Quarterback Drew Brees went third on the NFL’s all-time passing list but it wasn’t enough to save the New Orleans Saints as they went down 16-13 to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadum last night, with Josh Brown’s field goal late being the difference.
A five-yard pass to Brandin Cooks late in the first half drew Brees passed Dan Marino’s total of 61,361 yards.
The game wasn’t the shootout everyone expected. Unlike last November’s game in New Orleans that featured 101 combined points, the Giants won a 16-13 defensive showdown. The first touchdown didn’t come until Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned a blocked field goal 65 yards with 2:30 remaining in the first half.
Saints quarterback Brees, who threw for 511 yards and seven scores in the Saints’ 52-49 victory last season, was held to 263 yards and a touchdown.
While Eli Manning didn’t throw a touchdown pass, the Giants quarterback did throw for 368 yards.
The first offensive touchdown didn’t come until Brees connected with Willie Snead on a 17-yard score to tie things at 10-10 with 13:45 remaining.
A 32-yard pass to Giants rookie receiver Sterling Shepard on the ensuing possession helped to set up a 19-yard Josh Brown field goal to give the Giants a 13-10 lead with 8:46 remaining. Shepard had a game-high eight catches for 117 yards.
After the Saints tied it up, Victor Cruz’s 34-yard reception to the Saints two-yard line set up Brown’s game-winning 23-yard field goal.
Tennessee beat Detroit 16-15, rallying from 15-3 down going into the fourth. Matthew Stafford was intercepted in the final seconds, as the Titans sealed the win.
Baltimore beat Cleveland 25-20, in one of those proverbial games of runs. Cleveland scored the game’s first 20 points. Baltimore then scored the next 25.
Houston held off Kansas City 19-12, needing to recover an onside kick in the final minute to secure that victory.
New England topped Miami 31-24, a game where the Patriots lost Jimmy Garoppolo to a shoulder injury and saw the Dolphins score the last three touchdowns. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill threw an interception in the end zone in the final seconds.
Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 24-16, despite Andy Dalton throwing for 366 yards for the Bengals.
Dallas topped Washington 27-23, needing to survive a last-play toss into the end zone before escaping with that NFC East win.
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