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Saints vs. Patriots 2013 Score Recap: New England Leads 17-7 After First Half

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The New Orleans Saints trail the New England Patriots by a score of 17-7 after the first half of play in Gillette Stadium.

Elsa

It certainly hasn't been their best half of football for the New Orleans Saints, who currently trail the New England Patriots by a score of 17-7 in Gillette Stadium.

The defense has been playing decent, sacking Tom Brady 5 times, but getting worn out by the Patriots no-huddle offense and allowing two rushing touchdowns by Stevan Ridley.

On offense, the Saints have sputtered. Jimmy Graham has been completely neutralized by Aqib Talib and Marques Colston has been non-existent. Both have been held without a catch.

The Saints will start the second half with the ball.

Team Stats

NO NE
First Downs 6 18
Total Yards 130 232
Passing Yards 111 135
Rushing Yards 19 97
Penalties (Yds) 5(31) 1(5)
Turnovers 0 0
Punts (AVG) 4(46) 2(48)
Time of Pos. 11:16 18:40

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
D. Brees 9/19 111 1 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
D. Sproles 4 11 0 6
P. Thomas 2 8 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Sproles 4 31 0 14
P. Thomas 1 29 0 29
B. Watson 1 25 0 25
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
T. Brady 16/22 163 0 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
S. Ridley 11 61 2 19
T. Brady 2 16 0 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Dobson 5 57 0 20
M. Hoomanawanui 3 53 0 19
J. Edelman 3 27 0 15