Saints hold on for fifth straight with late sack of Locker

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The Saints hadn’t played outdoors since Week Six.

Their offense wasn’t quite as explosive as usual in Tennessee, but New Orleans got the job done with a few big fourth quarter plays. Here’s what we learned in New Orleans’ 22-17 win.

1. This game looked over when the Saints went up 22-10 midway through the fourth quarter. Titans rookie Jake Locker, playing for an injured Matt Hasselbeck, managed to get the Titans in position to win with the ball on the five-yard line with seven seconds left.

2. Unfortunately, the game ended on a “rookie mistake” by Locker. He dropped back to pass and couldn’t find anyone open. He scrambled to his right, didn’t get rid of the ball, and tried to change directions before getting sacked by JoLonn Dunbar to end the game.

Locker had his moments in the game, but he has to give some receiver a chance to make a play. It looked like Jared Cook — who Locker was looking right at — had a chance to box out the defender on his hip. Call it a learning experience.

3. Locker showed some toughness after taking a massive hit from Roman Harper. He had to leave for a play, but returned quickly. (Hasselbeck was able to take that snap and completed a pass, indicating he may be able to start next week.)

4. The Saints offense was content to dink and dunk all day. They only had nine points heading into the fourth quarter, but Drew Brees hit Marques Colston for two big pass plays in the fourth quarter.  New Orleans just doesn’t have the same offense on the road on grass, but they got the job done Sunday.

5. Chris Johnson had another weak effort. He put up 23 yards on 11 rushes. He had a ton of open field space late in the game on a reception and couldn’t make Malcom Jenkins miss. It was a wildly tentative play that came up a yard short of the first down. The Titans didn’t wind up getting a first down.

6. The Saints are cruising to the NFC South title at 10-3. They have won five straight games, four against teams that had winning records at the time.

7. The Titans, now 7-6, will probably have to win out to make the playoffs. The Texans have won the AFC South.

18 responses to “Saints hold on for fifth straight with late sack of Locker

  1. The saints game was like the Kahn/ peterson fight last night. Why are the Saints DBs allowed to tackle both receivers at the end of the game before the ball is thrown with no call?

    this is the forth game this year the officials single handedly won for the Saints.

    Looks like Goodell wants ” saints/ Packers” in the championship game after the lockuout, even if the Saints need ALOT of help to get there.

    The NFL is becoming Pro wrestling.

  2. This may be a bit off the subject, but how silly do the “Hogettes” in Washington look?

    They kept showing them during the game…

    Maybe if the Skins were a halfway decent team they might not look so silly

  3. They should have saved the timeouts and kicked the field goal with over 2 minutes left.

    It pulls them within 2 and then let the defense play and get the ball back and kick a game winning TD.

    Bad game management by Munchak

  4. Worst officiated game I have ever seen. Took a clear TD away from Graham, even after the review showed he had a knee and both feet down in bounds. So many weak holding penalties but the calls went both ways. Mike Carey’s crew is hands down the worst in the league.

  5. steviaquinn says:Dec 11, 2011 5:17 PM

    The saints game was like the Kahn/ peterson fight last night. Why are the Saints DBs allowed to tackle both receivers at the end of the game before the ball is thrown with no call?

    this is the forth game this year the officials single handedly won for the Saints.

    Looks like Goodell wants ” saints/ Packers” in the championship game after the lockuout, even if the Saints need ALOT of help to get there.

    The NFL is becoming Pro wrestling.
    ———————————————————-Are you out of your mind?? Why was a holding flag thrown on Sproles punt return TD AFTER he was in the end zone, when the play happened before the ball was kicked? How in the world was Grahams TD not a TD? How the hell does the QB get called for a false start? Bushrod was standing like a stone and got called for a false start… I love how you tools have to blame refs for your team not winning

  6. Steviaquinn posted the exact same thing in another thread. Obviously only saw the last few minutes of the game if you really think the refs called this game for the Saints. Numerous penalties on the Saints and both challenges made – close calls – went against the Saints. Two Saints TDs negated from ref calls. Yeah, what a fix.

  7. steviaquinn says: Dec 11, 2011 5:17 PM

    The saints game was like the Kahn/ peterson fight last night. Why are the Saints DBs allowed to tackle both receivers at the end of the game before the ball is thrown with no call?

    this is the forth game this year the officials single handedly won for the Saints.

    Looks like Goodell wants ” saints/ Packers” in the championship game after the lockuout, even if the Saints need ALOT of help to get there.

    The NFL is becoming Pro wrestling.
    ————————————————–
    I thought i remembered u- r u still one of those
    angered vikings fans from a couple years ago. Please move on, even pervy has!!!

  8. @steviaquinn

    Stop judging an entire game off of one play.
    Comparing the NFL to redzone? Calling it a conspiracy? :sigh:
    Turn off NFL redzone and put in the time to watch an entire game, otherwise, your drive by opinion is useless to all life on earth.

  9. Looks like the real Chris Johnson is back again. He had a few good games to remind us of what he is paid to be, but then he showed us again today who he really is. B-U-S-T.

  10. @dmp5687

    I notice you post the same way on several different articles saying “laws”. At first I thought you were trying to be cute but now I think you’re being serious and you’re not as bright as I first gave you credit.
    My apologies for overestimating your intelligence. Won’t happen again.

  11. Worse officiating I have seen in the NFL. Grahams TD was just that a TD- yet it was taken away. The TD given to the Titans when he went out of bounds at the 1/2 yard down clearly shows he never crossed the pylon – yet they got 6 points. Brees got hit after he released the ball – no flag, yet if when the Saints ran into Locker they get flagged 15 yards for unnessary roughness. A QB gets flagged for excessive movement – For crying out loud, it was clear the refs were pulling for the Titans, only thing they couldn’t stop the clock to give the Titans more time so the clock did em in. The league should start fining the refs for every bad call they make – bet they would stop that crap.

  12. I thought I heard somewhere that if the qb leaves the pocket they then become a runner and if he becomes the runner corners can do Wat the want to the wide outs. I coul be wrong but that is Wat I heard on some network. Cause u can see pretty much every wideout was getting man handled once locker left the pocket. That was a very bad officiating job that was done during the game. Coaches, players and the media should be allowed to criticize the officiating without fear of being reprimanded.

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