New Orleans 22, Tennessee 17

Sunday, December 11, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, December 11, 2011
WHERE: LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee
TEMPERATURE: 41°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Mike Carey
ATTENDANCE: 69143

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
New Orleans 3 3 3 13 22
Tennessee 0 3 7 7 17

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Orleans 10-3 6-0 4-3 W5
Tennessee 7-6 4-3 3-3 L1

Recap


Drew Brees heated up in the fourth quarter and hit Marques Colston for a pair of touchdown passes, rallying the New Orleans Saints past the Tennessee Titans for a 22-17 road win Sunday at LP Field.

The Saints (10-3) trailed 10-9 entering the fourth quarter, but Brees and Colston connected for touchdown passes of 35 and 28 yards to help New Orleans move within one win or one Atlanta loss of clinching the NFC South title. The Saints wrapped up a playoff berth when Chicago lost at Denver.

Brees was 36 of 47 for 337 yards and the two scores, extending two impressive streaks. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 40 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Johnny Unitas' 47. Brees has also completed at least 20 passes in 33 consecutive games.

Even after the Saints took a 22-10 lead, rookie quarter Jake Locker nearly led the Titans (7-6) back. He hit Nate Washington for a 40-yard touchdown, then drove Tennessee into Saints territory twice but couldn't produce points.

The Titans drove inside the Saints' 25 before Locker was stopped on a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1, and they reached the Saints' 5-yard line with seven seconds left before an incomplete pass and a sack sealed it.

Locker replaced starter Matt Hasselbeck (calf) early in the second quarter. The rookie passed for 282 yards and a touchdown and added a team-high 36 yards and a 6-yard touchdown on the ground.

Washington had six catches for 130 yards and a touchdown for the Titans, giving him a reception in 59 consecutive games. Washington has 798 receiving yards, surpassing his career high set last season.

The Saints improved to 50-6 under Sean Payton when leading at halftime.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
New Orleans   Tennessee
Chris Ivory Player Jake Locker
13 Attempts 6
53 Yards 36
4.1 Avg Yards 6.0
0 Touchdowns 1
25 Long 17
Receiving
New Orleans   Tennessee
Marques Colston Player Nate Washington
7 Receptions 6
105 Yards 130
15.0 Avg Yards 21.7
2 Touchdowns 1
35 Long 40

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
New Orleans 437 114 323 2 3 0 2.0 0
Tennessee 373 59 314 2 1 0 2.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Tennessee will play their next game on the road against Indianapolis. The Titans have a W/L % of .538 after a win and .538 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Saints have a W/L % of .769 after a win and .769 after a loss.
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