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Saints fall in overtime in home opener

C.J. Gardner-Johnson and P.J. Williams celebrate a big defensive play at New England. (Source:...
C.J. Gardner-Johnson and P.J. Williams celebrate a big defensive play at New England. (Source: Michael Nance)(Michael Nance)
Published: Oct. 3, 2021 at 5:24 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Saquon Barkley ran for a 6-yard touchdown in overtime after Daniel Jones passed for a career- best 402 yards, and the New York Giants rallied for their first win of the season, 27-21 over the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints were playing in New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Ida struck on Aug. 29 and led 21-10 in the fourth quarter after Taysom Hill’s second touchdown run.

But Jones and Barkley combined for a 54-yard touchdown pass that ignited the Giants’ comeback. Graham Gano’s 48-yard field goal tied it with 31 seconds left in regulation.

“We didn’t feel like when we came into this game we were seeing a 0-3 team. We saw how well they played against Atlanta and Washington. There were a number of things we’re going to watch on the tape that we liked and did well,” said head coach Sean Payton. “Then there are a number of things that we’re going to want to get corrected. Anytime you have a game that goes into overtime where you lead for most of the game and then lose, it’s frustrating.”

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