Week 2 . . . Saints @ Browns
Both teams entered the game following close losses to divisional rivals and both were determined to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start to the season. This week, however, it was the Saints’ turn to flat line during the 1st quarter as the Browns jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Saints kicker, Shayne Graham put the Saints on the board with a 27 yard field goal early in the 2nd quarter. Then, after a Browns’ three and out, the Saints took over at their own 32 yard line when Drew Brees was picked off by Tashaun Gibson who promptly returned it 62 yards for a TD upping the Browns’ lead to 16-3 (a two point conversion attempt failed). The Saints controlled the ball for the remainder of the 2nd quarter and ended up scoring with a pass to TE Jimmy Graham with 0:08 left in the half.
The Saints then took their first lead of the game (17-16) in the 3rd quarter with a second TD pass from Brees to Graham. The Browns then answered with an 80 yard drive that included the debut of the 22nd overall draft pick Johnny Manziel for two plays and re-gained the lead (23-17) with a 9 yard TD run by Terrance West. Following the kick off, the Saints then went on an 80 yard drive of their own and re-took the lead (24-23) after a 1 yard dive by Mark Ingram with 12:15 left in the 4th quarter.
Both teams then traded punts and the Saints pinned the Browns back on their own 4 yard line with 2:46 left in the game.
. . . clack, clack, clack
Brian Hoyer then when 8 of 12 for 54 yards on the final drive highlighted by a 28 yard strike to Andrew Hawkins to set up a 29 yard field goal attempt by Billy Cundiff. Cundiff nailed it and the Browns took the lead 26-24 with 0:06 left in the game. After Saints RB, Khiry Robinson, fumbled the ensuing kick-off, it was recovered by Marlon Moore and the Browns had secured their first victory of the 2014 season in dramatic fashion.
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Next up – Week 3; The Baltimore Ravens