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Saints Fall To Titans 27-24

Posted Sep 2, 2010

New Orleans finishes preseason at 2-2


 

The Saints rallied from a 27-16 deficit in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 27-24 and be in the redzone with 10 seconds left in the game but it wasn’t enough as the Titans escaped LP Field with the victory to close out the preseason.

 QBs Patrick Ramsey and Chase Daniel spilt time for the Saints. Ramsey started the contest and finished 11-16 for 98 yards. Daniel ended his night by completing 10 of 18 attempts for 137 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

 WR Adrian Arrington led all receivers with three catches for 78 yards and a 35-yard score. WR Robert Meachem chipped in with five catches for 49 yards, all in the first half.

 The Saints rushing attack was highlighted by newcomers Ladell Betts (seven carries, 38 yards) and DeShawn Wynn (seven carries, 31 yards).

 S Chris Reis led all defenders with eight total sacks. For the second straight game, DE Jeff Charleston registered a sack.

 The Saints took a 3-0 lead at the 10:31 mark in the first quarter when K Garrett Hartley nailed a 35-yard filed goal.

 In the first quarter, the Saints didn’t shy away from Pro Bowl DB Cortland Finnegan as Ramsey threw his way a number of times, including back-to-back completions to WRs Lance Moore and Robert Meachem. Finnegan was also called for a 39-yard pass interference penalty.

 The Saints second-team offense went against the Titans No.1 defense for most of the first half and held their own, as they were able to drive the ball and showed a lot of poise against the Titans top squad.

 Titans QB Vince Young hit TE Bo Scaife for a seven-yard touchdown with seven seconds left in the first quarter.

 With the Titans punting on 4th and 7 at their own 34-yard line, DE Junior Galette blocked P Krett Kern’s punt & LB Harry Coleman scooped up the loose ball and ran it for the score to give the Saints a 10-7 advantage with 8:46 left in the first half.

  Saints struggled to stop the Titans on third down to start the game, as Tennessee was successful on four of its first seven attempts.

 The Titans tied the scoreboard with 3:05 left in the first half when Bironas connected on a 30-yard field goal.

 The Titans went into halftime with a 13-10 lead.  

 Titans QB Chris Simms fumbled the ball at the Saints 15-yard line and DT Al Woods recovered it at the 10:29 mark in the third quarter. Following the turnover, Hartley nailed a 30-yard field goal to knot the score at 13-13 with 5:35 left in the third quarter.

 Four seconds into the fourth quarter, Titans RB LeGarrette Blount ran up the middle for a one-yard touchdown to give the Titans a 20-13 lead.

 Special teams strikes struck again at 9:35 mark in the fourth when TE Jimmy Graham blocked Kern’s punt & LB Anthony Waters scooped it up bringing it to the Saints 4-yd line!

 Hartley cut the Titans’ lead to 20-16 when he connected on a 41-yard field goal with 7:18 left in the game. Hartley finished a perfect 8-8 field goals this preseason.

 Titans RB Alvin Pearman ran for a 5-yard touchdown to give the Titans a 27-16 advantage with 3:18 left in the game.

 In the next series, Daniel drove the offense down the field and fired a 35-yard touchdown to WR Adrian Arrington. On the next play, the Saints converted a two-point conversion when Daniel hit WR Courtney Roby in the left corner of the endzone with 2:25 remaining in the contest.

 At the two-minute warning, the Titans led 27-24 on their 27-yard line and are set to punt on fourth and three.

 Daniel’s late-game heroics continued as he spearheaded the Saints down the field and benefited from a Titans pass interference penalty on fourth down to keep their drive alive.  

 With 11 seconds remaining, Daniel fired a pass intended for TE Tyler Lorenzen in the endzone but was intercepted by LB Gerald McRath to give the Titans the victory.

 

 

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