Down 15 with 3 minutes to go: How Saints claimed unlikely victory over Washington
The New Orleans Saints defeated the Washington Redskins 34-31 in overtime Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Here’s a look at the unlikely and dramatic finish:
With 2 minutes and 53 seconds left, the Saints scored on a 3-yard Drew Brees pass to Josh Hill to cut Washington’s lead to 8 points at 31-23. The ensuing kickoff to the Redskins set up the Redskins for a possibly game-sealing drive. And then this happened:
1. THREE AND OUT: Washington went 8 yards in three plays, including a third-down run that lost a yard and forced a Redskins punt to the Saints 13.
2. INTERCEPTION OVERTURNED: With 1:53 to go, Saints QB Drew Brees was picked off in an interception that was overturned by a Redskins penalty for illegal use of hands.
3. KAMARA SCORES: The offense then drove down to the Redskins 18 where, with 1:05 left in the game, Brees passed to Alvin Kamara, who juggled the ball before gaining control and charging into the end zone to make it 31-29.
4. TWO-POINT CONVERSION: The Saints went back to Kamara for the 2-point conversion as he rushed around the left side into the end zone to tie the game at 31.
5. DEFENSIVE STAND: After a touchback, the Redskins drove to the New Orleans 34 yard line with 39 seconds to go. An intentional-grounding penalty pushed them back 10 yards, then a sack and fumble ended the threat as the fourth quarter came to an end.
6. THREE AND OUT (AGAIN): After receiving the overtime kickoff, Washington lost 10 yards on two incomplete passes and a sack, forcing the Redskins to punt.
7. FIELD GOAL WINS IT IN OT: The Saints went 51 yards in two Mark Ingram runs, capping the drive with a game-winning 28-yard Wil Lutz field goal.