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Saints Lose to Patriots 7-6 in Defensive Showdown

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Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; The New England Patriots cheerleaders perform during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; The New England Patriots cheerleaders perform during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The New Orleans Saints fell to the New England Patriots Thursday night at Gillette Stadium by a score of 7-6 in a low-scoring and boring game, even by preseason standards.

Offense was nowhere to be found for the Saints tonight, as they struggled to get a running game going and quarterback play suffered. Add to that a couple of interceptions and some costly penalties and you've got a recipe for epic failure. Courtney Roby was the one bright spot.

Fortunately their defense, which continues to look improved, really stepped it up and kept the Saints in the game. Curtis Lofton was very impressive in limited snaps while Akiem Hicks and Junior Galette made their mark in the pass rushing department. They even got good play from backup cornerbacks Marquis Johnson and Johnny Patrick.

With this win, the Patriots earn home field advantage in the Super Bowl if these two teams should wind up facing each other again in the big game.

Click the picture for all the rest from tonight's game. Make the jump for first half stats. Vote in the poll for player of the game.

Team Stats

NO NE
First Downs 15 20
Total Yards 280 279
Passing Yards 188 153
Rushing Yards 92 126
Penalties (Yds) 10(66) 5(81)
Turnovers 2 2
Punts (AVG) 7(39) 8(46)
Time of Pos. 30:39 29:21

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
C. Daniel 4/6 62 0 1
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
P. Thomas 2 18 0 13
C. Ivory 8 17 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Roby 5 85 0 30
M. Higgins 2 21 0 15
A. Tanner 4 45 0 19
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
T. Brady 4/7 30 0 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
S. Ridley 8 40 0 9
D. Woodhead 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Edelman 4 36 0 23
R. Gronkowski 2 20 0 11
A. Hernandez 1 7 0 7