It was the Saints' first loss of the season and they will be 5-1 heading into next week's bye weekend. The Patriots improved to 5-1 with the improbable win.
The Saints appeared to have the game won when quarterback
Brady was 25 of 43 for 269 yards with one touchdown and one interception.The Patriots led 17-7 at halftime as they controlled the action and took the lead behind two touchdown runs in the second quarter, one from a yard out and the other from four yards by Stevan Ridley. The former LSU star finished with 96 yards on 20 carries.
Brees was 17 of 36 for 236 yards, two touchdowns and one interception which came when he was trying to connect with star tight
Stills made his touchdown grab over two defenders. He finished with three catches for 64 yards. Tight end Ben Watson had a good outing with three catches for 61 yards. All of the Saints' running backs had strong performances as
Graham didn't have a catch, the first time that has happened since his rookie season. He left the game briefly with some type of injury but returned to the field. Saints defensive end
The Patriots lost cornerback Aqib Talib to an apparent hip injury. He shadowed Graham for most of the game. Wide receiver Danny Amendola was also forced out of the game after taking a big hit.