Photos from the New Orleans Saints vs New York Giants game. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)
The New Orleans Saints beat the New York Giants 52-49 on Kai Forbath's 50-yard field goal as time expired Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The victory was the Saints' third consecutive and evens their record at 4-4.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees set team records for touchdowns (seven, tying a league mark), completions (40) and yards (511).
The Saints led for most of the game but the Giants (4-4) rallied behind the play of New Orleans natives Eli Manning (30 of 41 for 350 yards and six TDs) and Odell Beckham Jr. (eight receptions, 130 yards, three TDs) to tie the score at 42 with 9:30 to play. They took the lead when Willie Snead fumbled a pass and Trumaine McBride raced it in for a 63-yard touchdown and a 49-42 lead with 7:11 to play.
But Brees marched the Saints down the field - Mark Ingram converted a key fourth-and-1 early in the drive - and tied the score on a 9-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Spiller. The Saints defense forced the Giants to punt and Marcus Murphy returned in 24 yards before fumbling. The ball bounded into Snead's arms and he was face-masked on the tackle giving the Saints the ball on the 32-yard line with five seconds to play.
Forbath, the team's second kicker this season, came in drilled the game-winner.
While it was Forbath who made the game-winner, the game belonged to Brees as he played the best game of his Saints career and one of the best in NFL history.
Benjamin Watson had eight receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown, veteran Marques Colston had eight receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown, Brandin Cooks had six receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns and Snead added seven receptions for 76 yards and two TDs. Ingram was the team's top rusher with 16 carries for 80 yards.
The Saints will try to extend their winning streak to four games and moved above .500 for the first time this season next Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans.