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The Saints finish the preseason 3-1

*The Saints finish the preseason 3-1 with tonight's 22-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. New Orleans will meet the Atlanta Falcons in its regular season opener on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 12:00 p.m. CDT.

*New Orleans finished a preseason 3-1 for the third time since 2009 and for the second consecutive season.

*The Saints went 65 yards in seven plays on their first offensive series, with QB Luke McCown capping the drive on a three-yard pass to RB Travaris Cadet.

*Playing the first series, McCown finished four of four for 29 yards, one touchdown pass and a passer rating of 136.5.

*QB Ryan Griffin relieved McCown and played the remainder of the game, as he finished 11 of 21 for 126 yards. He connected on a second quarter 52-yard completion to WR Robert Meachem that helped set up a 23-yard field goal by K Derek Dimke.

*WR Joseph Morgan had a team-high four receptions for 33 yards.

*Cadet had an impressive evening as an all-purpose threat. He returned New Orleans' first kickoff 40 yards and on the subsequent offensive drive, caught a three-yard touchdown pass from McCown. He finished with two receptions for two yards and seven rushes for a team-leading 24 yards.

*Rookie WR Brandin Cooks had three receptions for 30 yards

*WR Charles Hawkins also returned kickoffs for 40, 36 and 29 yards

*The Saints defense forced one turnover, giving them nine for the preseason and putting them at 6 in giveaway/takeaway ratio.

*The Saints' defense forced their first turnover of the night when S Pierre Warren picked off Ravens QB Tyrod Taylor in the end zone in the first quarter.

*Rookie S Vinnie Sunseri finished seven tackles, second-most on the team, to finish the preseason with a team-high 21 stops. Rookie ILB Todd Davis had a team-leading nine tackles Thursday night.

*Dimke hit both of his field goal attempts on the evening.

photo gallery from the New Orleans Saints preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Photos by Michael C. Hebert (New Orleans Saints photos)

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