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Saints Edge Texans, 34-27, in Battle of Playoff Contenders

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham reaches for a pass over Houston Texans safety Danieal Manning (Photo: Parker Waters).New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham reaches for a pass over Houston Texans safety Danieal Manning (Photo: Parker Waters).

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Joseph Morgan caught a touchdown pass from Chase Daniel late in the fourth quarter to give the New Orleans Saints a 34-27 win over the Houston Texans in preseason play.

Drew Brees was 17-for-25 with 179 yards and two scores, while Lance Moore caught a score for the Saints, who improved to 2-2 in the preseason.

Matt Schaub passed for 194 yards and a score on 15-of-18 attempts, while Arian Foster ran for a score for the Texans, who fell to 2-1 on the preseason.

Houston tied the game just over four minutes into the fourth when Shayne Graham kicked a 53-yard field goal to make it 27-all.

New Orleans, though, answered with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ate up over seven minutes of the clock and was capped on a four-yard catch in the end zone by Morgan from Daniel for a 34-27 lead.

Houston was unable to mount a successful counter drive before time ran out.

Each team scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter as a one-yard touchdown run from Ben Tate and 10-yard scoring catch by Keshawn Martine from Schaub staked Houston to a 14-0 lead.

New Orleans, though, struck quick as a 20-yard touchdown pass by Brees to Moore was quickly followed by another score as Trindon Holliday fumbled the kickoff and Junior Galette returned it 16 yards for the score.

A 22-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley 3 1/2 minutes into the second gave the Saints a 17-14 lead, but Foster answered with a six-yard score a bit later following a Saints fumble that Houston recovered at the New Orleans 10-yard line.

Randy Bullock hit a 33-yard field goal with just over two minutes to play in the first half to give Houston a 24-17 lead, but the Saints tied the game entering the locker room on an eight-yard TD catch by Graham from Brees.

Hartley's 24-yard field goal just under six minutes into the third accounted for the only points of the quarter as the Saints took a 27-24 lead into the final quarter.

NFL Boxscore - Houston at New Orleans

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Houston 14 10 0 3 27
New Orleans 14 10 3 7 34



Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
Houston Touchdown - 1-yard run by Ben Tate.   (Randy Bullock extra point is good). 11:03 Time Remaining. (8 plays, 80 yards. Time of Drive: 3:57).
Houston Touchdown - 10-yard pass from Matt Schaub to Keshawn Martin.   (Randy Bullock extra point is good). 7:11 Time Remaining. (5 plays, 40 yards. Time of Drive: 3:01).
New Orleans Touchdown - 20-yard pass from Drew Brees to Lance Moore.   (Garrett Hartley extra point is good). 4:03 Time Remaining. (6 plays, 65 yards. Time of Drive: 3:08).
New Orleans Touchdown - 16-yard fumble return by Junior Galette.   (John Kasay extra point is good). 3:54 Time Remaining.
2nd Quarter
New Orleans Field Goal - 22-yarder by Garrett Hartley.  11:24 Time Remaining. (10 plays, 70 yards. Time of Drive: 3:40).
Houston Touchdown - 6-yard run by Arian Foster.   (Randy Bullock extra point is good). 8:55 Time Remaining. (2 plays, 10 yards. Time of Drive: 0:40).
Houston Field Goal - 33-yarder by Randy Bullock.  2:08 Time Remaining. (8 plays, 64 yards. Time of Drive: 4:16).
New Orleans Touchdown - 8-yard pass from Drew Brees pass to Jimmy Graham.   (Garrett Hartley extra point is good). 0:15 Time Remaining. (7 plays, 77 yards. Time of Drive: 1:53).
3rd Quarter
New Orleans Field Goal - 24-yarder by Garrett Hartley.  9:17 Time Remaining. (15 plays, 71 yards. Time of Drive: 5:43).
4th Quarter
Houston Field Goal - 53-yarder by Shayne Graham.  10:43 Time Remaining. (6 plays, 25 yards. Time of Drive: 2:39).
New Orleans Touchdown - 4-yard pass from Chase Daniel to Joe Morgan.   (Garrett Hartley extra point is good). 3:38 Time Remaining. (13 plays, 75 yards. Time of Drive: 7:05).


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Final Team Statistics
HoustonNew Orleans
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 21 32
By Rushing 5 8
By Passing 13 16
By Penalty 3 8
THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 2-10- 7-14-
FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 2-2- 2-2-
TOTAL NET YARDS 0 0
Total Off. Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 0 0
Avg. gain per offensive play 0.0 0.0
NET YARDS RUSHING 0 0
Total Rushing Plays 0 0
Avg. gain per rushing play 0.0 0.0
NET YARDS PASSING 0 0
Times Thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 0-0 0-0
Gross yards passing 0 0
PASS ATTEMPTS-COMPLETIONS-HAD INTERCEPTED 0-0-0 0-0-0
Avg. gain per pass play (inc. # thrown passing) 0.0 0.0
PUNTS Number and average 0-0.0 0-0.0
Net Punting Average 0.0 0.0
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE (Not including kickoffs) 0 0
No. and Yards Punt Returns 0-0 0-0
No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 0-0 0-0
No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 0-0
PENALTIES No. and Yards 5-74 8-53
FUMBLES No. and Lost 0-0 0-0
TOUCHDOWNS 0 0
Rushing 0 0
Passing 0 0
EXTRA POINTS Made-Attempts 0-0 0-0
FIELD GOALS Made-Attempts 0-0 0-0
SAFETIES 0 0
FINAL SCORE 0 0
TIME OF POSSESSION


