NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - Denver led 10-3 at the half and could have enjoyed a larger margin, but the Saints defense stood tall to keep New Orleans in the game.
On the day, Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian passed for 258 yards, tossed two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a tough first-half but would rally New Orleans in the second half.
He tossed two touchdowns to Willie Snead. The first one in the third quarter that tied the game 10-all and the second one in the fourth quarter that propelled New Orleans in front 17-10.
Momentum swung back to Denver, Siemian tossed a 2-yard touchdown strike to a leaping DeMaryrius Thomas that tied the game at 17.
Brees and company didn't quit. He completed 21 of 29 attempts for 303 yards a three touchdowns, including a perfect 32 yard strike to Brandin Cooks with 1:28 remaining.
Saints lined-up for the point-after-attempt, Denver's Justin Simmons leaped over the offensive line to block the kick, Will Parks scooped up the football and raced 84 yards for a defensive-2-point conversion 25-23 Broncos. So, instead of a 24-23 victory, Denver pulled out the win.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said the play was legal. "In order to to make it illegal, the center has to rise up a little bit and catch some contact, the player that's jumping," stated Payton. "We should have been able to see that."
Brees admitted you can't turn the ball over four times and expect to win. Brees threw two interceptions and rookie receiver Michael Thomas fumbled twice. Despite those turnovers, the Saints still had a shot at winning the game, until that blocked point after touchdown attempt.
Brees said, "Man it's tough. Tough to play a game like that on both sides of the ball and fight the way we all did and for it to come down to something like that."
"It's going to hurt for 24 hours but I think once Tuesday we'll be ready and ready to go for Thursday, "said Willie Snead.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome use to be a big home field advantage for the New Orleans Saints. But that's no longer the case. After five home games, the Saints drop to 2 and 3.
The Saints fall to 4 and 5 on the season after the heart-breaking setback and won't have much time to quell on the loss. New Orleans travels to Carolina on Thursday. The Panthers dropped a 20-17 decision to Kansas City on Sunday. That drops Carolina to 3 and 6. Tampa Bay is tied with New Orleans for second-place in the NFC South Division standings. The Bucs beat Chicago 36-10 on Sunday. Atlanta leads the South Division with 6 wins and 4 losses after a 24-15 loss to Philadelphia.