NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - You can always expect at least two things from the 2016 New Orleans Saints, a stellar performance from quarterback Drew Brews and another down-to-the-wire outcome.
The New Orleans defense played a key role in the win, holding Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to 253 yards and a leaping interception by linebacker Nat Stupar helped turn the Tide in the Saints favor.
Stupar said, "Team effort man. We just go to stop the big plays in front of us, keep them to three and outs and get the ball to our offense. Our offense , they are powerful. They will score when they get the ball."
The interception led to the Saints first touchdown a one yard dive by Brees. At 12:24 of the fourth quarter Brees connected with Brandin Cooks, a two-yard strike that propelled New Orleans to a 22-20 advantage. Hold on to your seats!
Kicking specialist Will Lutz delivered four field goals from 22, 53, 21 and another 41 yarder with 1:57 remaining that extended the Saints lead 25-20.
Head coach Sean Payton said, "Aside from the leg talent, he's just got those other things that allow you to be great, mind-set, moxie, the smarts. He handled the situation well."
So did the defense, with two seconds remaining Seattle was at the Saints 10 yard line. Wilson pass was hauled in by a leaping Jermaine Kearse. He landed out of bounds. Saints prevailed 25-20.
It was another nail biter inside the Superdome and this time the New Orleans Saints came out on top. They are now 3 and 4 with a rode game at lowly San Francisco next Sunday.