New England 30, New Orleans 27

Date - 4:25 PM EST, Sunday, October 13, 2013
Location - Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Temperature - 59°
Head Official - Tony Corrente
Attendance - 68756

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
New Orleans 7 0 10 10 27
New England 3 14 3 10 30

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Orleans 5-1 3-0 2-1 L1
New England 5-1 3-0 2-1 W1

Recap


Patriots 30, Saints 27: Tom Brady threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds to play and the Patriots handed the visiting Saints their first loss of the season.

Brady, who saw his streak of throwing a TD pass in 52 consecutive games end at Cincinnati last week, finished 25-for-43 for 269 yards and Stevan Ridley rushed for two short touchdowns. Brady capped the unlikely game-winning drive encompassing 70 yards on eight plays in just over a minute without the use of a timeout.

New Orleans' Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a go-ahead score to Kenny Stills with 3:29 to play. Brees finished 17-for-36 for 236 yards and a 3-yard scoring pass to Travaris Cadet. 

The highly-anticipated matchup of star tight ends never materialized as New England's Rob Gronkowski sat out his sixth straight game with a forearm injury and Jimmy Graham was held without a catch and injured his foot in the fourth quarter. Ridley carried the ball 20 times for 96 yards for the Patriots (5-1), who lost wide receiver Danny Amendola to a head injury in the fourth quarter.

A pair of field goals by Steven Gostkowski gave New England a 23-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter. But New Orleans (5-1) took the lead on Brees' pass to Stills, who was covered by a pair of Patriot defenders, and Garrett Hartley added a 39-yard field goal 65 seconds later.

GAME NOTEBOOK: New Orleans trailed 17-7 at the half, the first time the Saints trailed at intermission this season. ...Graham entered the game averaging 118.6 yards a game receiving. ... The Patriots lost cornerback Aqib Talib to a hip injury in the third quarter.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
New Orleans   New England
Khiry Robinson Player Stevan Ridley
7 Attempts 20
53 Yards 96
7.6 Avg Yards 4.8
1 Touchdowns 2
20 Long 19
Receiving
New Orleans   New England
Kenny Stills Player Aaron Dobson
3 Receptions 6
64 Yards 63
21.3 Avg Yards 10.5
1 Touchdowns 0
34 Long 20

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
New Orleans 361 131 230 3 2 1 5.0 0
New England 376 141 235 3 3 1 1.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • New England will play their next game on the road against N.Y. Jets. The Patriots have a W/L % of .800 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • New Orleans will play their next game at home against Buffalo. The Saints have a W/L % of .800 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.