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Saints go marchin’ on Steelers



Published: Mon, November 1, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS

For one night, the New Orleans Saints found a cure for their Super Bowl hangover.

Drew Brees passed for 305 yards and two touchdowns and the Saints defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-10 on Sunday night.

Brees was 20 of 22 for 191 yards in the second half, breaking open a defensive struggle in which no team scored a touchdown through the first three quarters.

Brees’ first TD went to Marques Colston for 16 yards and the second went for 8 yards to Lance Moore with 2:37 left.

Leigh Torrence then intercepted Ben Roethlisberger to seal it for the Saints (5-3).

Rashard Mendenhall had the only touchdown for Pittsburgh (5-2) on a 38-yard run in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger was 17 of 28 for 195 yards in a matchup of the past two Super Bowl champs.

The Saints struggled to run on a Steelers defense that came in ranked first in the NFL against the run and allowed New Orleans only 30 yards on the ground.

The Saints tried some trickery, to no avail. When they switched from a field goal to a passing alignment with backup quarterback Chase Daniel in the shotgun formation, Pittsburgh called timeout, and New Orleans decided to settle for Garrett Hartley’s 31-yard field goal to tie the game at 3.

In the third quarter, right tackle Zach Strief, who had reported as an eligible receiver, was wide open in the end zone, but was backpedaling and unable to jump high enough to snag a short pass Brees lobbed over his head. Again, New Orleans had to settle for a field goal to go up 6-3.

Late in the third quarter, the Saints ran a reverse in which it appeared Colston was supposed to pass. He bobbled the exchange, however, and decided to run with it for a minimal gain. The receiver redeemed himself later on that drive when he hauled in a 16-yard touchdown, running for the last few yards and reaching to get the ball over the pylon before he was bumped out of bounds.

The play capped a 10-play, 59-yard drive for the game’s first touchdown, giving New Orleans a 13-3 lead.


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1MLC(52 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The Suckburgh Squealers are just what the Saints needed.WHO DAT !!

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2paulydel(1307 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm glad the Saints won but it sounds like their running game needs a lot of work.

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3steelcurtain(9 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Hey PenguinBird, Where are you? last weekend, you posted stupid comments on here about the Browns beating the Saints, and now you are nowhere to be found after the Steelers LOST to the Saints. WHERE ARE YOU PENGUINBIRD???????? WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE FOR LOSING TO THE SAINTS?????

Love the Steelers!!!!

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4Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Aww come on it's sports,..

The game we saw between the Saint's and Steelers was real football. Which was different than when the Saints entertained the Browns so lets realize that.

Where a couple plays determined the winner or loser between the Steelers and Saints. Against the Browns the Saint's were scripted to let the Browns win. Because along with plummeting support the stadium was emptying in Cleveland and it's bad for the stability of the league.

Try explaining a super bowl QB Drew Brees, somehow and suddenly having the worst day in his entire college and pro career against the then 1-5 Browns? The Browns pass defense was ranked like 29th or 31st in a 32 team league. But at 1-5 there was a dire need to give their fans something. So in an away game those 4 INT's by a Drew Brees were absolute WWF type gimme's to give the Browns ticket sales a boost.

The NFL is a business fueled by collective fan support. Thus where not all games are manipulated in the way the Saint's -vs- Browns was. But for entertainment and to avert total fan rebellion for outfit's like the Brown's. That auspicious " win " against the Saint's had to be orchestrated.

See unlike the Saint's, Steelers, Patriots, Ravens and other top notch teams. The Browns are so non-competitive and playoff unrealistic they won't win better than 3 games this entire football season.

So with trying to sell a ticket to that kind of outfit. The Saint's donated a game and with New England coming up next. The Patriots don't have to have the win and very well may be the other big name team scripted to give the Browns another one { or just not blow them out for real }.

The Browns are so mismanaged, ill coached and misguided. They'll be selecting in the top 5 in the NFL draft again. As a routine means of using the over-hype of drafted hopefuls to sell tickets,.. over and over again.

Unlike the Browns with teams like the Steelers, the best players get signed, drafted and play. To include the best coaches get selected to coach. Where as a result a outfit like the Browns doesn't belong in the same league or mentioned in the same breathe with them.

IT'S HISTORIC:

Al Lerner?,.. Chris Palmer?,.. Carmen Policy?,. Tim Couch?,.. Butch Davis?,.. Randy Lerner?,..Phil Savage?,..Jake Delhomme?,...Eric Mangini,.. Mike Holmgren?,.. Colt McCoy? { and expect to win? },.. GET REAL !!!

