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Late touchdown pass gives Saints 21-7 lead at half

Jimmy Graham, Miles Burris, Dave Tollefson AP

The Raiders kept the Saints offense in check for much of the first half, but they couldn’t get off the field in time to stop them from taking a two touchdown lead.

Drew Brees hit Lance Moore with a 38-yard touchdown pass with 50 seconds to play in the second quarter, handing the Saints a 21-7 lead right after two defensive plays sparked some hope that they might tie the game before the half. Cornerback Joselio Hanson forced tight end Jimmy Graham to fumble after a catch, but Graham recovered. Brees took an intentional grounding penalty on the next play to set up a long third down that turned into the touchdown to Moore.

Up until that point, the Saints had struggled to generate much offensively after their opening drive ended with a one-yard touchdown pass to Graham. They were able to do enough on the two scoring drives to make up for the lack of production in between.

One thing that could help their defense is the Saints’ loss of right tackle Charles Brown. He was carted off the field with a right knee injury. Zach Strief is inactive, leaving rookie Bryce Harris on the right side and he gave up pressures on his first couple of plays.

The Raiders wouldn’t have needed a hold there to stay within easy striking distance if not for a pair of Carson Palmer interceptions. Malcolm Jenkins took one 55 yards for a touchdown and Roman Harper nabbed the other one in the end zone to end a nine-minute Raiders drive without any points. Marcel Reese has done well on the ground and in the air, but the Raiders will need to cut out the mistakes on offense to have a shot in the second half of this one.

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9 Responses to “Late touchdown pass gives Saints 21-7 lead at half”
  1. kattykathy says: Nov 18, 2012 5:47 PM

    Don’t look now Roger, here come the Saints making a run for the playoffs and Judge Berrigan has her sights aimed right at you.
    How does it feel to be considered one of the biggest morons of all time?

  2. John A. says: Nov 18, 2012 5:52 PM

    Wow… the Raiders are pitiful with Palmer at QB. He’s killing them.

    He’s supposed to make $13 million next year from them. That’s not going to happen.

  3. oaktown22 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:57 PM

    Matt giordano is trouble … How is he even in the nfl he wouldn’t play for any other team

  4. chattanola says: Nov 18, 2012 5:58 PM

    Saints fan here. What’s with the Saints accruing penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct. The excessive celebration, the taunting. Big spenders with the unnecessary penalties today. : (

  5. tennesseeoilers says: Nov 18, 2012 5:59 PM

    Yep, the Saints are starting to play like themselves.

    -Titans Fan

  6. bengalskuta82 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:02 PM

    Call Terrell Pryor and bench Palmer

  7. doe22us says: Nov 18, 2012 6:51 PM

    Palmer has never been the same player since getting hurt during that Steelers game a couple of years back. They dont call him Pick 6 Palmer for nothing.

  8. joetoronto says: Nov 18, 2012 7:52 PM

    Oh ya, Palmer is obviously the problem.

    Other than breaking the franchise record for 16 straight 200+ yard games, 1094 yards in the last 3 weeks and over 3000 yards already this season.

    SMH.

  9. raiderapologist says: Nov 18, 2012 8:44 PM

    Palmer was at fault for that pick 6, but he hit the TE right on the numbers in the end zone on his second pick, and it went right through his hands. Palmer has a good left tackle and Marcel Reece, but nobody else steps up.

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