Final Individual Statistics
Houston New Orleans
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
A.Foster 8 32 4.0 18 1
J.Forsett 5 26 5.2 7 0
J.Grimes 3 16 5.3 10 0
B.Tate 4 10 2.5 8 1
K.Martin 1 0 0.0 0 0
M.Schaub 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0
Total 22 83 3.8 18 2
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
C.Ivory 8 57 7.1 20 0
T.Cadet 5 20 4.0 8 0
J.Banyard 6 20 3.3 6 0
M.Ingram 6 19 3.2 8 0
C.Daniel 2 18 9.0 14 0
D.Brees 1 10 10.0 10 0
K.Hall 1 3 3.0 3 0
S.Canfield 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0
Total 30 146 4.9 20 0
PASSINGATTCPYDSSK/YDTDLGIN
M.Schaub 18 15 191 1/7 1 44 0
T.Yates 11 6 72 5/33 0 20 0
Total 29 21 263 6/40 1 44 0
PASSINGATTCPYDSSK/YDTDLGIN
D.Brees 25 17 183 0/0 2 29 0
C.Daniel 17 11 88 1/8 1 20 0
S.Canfield 2 1 2 0/0 0 2 0
Total 44 29 273 1/8 3 29 0
RECEIVINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
G.Graham 4 97 24.3 44 0
J.Casey 3 23 7.7 15 0
A.Johnson 2 30 15.0 19 0
O.Daniels 2 26 13.0 16 0
J.Forsett 2 24 12.0 13 0
J.Grimes 2 18 9.0 12 0
K.Martin 2 10 5.0 10 1
L.Jean 1 18 18.0 18 0
B.Tate 1 9 9.0 9 0
J.Iglesias 1 8 8.0 8 0
A.Foster 1 0 0.0 0 0
Total 21 263 12.5 44 1
RECEIVINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
P.Thomas 4 35 8.8 16 0
J.Morgan 4 33 8.3 20 1
J.Graham 3 48 16.0 29 1
L.Moore 3 38 12.7 20 1
T.Cadet 3 31 10.3 16 0
M.Colston 2 28 14.0 18 0
D.Henderson 2 21 10.5 14 0
M.Higgins 2 16 8.0 11 0
G.Camarillo 2 15 7.5 8 0
K.Hall 2 7 3.5 5 0
J.Collins 1 3 3.0 3 0
J.Banyard 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0
Total 29 273 9.4 29 3
INTERCEPTIONSATTYDSLGTD
None
Total 0 0 0 0
INTERCEPTIONSATTYDSLGTD
None
Total 0 0 0 0
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGTBIN20LG
D.Jones 4 180 45.0 0 1 62
Total 4 180 45.0 0 1 62
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGTBIN20LG
T.Morstead 3 104 34.7 0 1 40
Total 3 104 34.7 0 1 40
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSLGTD
T.Holliday 1 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSLGTD
G.Camarillo 1 0 8 8 0
Total 1 0 8 8 0
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSLGTD
T.Holliday 2 0 85 62 1
D.Hunter 1 0 10 10 0
Total 3 0 95 62 1
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSLGTD
T.Cadet 4 0 83 25 0
C.Roby 1 0 33 33 0
C.Parks 1 0 28 28 0
Total 6 0 144 33 0
KICKINGFGPCTLGXPPTS
R.Bullock 1/1 100.0 33 3/3 6
S.Graham 1/1 100.0 53 0/0 3
Total 2/2 100.0 53 3/3 9
KICKINGFGPCTLGXPPTS
G.Hartley 2/3 66.7 24 3/3 9
J.Kasay 0/0 0.0 0 1/1 1
Total 2/3 66.7 24 4/4 10

Houston
FUMBLESFUMLOSTOWN-RECYDSTDFORCEDOPP-RECYDSTD
T.Holliday 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
K.Martin 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T.Yates 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.Manning 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
G.Quin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
S.Smith 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 5 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
New Orleans
FUMBLESFUMLOSTOWN-RECYDSTDFORCEDOPP-RECYDSTD
C.Ivory 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.Morgan 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J.Galette 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
W.Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
S.Ellis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Total 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1


Final Defensive Statistics
HoustonTKLASTCOMSACYDSINPDFFFR
J.Nading 5 0 5 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
T.Dobbins 4 1 5 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Q.Demps 4 0 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
K.Jackson 4 0 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
G.Quin 3 0 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 1
M.Alexander 3 0 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
J.Joseph 3 0 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
E.Pleasant 3 0 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
S.Loiseau 3 0 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
W.Mercilus 2 0 2 1.0 8.0 0 0 0 0
T.Nolan 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
M.King 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
R.Carmichael 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
A.Smith 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
S.Keo 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
B.McCain 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
J.Crick 1 1 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
C.Barwin 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
T.Jamison 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
B.James 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
H.Fangupo 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
O.Gaither 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
B.Reed 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
E.Mitchell 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 54 2 56 1.0 8.0 0 0 1 1
New OrleansTKLASTCOMSACYDSINPDFFFR
J.Casillas 3 0 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
D.Robinson 3 0 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
J.Patrick 3 0 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
C.Jordan 3 2 5 1.0 7.0 0 0 0 0
B.Ruud 3 0 3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
K.Anderson 3 0 3 1.0 7.0 0 0 0 0
A.Hicks 2 0 2 1.0 8.0 0 0 0 0
C.Parks 2 0 2 1.0 7.0 0 0 0 0
M.Jenkins 2 2 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0
P.Robinson 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
S.Shanle 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
J.Amaya 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
I.Abdul-Quddus 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
T.McBride 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0
C.White 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 0 0 1 0
B.Bunkley 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
R.Harper 1 3 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
T.Walker 1 0 1 1.0 2.0 0 0 0 0
A.Daniels 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
W.Herring 0 1 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 40 8 48 5.0 31.0 0 0 3 0
 

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