When the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game versus the Houston Texans began, the immediate future for the New Orleans Saints was not looking so hot. Down 19-17 heading into the final period, the Texans scored quickly and made it 26-17 seemingly putting the game out of reach. It was then that Drew Brees and the rest of the black and gold stepped up in a big way.
With 11:20 showing on the clock, the Saints took over on the 49-yard line of Houston after a Jabari Greer interception. From that point on, they outscored the Texans 23-7 en route to a 40-33 victory in the most unlikely of fashions. Well, unlikely for others around the league, but rather common for these Saints and the Who Dat Nation.
Houston Texans 4th-quarter stats:
- Number of possessions – 4
- Net yards gained – 70
- Time of possession – 5:03
- Points scored – 7
New Orleans Saints 4th-quarter stats:
- Number of possessions – 5
- Net yards gained – 201
- Time of possession – 9:57
- Points scored – 23 (3 TDs and 2 two-point conversions)
While those stats may look totally lopsided, they are. While those stats may look quite amazing for the Saints, they are. But it’s looking at some of the other statistics that really blow you away.
The Saints’ longest possession in the fourth quarter was one that lasted two minutes and 33 seconds. It consiisted of five plays for seven yards and ended with a punt. On the Saints’ three scoring drives, they held ball for no longer than two minutes.
Making matters even more impressive was the game-winning touchdown drive that saw the Saints have to go 93 yards and get in the end zone because a field goal would do no good. That drive last eight plays and took a mere 1:26 off the clock.
New Orleans seemed to be able to do all the things in the fourth quarter that they couldn’t get done throughout the first three-fourths of the game. None the less, it led up to a victory and a lot more stress on the heart and souls of the Saints fans.
One thing is certain though after being present in the Superdome on Sunday and its that crowd noise truly is a factor. Football experts always talk abotu home-field advantage and wonder if crowd noise makes any sort of difference, well let me tell you that it does.
When the Superdome got to its loudest point all day, the Texans had their worst drive gaining zero yards on three plays and ending with an interception. Then getting even louder near the end of the game, the Texans played even worse losing 11 yards and turning the ball over on downs to finish the day out.
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