 83 Net Yards Rushing 151
Total Rushing Plays 22 Total Rushing Plays 31
Average Gain per Rushing Play 3.8 Average Gain per Rushing Play 4.9
Tackled for a Loss (Number-Yards) 3--10 Tackled for a Loss (Number-Yards) 1--2
Net Yards Passing 226 Net Yards Passing 261
Times Sacked (Number-Yards) 6 - 40 Times Sacked (Number-Yards) 1 - 8
Gross Yards Passing 266 Gross Yards Passing 269
Pass Comp-Att-Int 21 - 29 - 0 Pass Comp-Att-Int 29 - 44 - 0
Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks) 6.5 Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks) 5.8
Kickoffs (Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks) 6 - 3 - 0 Kickoffs (Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks) 7 - 5 - 4
Punts (Number-Average) 4 - 45.0 Punts (Number-Average) 3 - 34.7
Blocked 0 Blocked 0
Net Punting Average 38.0 Net Punting Average 34.0
FGs Blocked - PATs Blocked 0 - 0 FGs Blocked - PATs Blocked 0 - 0
Total Return Yardage (excludes Kickoffs) 2 Total Return Yardage (excludes Kickoffs) 8
Punt Returns (Number-Yards) 1 - 2 Punt Returns (Number-Yards) 1 - 8
Kickoff Returns (Number-Yards) 3 - 95 Kickoff Returns (Number-Yards) 6 - 144
Interception Returns (Number-Yards) 0 - 0 Interception Returns (Number-Yards) 0 - 0
Penalties (Number-Yards) 5 - 74 Penalties (Number-Yards) 8 - 57
Fumbles (Number-Lost) 5 - 3 Fumbles (Number-Lost) 2 - 2
Touchdowns 3 Touchdowns 4
Rushing 2 Rushing 0
Passing 1 Passing 3
Interceptions 0 Interceptions 0
Kickoff Returns 0 Kickoff Returns 0
Fumble Returns 0 Fumble Returns 1
Punt Returns 0 Punt Returns 0
Extra Points (Made-Attempted) 3 - 3 Extra Points (Made-Attempted) 4 - 4
Kicking (Made-Attempted) 3 - 3 Kicking (Made-Attempted) 4 - 4
Two Point Conversions (Made-Attempted) 0 - 0 Two Point Conversions (Made-Attempted) 0 - 0
Field Goals (Made-Attempted) 2 - 2 Field Goals (Made-Attempted) 2 - 3
Red Zone Efficiency 3/4 - 75% Red Zone Efficiency 2/4 - 50%
Goal To Go Efficiency 2/2 - 100% Goal To Go Efficiency 1/2 - 50%
Safeties 0 Safeties 0
Final Score 27 Final Score 34
Time of Possession 28:48 Time of Possession 31:12

Team Leaders

HOUSTON TEXANS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
M. Schaub 15 18 194 1
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
A. Foster 8 32 4 1
J. Grimes 4 22 5.5 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
G. Graham 4 97 24.2 0
A. Johnson 2 30 15 0
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
D. Brees 17 25 179 2
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
C. Ivory 8 57 7.1 0
J. Banyard 7 25 3.6 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Graham 3 48 16 1
L. Moore 3 38 12.7 1
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