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Monday, 19 November 2012 02:03

New Orleans Saints, Brees 5-5, rip Raiders, face 49ers

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brees-733248The New Orleans Saints, who six weeks ago were given up for dead are showing some life and some playoff hopes as they scratched their way to a 5-5 season by besting the Oakland Raiders 38-17.

The Saints will now be facing the 4-4 49ers in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.  Last year, San Francisco beat the Saints in the playoffs in the Superdome.    

The Saints started this season 0-4.  The offseason and the first four games were whacked by Bountygate traumas and controversies over Drew Brees contract dispute.

The game was never in doubt as Drew Brees and the running game were sharp, scoring on their first series.

Here are stories from local media:

In arguably their most complete performance of the season, the Saints defeated the Oakland Raiders 38-17 Sunday afternoon.

The victory moved the Saints to 5-5 overall. The Saints opened the 2012 season 0-4 but have since won five of six games.

The Saints racked up 382 yards on offense and the defense forced two turnovers.  Saints safeties Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins each intercepted a pass, marking the first time in their careers the two have picked off passes in the same game.

Drew Brees finished a tidy 20-27 for 219 yards. Brees added three touchdown passes.  The Saints star also extended his consecutive games with a TD pass record to 53.

The Saints trail the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South. Despite five interceptions from quarterback Matt Ryan the Falcons beat the Arizona Cardinals. Tampa Bay extended its winning streak to four

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Drew Brees threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns, guiding the Black-and-Gold to a 38-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders. After starting the year 0-4, the Saints have now won five of their past six games to pull even at 5-5 this season.

Brees connected with Jimmy Graham on a one-yard touchdown to start the scoring, before finding Lance Moore on a 38-yard scoring strike later in the first half. Brees and Moore hooked up for the second time on a 15-yard score in the third quarter.

Mark Ingram also reeled off a 27-yard touchdown scamper to begin the third quarter following a nice 75-yard kickoff return by Travaris Cadet. Ingram finished the game with 67 yards on 12 carries, while Chris Ivory totaled 37 yards on eight attempts. It was a balanced offensive performance with 28 pass attempts to compliment 28 rushes.

Defensively, safety Malcolm Jenkins

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Quarterback Drew Brees picked the Oakland Raiders defense apart, completing 20 of 27 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns, two to Lance Moore and one to Jimmy Graham. Running back Mark Ingram continued his midseason resurgence with 67 yards on 12 carries which was highlighted by a 27-yard touchdown run around the left end. Not sure if he had any health problems earlier in the season but he definitely seems to be hitting the holes faster. His backfield mates, Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas, had quieter games but no less effective as they both averaged over 4.6 yards a carry. Receiver Marques Colston had his 500th career reception but failed to move past Deuce McAllister on

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception for a score to get the New Orleans Saints back to .500 with a 38-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Lance Moore caught two touchdown passes and Mark Ingram ran for a TD as the Saints (5-5) won for the fifth time in six games since an 0-4 start. They are in position to make a late-season playoff run despite the season-long distraction from the bounty scandal.

The Raiders (3-7) lost their third straight game under first-year coach Dennis Allen as their banged-up defense got picked apart by Brees' precision passing. Oakland has allowed 135 points in those defeats -- the most in a three-game span for the franchise since allowing 141 in the first three games in 1961.

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(From New Orleans Saints website)

*The New Orleans Saints improve to 5-5 with their fifth win in six games heading into next Sunday’s game vs. the San Francisco 49ers (3:25 p.m., FOX).

*The win extends New Orleans’ win streak in the month of November, dating back to 2009, to 14 games.

*It is New Orleans’ first winning streak of three games or more in 2012 and their eighth since 2006.

*New Orleans’ 38-point output is their highest of 2012.

*New Orleans improves their all-time record against Oakland in the series to 6-5-1. The Raiders are now the ninth club that the Saints have a winning record against all-time (Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Jets, Seattle, Tampa Bay).

*QB Drew Brees completed 20 of 27 passes for 219 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 134.6.

*Brees’ second-quarter one-yard touchdown pass to TE Jimmy Graham in the first quarter extended his NFL-record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 53. He also extended his NFL-record streak of games with 20 or more completions to 46.

*Brees has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 95 of his 105 starts as a Saint. Brees has 95 multiple-TD games in his NFL career, the third-most among active NFL quarterbacks and ranked sixth all-time.

*Brees now leads the NFL with 28 touchdown passes this season.

*RB Mark Ingram tied a season-best in rushing with 67 yards on 12 carries, including a 27-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

*RB Chris Ivory ripped off a 25-yard run in the third quarter as part of an afternoon where he carried eight times for 37 yards.

*WR Marques Colston finished with four receptions for 69 yards. Colston’s fourth quarter 15-yard reception was the 500th of his career. He is now the third player in franchise history to reach that mark, joining Eric Martin (532) and Joe Horn (523).

*Graham led New Orleans in receiving with six catches for 29 yards, including a first quarter one-yard touchdown grab. Graham has now posted touchdown catches in his last four contests, recording five overall during the period.

*Graham has 24 career receiving touchdowns, now in sole possession of eighth all-time among Saints receivers as he surpassed Robert Meachem (2007-11) and Donte’ Stallworth (2002-05).

*WR Lance Moore had two receptions for 53 yards, both of them touchdowns, moving his career total to 286 receptions and moving him pastTony Galbreath for sole possession of sixth place on the Saints’ career list. It marks the seventh time in his career that Moore has had two touchdown grabs in a game, the first since the contest at Minnesota, Dec. 18, 2011. Moore now has 35 career touchdowns, moving him past Galbreath and RB Reggie Bushfor seventh place all-time on the club’s list.

*Travaris Cadet’s handled kickoff return duties and had a 75-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter. It was the longest kickoff return by a Saint this season. Cadet also had two receptions for 25 yards.

*S Malcolm Jenkins posted six tackles (five solo), one interception and one pass defensed. His first quarter 55-yard interception return for a touchdown was his first pick of the season and first since 2010 as well as his first return for a touchdown since a 96-yard return vs. St. Louis, Dec. 12, 2010. It was his third career defensive touchdown.

*S Roman Harper’s second-quarter interception was his second of the season. Harper also led the team with 11 tackles (nine solo).

*It was the first time in three years together as a starting tandem that both Harper and Jenkins recorded interceptions in the same contest.

*DE Will Smith had five tackles (four solo) and a sack to end the first half. Smith now has five takedowns in 2012 and 66.5 for his career, the fourth-highest total in club record books.

*LB Jonathan Vilma sacked Raiders QB Carson Palmer for a loss of eight yards in the third quarter, his first takedown of the season and first since 2010.

*DT Tom Johnson also dropped Palmer for a 12-yard loss in the third quarter, his first takedown of 2012.


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