An inspired New Orleans Saints football team ultimately pulled away from the Los Angeles Rams in the second half and coasted under the win column. New Orleans held a 27-21 advantage at halftime.
Quarterback Drew Brees assaulted the Rams secondary for 310 yards and 4 touchdowns. Rookie Michael Thomas hauled in 9 passes for 108 yards and touchdown receptions of 6 and 21 yards.
Brees has now thrown for 30 touchdowns passes this season, matching that total for the ninth time in his career, tying Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as only the third player to have nine seasons of at least 30 touchdown passes. He holds the NFL record for accomplishing that feat in nine- consecutive seasons.
Brees said, "Man you know you've got to be your best. You've got to be on point. I felt like in every phase, run game, pass game, everybody was tuned-in locked-in and we were able to be pretty effective in everything we needed to do."
The Saints came up with a little something special for Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who along with Sean Payton were suspended for the 2012 season for the so-called Bounty Gate affair.
Wide receiver Willie Snead a former high school quarterback, launched a 50-yard touchdown pass to running back Tim Hightower and the rout was on.
"The last time I threw a ball was my senior year of high school, "said Snead. "So, I felt really good to throw a football and throw a touchdown like that."
Coach Payton said they had been working on the Snead pass in practice.
"There are tendencies and it had been installed earlier in the week and just coming up at the right time, "said Payton. "I thought Tim Hightower did a good job of chasing it down. We had that play seven or eight years ago, and every time we wanted to run it at practice, Marques Colston would go to the restroom, he wasn't really excited about it. He had a good arm, he wasn't really excited about it and then Lance Moore tried it one year and about three different guys intercepted it in practice."
Running back Mark Ingram was tenacious in the way he rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown. He also added grabbed a touchdown reception. The Saints piled up 555 yards of offense.
Payton said, "He played well. He ran hard and had some big, explosive runs. It was good to see. It was good to see the offensive line, who I thought won the battle up front, clearly."
For the first time this season inside the Mecedes-Benz Superdome the New Orleans Saints had an easy win as they take down the L-A Rams 49 to 21. New Orleans improved to 5 and 6 on the season, two games behind the 7 and 4 Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South Division standings. Tampa Bay sits in second-place with 6 wins and 5 defeats.
New Orleans will be back inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome next Sunday hosting the Detroit Lions.
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