Three days before Thanksgiving New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram was stuffed at the one yard line on 4th and goal on the games opening drive and it was one of many hurdles the Saints failed to clear.
Steve Smith the former Carolina Panther who enjoyed loads of success against the Saints, continued to be a thorn in the Saints side. He came up with big catches through the game including a 15-yard touchdown reception from Joe Flacco that gave the Ravens a 7-0 advantage.
Drew Brees passed for 420 yards and three touchdowns, the first one to tight end Jimmy Graham that tied the game.
However a Brees interception proved costly for New Orleans. Will Hill came up with the football and raced down the sidelines for a Ravens touchdown that gave Baltimore a 21-17 third quarter lead.
Baltimore running back Justin Forsett had a big night for the Ravens. He exploded for 182 yards rushing and two touchdowns.. and this 20 yard gallop late in the fourth quarter secured the win for the 7 and 4 Ravens.
Brees faced heat from the Ravens defense throughout the game and was sacked four times. I believe Brees is trying to make something positive happen while facing defensive heat and his passes are ending up in the hands of the opposition.
You can no longer say New Orleans is invincible inside the Mercedes-Betz Superdome. Under head coach Sean Payton, New Orleans had won 19 straight home games. The loss to the Ravens on Monday Night Football was the third straight home defeat.
Despite the loss the 4-7 Saints share the NFC South Division lead with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Saints travel to Pittsburgh Sunday at high noon.
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