Saints Score Big Road Win Over Colts, 27-21
The New Orleans Saints recorded a big road win on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Indianapolis Colts, 27-21, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Saints scored the first 27 points of the game, and then held on for the 6-point win, giving them back-to-back wins for the first time since October of 2014.
New Orleans scored the first points of the game, when Khiry Robinson capped off a 10-play, 72-yard drive, with a 1-yard touchdown, plunge, giving them a 7-0 lead at the 2:31 mark of the first quarter.
The touchdown was set up by a 25-yard pass from Luke McCown to Benjamin Watson on a fake field goal.
The Saints, and Robinson, scored again, on the first play of the second period, this time on a 6-yard touchdown run, completing a 5-play, 23-yard drive, to extend their advantage to 14-0.
After the New Orleans defense forced a fumble on the next play from scrimmage, the offense took advantage, scoring on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Michael Hoomanawanui, ending a short 3-play, 27-yard drive.
After a missed conversion, the Saints held a 20-0 lead at the 13:36 mark of the second frame.
New Orleans had a chance to widen the lead with under 3:30 to go in the half, driving inside the Indianapolis 10-yard line.
An interception kept the Saints from getting points however, as they came away empty-handed.
Indianapolis had a chance to score their first points in the final :30 of the half, but the New Orleans defense forced another turnover, this one an interception by Kyle Wilson, as the Saints took a 20-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Saints outgained the Colts, in terms of total yards in the first half, 269-131, including a 150-67 advantage through the air, as well as a 119-64 edge on the ground.
Brees paced New Orleans in the opening half, completing 16-of-26 passes for 130 yards, including a touchdown, while Mark Ingram accumulated 85 rushing yards on 7 carries.
For Indianapolis, quarterback Andrew Luck struggled in the first half, completing only 9-of-19 passes for 79 yards, while being intercepted twice.
The Saints scored the first points of the second half, when Ingram ran one in from 1-yard out, putting the exclamation point on a 6-play, 82-yard drive, giving them 27-unanswered points, and a 27-0 lead at the 10:26 mark of the third quarter.
The Colts finally got on the scoreboard at the 3:42 mark of the third quarter, when Luck hit T.Y. Hilton with a long 87-yard scoring strike, capping off a short 2-play, 87-yard drive, to trim the deficit to 27-7.
Indianapolis got closer with :01 left in the third quarter, when Luck and Hilton hooked up on another long touchdown pass, this one for 46 yards, completing a 3-play, 66-yard drive, to make the score 27-14, a lead the Saints would take into the final quarter.
The Colts made it 27-unanswered points late in the fourth quarter, when Luck threw his third touchdown of the game, this one from 8 yards away, to Donte Moncrief, ending a 7-play, 80-yard drive, to get them to within 6 points, 27-21, with 3:05 remaining.
That was as close as they would get however, as the Saints recovered an attempted on-side kicked, and later picked up a key first down right before the 2:00 warning, before running out the clock, and securing the 6-point win.
New Orleans outgained Indianapolis, in terms of total yards, 449-376, including a 183-75 advantage on the ground, while the Colts finished with a 301-266 edge in passing yards.
Brees led the way for the Saints, completing 28-of-44 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown, while Ingram finished with 143 rushing yards, including a touchdown, on 14 carries.
In a losing cause for the Colts, Luck completed 23-of-44 passes for 333 yards, including three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Hilton caught 4 passes for 150 yards, including two touchdowns.
With the victory, New Orleans improved to 3-4 on the season, while Indianapolis slipped to 3-4.
The Saints return to action next Sunday, when they play host to the New York Giants.