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5valleymom(38 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Still more wins than the Clowns!!!!!!!

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6MLC(52 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

SUCKBURGH WILL ALWAYS BE SUCKBURGH !!

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7Ctown(115 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Nunya,

I think you've gone out of your mind. Give the Browns credit.....upsets happen and it was just their day last week. If they played the Saints 10 times the Saints would win 8 of the games but last week the Browns rose up. The Saints are not going to blow a game when they are already behind Tampa and Atlanta in the standings. Even if they were in first place, they would be trying to win to keep the home field advantage for the playoffs. The same holds true for New England...why would they lose and possibly have the second best record in the AFC? If this happened, they would have to go on the road in the playoffs in the final round if the first seed was still in it. Like I said above, upsets happen and give the Browns credit for playing a good game last week. Just because the Steelers couldn't get it done does not mean you have to ridicule the Browns effort. Lastly, remember the Browns upsetting the Steelers last year? If the Steelers would have won that game they would have had enough wins to get into the playoffs as they went on a nice run at year end. Are you going to tell me that the Steelers let the Browns win? Of course not, upsets happen every week in the NFL and in college. Stick to talking about subjects like the city of Campbell and the city of Youngstown.....you are clueless when it comes to the NFL.

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8mrblue(999 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Like the saying goes------------ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAY.

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9DogPound(27 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Let us be reminded the Saints were without Reggie Bush and their starting HB Pierre Thomas. Not to mention both of their starting cb's were out! Not to shabby for the Saints! Pitt did not come to play and NO was angry from last weeks loss to the Browns (kudos on that win). Saints D always creates turnovers at crucial times during the game and Pitt fell into that trap. Watch them reel off a series of wins now..

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10Nunya(1356 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Tell em again DogPound

Even without the electrifying Reggie Bush and those starting DB's. The Browns offense looked like a pop gun and Colt McCoy looked like a high schooler managing only 75 yards, no down the field threat and no TD's.

To give the Browns the " win " Drew Brees, had to resort to lobbing 4 gimme INT's and even a fumble to play to the Browns won another one script,.. LMAO !!!

Where unlike the Browns the Steelers are a real football team and with the lay down script off. Drew Brees and that Saints defense played real football and Ben Roethlisberger blew it.

I can accept that loss because the game wasn't fixed and if they face each other again in the Superbowl. It'll be a good one and either team can win it.

The Browns not only aren't in that championship picture. But that 30-17 staged game the Saints were scripted to give the Browns was clearly to help the Browns ticket sales.

We've all seen those teams play and no way does the hapless Browns. Even remotely stay on the field with a team like the Saints or Steelers if they're playing for real.

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11steelcurtain(9 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Nunya,
Are you confused about what dogpound wrote or is it me? He's ripping on the Steelers for being a healthy team, where the Saints are beat up, and the Steelers still LOST. Go back and read his post!!!!

Dude, you're trying to defend a loss with nothing to back it up. the Steelers LOST in New Orleans and the Browns WON the week before in New Orleans. IT WASN'T FIXED, YOU DIRT BAG. Face it, YOU AND THE TURD (PENGUINSBIRD) are really intellectual idiots with the crap you write on here and have to come up with an excuse everytime the Steelers lose or an excuse when the Browns win. You're a TURD, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You and Penguinsbird are a sad example of being Steelers fans with your constant negative posts. Go away!!!!!!!

Love the Steelers!!!!!!!!

Go Steelers!!!!!!!

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12Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The Steelers lost because they weren't prepared for the Saints D schemes, noise level, not being able to score on the inch line, missed assignments (both offensive and defensive) and the Saints did come prepared.

Fixed? Get real. Last week, the Browns came prepared and the Saints weren't (just like the Browns/Steelers game last year). The Saints fans booed them at halftime. And thinking the game was fixed for ticket sales? Serious? The game wasn't even in Cleveland to go that route so how would that help ticket sales? You must be one of those fair weathered fans that have no excuse being fans.

Just like mrblue said:
Any given Sunday.....

Now we have to prepare for Cincinnati on Monday Night and need to get a win.

Go Steelers!

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13DogPound(27 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

You had a feeling the Saints were going to come out with a little bit of swaggar' for this game. They had everything going there way.. Not expected to win by majority, halloween night in NOLA (which is crazy lemme tell you) and key players missing. Brees did what he had to but give some credit to the Saints D. Minus Mendenhalls big run, there was no other big play I can think of that they gave up. Steelers better not overlook Cincy, seeing the Pats coming to town in 2 weeks!

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