The New Orleans Saints brought their undefeated record to Massachusetts to take on the New England Patriots. This was almost a match up of unbeatens but the Patriots suffered their first loss of the season to the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
The Patriots got the first possession of the game. They marched 60 yards down the field on 14 plays and set up a 35-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. The highlight of this drive might have been quarterback Tom Brady’s 11 yard scramble.
With just under two minutes left in the first quarter, Drew Brees threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Travaris Cadet. On the very next drive the Patriots marched down the field and Stevan Ridley scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give New England the lead again. Before the second quarter ended, Ridley added on to the Patriots lead with another 4-yard touchdown run.
The Saints came out of the half down 17-7, but they got the ball to start the half. On their first drive they got within field goal range and Garrett Hartley put it through the uprights on a 28-yard kick. On the Saints following possession they marched down the field again and scored on a three yard run from Khiry Robinson.
That tied the game up in the third quarter. Fast forward past a couple of Gostkowski field goals and the Saints were down 23-17 late in the fourth quarter.
On third and twenty, from the New England 34 yard line the Saints called up an obvious pass play. Kenny Stills went deep to the end zone and was covered well and Brees threw it up. Some how ball made its way into Stills hands and he held on to score the go-ahead touchdown.
The Patriots got the ball back on their 20 yard line following the kick off and a touchback. The Patriots completed one short 4-yard pass and found themselves with 4th and 6 on their own 24 yard line with around three minutes left. They decided to go for it, didn’t convert and gave the Saints the ball within in field goal range.
The decision was odd because there was time to get a stop if they punted. By handing them the ball in field goal range, assuming they would hold them to a field goal, the Patriots offense would need to get a touchdown instead of a field goal to take the lead.
The defense did hold Saints to a three and out and they took the field goal. The Patriots got another chance, but now they needed a touchdown to win the game. On the very first play, Tom Brady threw an interception to Keenan Lewis, seemingly giving the Saints the game.
The Patriots defense held the Saints to a three and out and got the ball back and another shot to win the game. Then something magical happened.
Tom Brady led the Patriots all the way down the field. With five seconds left, Tom Brady threw a beautiful touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins to win the game.