NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning ripped the Saints defense for a career-best six touchdown passes, three hauled-in by New Orleans native Odell Beckham Jr.
While the Saints defense had trouble in containing Manning, the Giants defense had even more difficulty in stopping Drew Brees.
The veteran quarterback completed 40 of 50 passes for career highs 511 yards and seven touchdowns.
However, late in the game the Saints forced a Giants punt with the game knotted up at 42. Marcus Murphy fumbled after getting tackled...Saints teammate Willie Snead picked up the football and a face mask penalty set-up New Orleans for the game winning field goal from 50-yards out.
Newly acquired kicker Kai Forbath delivered. The ball sailed through the uprights and the crowd of 73,000-plus celebrated a thrilling 52-49 New Orleans victory. Saints coach Sean Payton said after the game that he signed Forbath because he had a history of connecting on game winning field goals in college and previously in the NFL. The game winning field goal on Sunday was his fifth career last second game winner.
Forbath said, "You know I've been fortunate to get into this situation before where it comes down to a kick and I really work on in practice to make everything, the same way every single time. So, I just went out there and told myself, you know, I made this kick in practice all week. So why change now?
Brees admitted that he's been hearing some negative comments about his ability to throw the long ball following his shoulder injury. Brees put those questions to rest. His shoulder looked just fine on Sunday.
"There were a lot of things about today that was kind of mind boggling, "stated Brees. "It's a win. To win no matter how it comes, we'll take it and man it's just another notch for us. Makes us stronger and it's something we can build on for sure.
On a negative note Saints running back Khiry Robinson broke his leg and is lost for the season.
The New Orleans Saints have won 3 straight, 4 of their last 5 and are now at .500 at 4 wins and 4 losses. They are now getting ready to entertain the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at high noon.