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Saints vs. Giants Final Score: Saints Edge Giants 52-49 in Wild Shootout

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The New Orleans Saints were trying to get their season record to .500 against the New York Giants today. They did so in the wildest of fashion, winning 52-49 with Kai Forbath providing the lone field goal of the game to win it as time expired. Here's a quarter by quarter recap of the game.

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1st Quarter

  • The Saints started with the ball, but on 3rd and 5, Brees overthrows a wide open Brandin Cooks
  • .....
  • The Giants then drive from their 40-yard line and end their drive with a touchdown pass on 4th and goal to Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Giants lead 7-0.
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  • The Saints then drive from their 20-yard line
  • Brees throws a beautiful seam pass to tight end Ben Watson for a 27-yard into Giants territory
  • Two plays later, the Saints score on a flea-flicker, Brees hits Snead for six!
  • Game tied at 7
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  • On the ensuing Giants' drive, the Saints defense rises to the challenge and forces the Giants to a 3-and-out.
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  • Saints are pinned down at their 4-yard line, but Brees hits Watson with a 36-yard pass
  • A few plays later, Brees hits Brandin Cooks on a quick slant for a TD
  • Saints lead 14-7
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  • The Giants start their next drive at their 21-yard line and get deep into Saints' territory
  • With the Giants at the Saints' one-yard line, the quarter comes to an end.

2nd Quarter

  • The Giants, aided by a penalty from Brandon Browner, throw another touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Game tied at 14
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  • Saints start their next drive to around their 20-yard line.
  • Brees hits Brandon Coleman for a big first down catch
  • Two plays later, the Giants secondary loses Colston in coverage for a 54 yards touchdown
  • Saints lead 21-14
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  • The Giants go three-and-out and the Saints get the ball in great position at their 40-yard line
  • A holding penalty drives the Saints back to their 30-yard line
  • The Saints get out of the 20-yard hole with a great pass to Ben Watson
  • Saints drive all the way down to the Giants' one-yard line
  • On 3rd and goal from the Giants' 2-yard line, Brees throws a touchdown pass to Willie Snead
  • Saints lead 28-14
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  • The Giants start their drive at their 20-yard line with 1:46 left in the half
  • Saints aid the Giant with a couple of penalties by Browner and Kikaha
  • Giants score a touchdown with a pass from Eli Manning to Shane Vereen
  • Saints lead 28-21

3rd Quarter

  • The Giants start their drive in good field position near their 40-yard line
  • After a few first downs, Manning throws a bomb to Odell Beckham Jr. for a touchdown
  • Game is tied a 28
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  • Saints start at their 20-yard line
  • Driving down into the Giants' redzone, Saints get the running game going with Ingram
  • Brees finds Cooks for his second touchdown reception of the season.
  • Saints lead 35-28
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  • Giants kickoff return game gives New York a good field position again past their 40-yard line.
  • Giants get a few first downs, but Saints force a fumble by Jairus Byrd and take over in Giants' territory
  • Saints do nothing with their opportunity as Brees throws a pick to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
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  • Giants start at their own seven yard line and get into Saints' territory.
  • Saints eventually stop the Giants near midfield and force a punt
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  • Saints start at their 20-yard line and use a good mix of pass and run
  • Brees throws his sixth touchdown of the day with a pass to Ben Watson.
  • Saints lead 42-28
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  • The Giants start at their 20-yard line and gain two first downs as the game goes into the 4th quarter

4th Quarter

  • The Giants move into Saints' territory, once again aided by a Browner pass interference penalty.
  • Saints sack Manning and recover his fumble, but again a penalty gives the ball back to New York
  • Giants get all to way to the Saints' 9-yard line
  • Giants find the endzone on 4th down on a desperation heave by Manning.
  • Giants cut the Saints lead to seven, 42-35
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  • New Orleans gets the ball at their 20-yard line
  • Saints get cute and attempt a reverse play that loses yards
  • Saints go three-and-out
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  • The Giants go for a 38-yard pass to Odell Beckham on first down
  • In all of three plays, the Giants score a touchdown
  • Game is tied (once again). 42-42
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  • Saints start at their 20-yard line
  • On the first play of the drive, Brees hits Brandin Cooks for a 21-yard pass
  • Saints once again, use a good mix of pass an run and get into Giants' territory
  • Brees then hits Willie Snead for a completion, Snead fumbles and the Giants return it for a TD
  • New York leads 49-42
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  • Saints drive starts at their 20-yard line
  • Three plays later, New Orleans faces a 4th and inches at their own 30-yard line
  • Ingram gets the fourth down conversion and the Saints' drive continues
  • Saints get into Giants' territory
  • New Orleans drives to the Giants' 11-yard line right after the 2-minute warning
  • Brees finds C.J. Spiller for a touchdown
  • Saints tie the game at 49
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  • Giants get the ball with 36 seconds left
  • Giants go three-and-out and are forced to punt with 20 seconds left
  • Marcus Murphy returns the ball past midfield, fumbles and Willie Snead recovers the ball
  • Referees call a facemask penalty on Giants' punter Brad Wing
  • The penalty moves the ball to the Giants' 32-yard line
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  • Saints line up to kick a 50-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in the game
  • Jedi Master Kai Forbath uses the Force and kicks the Saints to 52-49 victory
  • New Orleans is 4-4, just like we all saw it coming...right???
  • We'll have more reactions to this game all week long.
TEAM LEADERS

NEW YORK GIANTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
E. Manning 30 41 350 6
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
R. Jennings 10 54 5.4 0
O. Darkwa 4 23 5.8 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
O. Beckham Jr. 8 130 16.2 3
S. Vereen 8 60 7.5 1

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing Cmp Att Yds TDs
D. Brees 40 50 511 7
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
M. Ingram 16 80 5 0
C. Spiller 4 21 5.2 0
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Watson 9 147 16.3 1
M. Colston 8 114 14.2 1

Who Dat!!!