Pierre Thomas Shines As Saints Win In K.C., 30-20

Bleacher ReportAnalyst INovember 17, 2008

With the injuries of Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister last year, rookie Pierre Thomas was a bright spot at the running back position for the Saints, and yesterday was no exception.

Thomas carried the ball 16 times for 88 yards and a touchdown, his longest run of the day being 16 yards. He also caught 4 passes for 56 yards as the Saints beat the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, 30-20.

Drew Brees completed 25 of 36 passes for 266 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. His favorite receiver was Lance Moore, who caught 8 passes for 102 yards. Moore also caught the Brees' longest pass of the day, which was a 47-yard touchdown.

Also in the receiving department: Tight end Jeremy Shockey caught 6 passes for 39 yards and Marques Colston caught 3 passes for 30 yards.

Deuce McAllister carried the ball 8 times for 18 yards and a score.

The Saints also played well on the defensive side. The leading tackler for the Saints was safety Roman Harper, who recorded 9 tackles and 1 assist. Scott Fujita had 8 tackles, 1 assist, and he also forced a fumble. Cornerback Usama Young intercepted a pass from Chiefs' quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

The Saints' new kicker, Greg Hartley, made 3 field goals and remains perfect as a Saint.

Scoring Summary

The first quarter scoring started out with Tyler Thigpen hitting Dwayne Bowe in the end zone with a six yard pass. The Saints kicked a field goal and the Chiefs led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Deuce McAllister found the end zone from a yard out. Both teams then exchanged field goals. At the half, the Saints led the game 13-10.

The first score of the second half was a 47-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Lance Moore. The Chiefs kicked a field goal, and then Pierre Thomas scored on a one yard run. At the end of the third quarter, the Saints led 27-13.

In the fourth quarter, Thigpen once again found Bowe in the end zone, this time from five yards out. The Saints kicked a field goal, and won with a final score of 30-20.

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