Down to the wire, but New Orleans Saints lose to Denver

Down to the wire, but New Orleans Saints lose to Denver

Posted by The Times-Picayune September 21, 2008 6:33PM

Categories: Saints

Martin Gramatica reacts after missing a field
goal near the end of the Saints 34-32 loss at Denver.

Another week, another questionable play call with the game in the balance.

The New Orleans Saints’ chances of pulling a come-from-behind win against the Denver Broncos was thwarted when Pierre Thomas was stopped on a third-and-1 at the Denver 24 yard line, then Martin Gramatica missed a 43-yard field goal with two minutes remaining.
The Saints had began the drive when Scott Shanle tackled Denver tight end Tony Scheffler and caused a fumble at the New Orleans 8-yard line that was returned to the 21 by Jason David.

From there, quarterback Drew Brees led the team down the field, going 3-of-4, with the big play a 23-yard pass to Devery Henderson.

But, with the clock on their side, the Saints got conservative, with three consecutive running plays: Reggie Bush for 7, Bush for 2, then Thomas for a 1-yard loss.

Reggie Bush
had a big day running and receiving on Sunday.

The Saints had 502 total yards in the game to Denver’s 369. Brees had 421 yards passing, and threw to nine different receivers.

Bush had a solid day for the Saints, running for 73 yards and a touchdown and catching 11 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Denver quarterback Jay Cutler was 21-of-34 for 264 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was Brandon Marshall, who caught six passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.

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