Gus Kattengell’s Saints Report: Win Over Texans
The New Orleans Saints improved to 2-1 on Sunday, winning a shootout with the Houston Texans. The 40-33 win, as thrilling as it was seemed secondary, before, and after the game, however, thanks to former Saint Steve Gleason. Gleason, a retired former New Orleans Saints special teams captain who revealed that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare terminal disease that damages the nerves that control voluntary muscle movement, served as the Saints' honorary captain Sunday against the Houston Texans at the Superdome.
Sunday marked the 5th anniversary of the reopening of the Dome, a game that saw the Saints beat the Falcons, but got started early with Gleason blocking an Atlanta punt in the games' opening possession, sending the sellout crowd into a tearful frenzy.
The sellout crowd and team played inspired football Sunday, as quarterback Drew Brees details in his post game remarks about what it meant to have the man all Saints will remember as having the biggest punt block in team history, be apart of the game.
As for the game, it was all Houston in the first half still the Saints battled to only be down 16-10. Brees says the team never gave up and knew if they played more soundly, things would turn around.
The Saints offense would find its rhythm in the second half, and tight end Jimmy Graham who had a touchdown in the game, says the offense definitely clicked better after halftime.
Bottom line it wasn't pretty defensively at times but in the locker room the team was proud of how the team fought for its second win of the season. Head Coach Sean Payton says there are Gamedays where you simply have to find a way to win.