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Patriots Steal Miracle 30-27 Win over Saints

Mike DussaultSenior Analyst IOctober 13, 2013

The 5-1 New England Patriots defeated the 5-1 New Orleans Saints on Sunday, with Tom Brady throwing the game-winning touchdown with just :5 seconds left on the game clock.

It was one of the most impressive moments of Brady's career, when it looked fairly certain he would take a large amount of criticism for the looming loss.

New England took an early 3-0 lead, but the Saints marched down the field on their second drive, capping it with a three-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Travaris Cadet.

The Patriots responded on the next drive, getting two big catches and a drawn pass interference call from Aaron Dobson. Stevan Ridley capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

After another three-and-out by the Saints, the Patriots drove the length of the field, with Ridley once again capping it off with a touchdown, this one from four yards out.

The Patriots defense did a masterful job shutting down Jimmy Graham in the first half, holding him to zero catches.

The Saints opened the second half with a quick drive that ended with another red-zone field goal. On their next drive they would not be denied as Khiry Robinson tied the game with a three-yard touchdown run.

The Patriots broke the momentum with a 54-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. The second half saw the Pats also lose both Aqib Talib and Danny Amendola. New England continues to be hit hard with injuries, to key star players.

A Kyle Arrington interception set the Pats up in the Saints' red zone, but they could not convert a third-and-goal from the four yard line. They settled for a six point lead with just under nine minutes remaining.

The Saints would respond with another touchdown drive with Brees finding Kenny Stills with a 34-yard pass in the end zone.

The Patriots had no response, going four-and-out on their next possession. The defense held the Saints to a field goal, just before the two-minute warning.

It looked like the Saints had wrapped it up, until Tom Brady led a furious 70-yard drive that got them down to the 17-yard-line with :10 to play. He hit Kenbrell Thompkins on the next play for the touchdown, sealing a 30-27 victory for the Pats.

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