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Backups Dominate for Saints in Preseason Finale Loss to Titans, 10-6


Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Jake Locker threw for 81 yards in his last tuneup to start the regular season under center, as the Tennessee Titans edged the New Orleans Saints, 10-6, in the final preseason game for both teams.

Locker, Tennessee's first-round selection in the 2011 draft, completed 9-of-16 passes Thursday night. He was named the team's starting signal-caller last week after coming out on top of a close competition with battle-tested veteran Matt Hasselbeck.

Locker's first regular season start will come at home against the defending AFC champion New England Patriots on Sept. 9.

Third-string quarterback Sean Canfield played the entire contest for the Saints and connected on 31-of-45 passes for 288 yards and a pair of interceptions.

Garrett Hartley booted a pair of field goals for the Saints, who will begin the regular season Sept. 9 at home against the Washington Redskins.

Locker played most of the first half until Hasselbeck took over with under two minutes remaining. Locker led the Titans to a score on their first possession, after Tennessee recovered a fumble by Travaris Cadet. Rob Bironas kicked a 24- yard field goal.

Hartley kicked a 38-yard field goal in the final minute of the opening quarter and added a 21-yarder midway through the second.

Locker fumbled the ball away while scrambling up the middle deep inside Saints territory late in the half. Hasselbeck completed 3-of-4 passes for 19 yards before yielding to Rusty Smith, who ended 4-of-9 for 27 yards.

An interception by linebacker Tim Shaw led to the only touchdown of the game - a 1-yard run by Jamie Harper early in the third quarter.

Canfield was picked off by Tommie Campbell in Tennessee territory with 4:31 remaining in the game. The Saints got as far as the Titans' 30 before time expired.

The Saints ended the preseason 2-3, while the Titans finished 3-1.

NFL Boxscore - New Orleans at Tennessee

New Orleans 3 3 0 0 6
Tennessee 3 0 7 0 10
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
Tennessee Field Goal - 24-yarder by Rob Bironas.
10:32 remaining.
New Orleans Field Goal - 38-yarder by Garrett Hartley. 0:30
2nd Quarter
New Orleans Field Goal - 21-yarder by Garrett Hartley. 6:46
3rd Quarter
Tennessee Touchdown - 1-yard run by Jamie Harper (Rob Bironas
kick).8:55 remaining.
4th Quarter
No scoring
Final Team Statistics
New OrleansTennessee
First downs 19 12
Rushes-yards 27-108 2 6-107
Passing yards 254 119
Return yards 6 18
Passing (Att-Comp-Int) 45-31-2 29-16-0
Punts-Average 4-41.8 8-44.5
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties-Yards 6-65 6-51
Time of Possession 30:46 29:14
Individual Statistics
New Orleans - T.Cadet 15-57, C.Ivory 6-24, J.Banyard 5-21 S.Canfield 1-6.
Tennessee - J.Harper 10-39, D.Reynaud 8-29, J.Locker 2-22 J.Ringer 6-17.
New Orleans - S.Canfield 31-45-2, 288 yards.
Tennessee - J.Locker 9-16-0, 81 yards R.Smith 4-9-0, 27 yards M.Hasselbeck 3-4-0, 19 yards.
New Orleans - T.Cadet 8-44, D.Schouman 6-74, J.Morgan 4-43, G.Camarillo 3-43, M.Higgins 3-35, K.Hall 3-27, N.Toon 2-6, C.Ivory 1-9, J.Banyard 1-7.
Tennessee - D.Reynaud 3-20, T.Thompson 2-20, L.Hawkins 2-20, D.Williams 2-17. J.Cook 1-18, K.Wright 1-16, D.Woods 1-6, J.Ringer 1-6, C.Stevens 1-3, J.Kirkendoll 1-2, J.Harper 1-(-1).

Saints Team Information

2013 New Orleans Saints Schedule