It’s not like the Saints weren’t well on their way to victory.
Leading 28-7 after Alvin Kamara’s 1-yard touchdown run with 1:22 left in the second quarter, the Saints were halfway home to their 51-14 victory over Cincinnati in Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.
Still, though, the Bengals totally weren’t done.
Beginning its next drive at its 23 following a 17-yard kickoff, Cincinnati quickly moved to the Saints’ 34-yard line in three plays – a 6-yard pass from Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd, an 11-yard pass from Dalton to Cody Core and a 26-yard connection between Dalton and Giovani Bernard – before Dalton spiked the ball to stop the clock with 24 seconds left in the half.
But from there, on second-and-10, the Saints truly shut the door on Sunday’s game.
Dalton lofted a pass intended for John Ross deep down the right sideline. The connection had no chance.
Saints safety Marcus Williams played center field as if the pass was intended for him, so much so that he could have signaled for a fair catch.
Williams circled to his left, intercepted the pass at the 5 and returned it 78 yards, to the Bengals 17-yard line with eight seconds left in the half. Then, for good measure (and to suffocate any remaining hope for Cincinnati), Drew Brees hit Michael Thomas for a touchdown on the next play, to widen New Orleans’ lead to 35-7.
From there, it mostly was a matter of the Saints managing the last two quarters en route to their eighth consecutive victory.
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