Watson shines, but Texans have problems to fix after loss
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson did it all for the Houston Texans in their opener against New Orleans, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another one.
Lutz’s 58-yard field goal lifts Saints over Texans, 30-28
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and Wil Lutz supplied the accuracy and poise New Orleans needed to overcome another officiating gaffe and its defense's late collapse.
Watt criticizes Texans defense after opening loss
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans appeared poised several times to open the season with a victory over the favored New Orleans Saints in the Superdome.
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Blown call, Zuerlein’s 57-yard FG send Rams to Super Bowl
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl.
After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday — an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation.
Saints get revenge for ‘miracle’ in 30-20 win over Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No miraculous play was needed for New Orleans to win this game in Minnesota, no where-were-you moment that instantly went viral.
Drew Brees and the Saints simply scored some revenge for their last-second loss in the playoffs last season by taking advantage of two key turnovers, including a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by P.J. Williams, in a 30-20 victory over the Vikings on Sunday night.
Kamara runs for 3 second-half TDs, Saints beat Giants 33-18
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — In a game when Drew Brees didn't throw a touchdown and NFL leading receiver Michael Thomas was limited to four catches, the New Orleans Saints won with other options — Alvin Kamara and a defense that didn't live up to its much-maligned status.
Saints narrowly prolong Browns’ winless streak 21-18
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed less than 10 minutes to obliterate what looked like a milestone victory for the seemingly cursed Cleveland Browns.
Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds left, Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of his two missed field goals wide right in the final seconds, and the Saints held on for a 21-18 victory that extended the Browns' winless streak to 19 games.
Gordon decision, Gonzalez misses, add to Browns’ misfortune
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A day after deciding to move on from troubled receiver Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns now have cause to consider cutting loose their kicker, too.
The Browns were kicking themselves after yet another missed opportunity Sunday, losing 21-18 to the Saints in no small part because Zane Gonzalez missed two field goals and two extra points.
Another blocked kick, more ‘catastrophic’ results for Saints
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — If the New Orleans Saints hope to make a run at the playoffs they'll first need to figure out how to kick the football through the uprights.
Seems pretty simple, right?
And yet for the second straight week, disaster struck when rookie kicker Wil Lutz walked on the field.
Denver defense opportunistic in 25-23 triumph over Saints
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Broncos safety Darian Stewart was in the right place at the right time, as Denver defenders often seem to be.
Shutting down quarterback Drew Brees for four quarters was always going to be a tall order, particularly with starting quarterback Aqib Talib and starting defensive end Derek Wolfe injured. Still, Denver's dynamic defense produced four pivotal turnovers in a wild 25-23 victory over the previously surging Saints on Sunday.
Blocked point-after kick lifts Broncos past Saints, 25-23
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Justin Simmons' perfectly timed leap over Saints long snapper Justin Drescher brought the celebration inside the Superdome to a stunning halt, and sent the Broncos galloping the other way for a first-of-its kind victory.
Just like Denver drew it up.
Will Parks scooped up Simmons' smothering block of Wil Lutz's point-after kick and ran 84 yards for a defensive 2-point conversion that lifted Denver to a wild 25-23 victory over the Saints on Sunday.
Newton looks fine, Panthers do not in loss to Saints
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least Cam Newton looks fine.
Unfortunately for the star quarterback and the rest of the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers, their 2016 season is unraveling as they head into their bye week at 1-5 and alone in last place in the NFC South.
"It's not like we wanted to start the season, but we have a bunch of guys that play hard," Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said. "We're going to work our butts off this week and the rest of the season to try to get some wins."
Brees leads Saints past slumping Panthers, 41-38
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After Drew Brees broke another NFL record with his latest 400-plus-yard passing performance, he stood on a podium and moved his right hand in an ascending motion while discussing the direction of the New Orleans Saints.
"We want to be on this trajectory," Brees said as he moved his hand up and away from his body. "I feel like we are."
Carr, Raiders rally to beat Saints 35-34
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oakland gambled with a 2-point conversion that Derek Carr converted with a pass to Michael Crabtree for the winning points with 47 seconds left to help the Raiders beat the New Orleans Saints 35-34 on Sunday.
Carr hit Seth Roberts for a 10-yard touchdown setting up the gutsy call by second-year Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.
Saints change kickers, make several other roster moves
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have changed kickers, cutting veteran Kai Forbath on Tuesday and signing Wil Lutz, a rookie who spent the preseason with Baltimore.
Lutz was a four-year kicker at Georgia State, where he also handled punts his senior season and was nominated for the Ray Guy Award.
The move comes days after it appeared that Forbath, who took over as the Saints' place kicker last season, had won a preseason competition with Connor Barth for his job.