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Game recap: New Orleans Saints 34, Washington Redskins 31 in OT

New Orleans pushes winning streak to eight games

Check out the on-field action between the Saints and Redskins in Week 11.

It's starting to look like a special season for the New Orleans Saints.

After being outplayed for almost the entire game, the Saints staged a comeback for the ages with a 34-31 overtime victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The victory extended the team's winning streak to eight games, their longest since winning eight straight to end the 2011 season, and kept them in first place in the NFC South at 8-2. It was the largest fourth quarter comeback in New Orleans Saints history.

Kicker Wil Lutz delivered the victory, courtesy of a 28-yard field goal with 7:28 to play in overtime. The kick was set up by two huge Mark Ingram runs, the first for 20 yards and the second for 31 yards.

Washington (4-6) got the ball first in overtime but the Saints shut the Redskins down thanks to a sack by Cameron Jordan and two incomplete passes by Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. A good return by Tommylee Lewis gave New Orleans the ball on the 39, which set up the winning drive.

With 5:58 to play in regulation and down 15 points, it didn't look great for New Orleans. 

But in a methodical 3-minute drive, quarterback Drew Brees marched the Saints 75 yards in eight plays, capping the drive with a 3-yard scoring pass to tight end Josh Hill.

The Saints defense then rose to the occasion, forcing a Washington three-and-out.

The Saints took over at their 18 and quickly moved into scoring position behind a 36-yard pass to tight end Coby Fleener. New Orleans scored on an 18-yard pass from Brees to rookie Albin Kamara who juggled the ball twice before catching it and striding into the end zone. Kamara was the man on the tying two-point conversion, taking a flip from Brees around left end into the end zone. Brees was 11 for 11 on the two scoring drives.

The Saints defense stopped Washington again, this time with safety Vonn Bell drilling Kirk Cousins for a sack as time expired.

The two touchdown passes from Brees gave him 400 with the Saints as he became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to pass for that many for a team.

Kamara also passed the 1,000-yard mark in total yards for his rookie season and Ingram, who rushed for 134 yards, moved past the 5,000-yard mark for his career. Tight end Coby Fleener, who made all five of his catches for 91 yards in the fourth quarter, surpassed the 3,000-mark for reception yardage.

The Saints had 535 yards of offense while the Redskins had 456 yards. It was the highest combined yardage in a Saints game this season. The Saints won despite converting just 4 of 12 on third down and losing the turnover battle 1-0. New Orleans was missing two defensive starters going into the game - linebacker A.J. Klein and safety Keny Vaccaro - and then lost top cornerback Marshon Lattimore after the opening drive to an ankle injury. Lattimore, the No. 11 pick in the 2017 NFL draft and one of the league's top rookies this season, tried to play again but had to leave the game. Starting defensive end Alex Okafor had to leave the game following Washington's final TD.

And then the comeback began.

New Orleans Saints stat leaders

Drew Brees, 29 of 41 for 385 yards with two TDs and one interception

Mark Ingram, 11 carries for 134 yards with one TD

Michael Thomas, six catches for 91 yards

Washington Redskins stat leaders

Kirk Cousins, 22 of 30 for 322 yards with three TDs

Samaje Perine, 23 carries for 117 yards

Josh Doctson, four catches for 81 yards

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