Saints pull out 30-28 victory on final-play, 58-yard field goal

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In the most entertaining game of the NFL season thus far, Deshaun Watson and Drew Brees went back and forth, toe to toe down to the last second.

Saints kicker Wil Lutz had the final say, nailing a 58-yarder with no time left for a dramatic 30-28 victory. Lutz missed a 56-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.

The teams combined for 13 points in the final 50 seconds — two field goals from Lutz with a Texans touchdown in between.

The Saints took a 27-21 lead with 50 seconds remaining on a Lutz 47-yard field goal. The Texans, though, needed only two plays to regain it.

Watson found DeAndre Hopkins for a 38-yard gain and then hit Kenny Stills for a 37-yard touchdown. Ka'imi Fairbairn missed the extra point, which would have left the game tied, but C.J. Gardner-Johnson drew a penalty for roughing the kicker.

Fairbairn made the second attempt, giving the Texans a 28-27 lead with 37 seconds left.

That was enough time for Brees, who threw completions of 15, 11 and 9 yards to get into field goal range.

Brees and Watson were outstanding. Brees completed 32 of 43 passes for 370 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Watson went 20-of-30 for 268 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Watson, though, will feel it tomorrow, taking six sacks and five other hits in the pocket. He was sacked an NFL-high 62 times last season, and despite the trade for left tackle Laremy Tunsil, now is on pace for 96 sacks.

He was injured on his 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter but never missed a play.

49 responses to “Saints pull out 30-28 victory on final-play, 58-yard field goal

  1. They were so worried about giving up the TD that they gave up the FG to lose the game.

    That was a stupid defensive play call.

  2. Heck of a game. Felt bad for Watson. Played hurt all game and thought he won that game to see his defense give it away.

  3. Brees and Payton have gotten lazy and seem to have switched into Manning-mode. Neither of the Mannings had the killer instinct. They would get just a little ahead then play conservative and get beat. Unfortunately, that’s why Belichek will always be the best. No mercy and no fear. Brees should NEVER have let the Texans have the ball back. Got a little lucky tonight.

  4. So on that last pass play when that Saints wr caught that wide open pass, could Houston just have not touched him? Let the clock run off the final 2 seconds? I mean he really wasn’t giving himself up.

  5. What a relief as a Bears fan watching DeShaun Watson play.. to think we almost erred and waited for him to fall right into our lap two years ago. Not falling for the legit, young, uber talented, franchise QB right there for the taking trick, ehh Ryan Pace??

  6. Romeo blew the last defensive call. Brees wasn’t reaching the end zone on the pass, and time would have run out for any inbounds pass between the 20 and the goal line. And why touch the down player? Is there any coaching in this league?

    The smart people blew it for a game Watson.

  7. Tell Meathed that the washed up QB was 32 of 43 for 370 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Drove team for a game winning FG with 37 seconds left to play and one timeout. I guess preseason is not that important to him?

  8. For 35 seconds, twitter was ablaze with Saints fans crying about the refs. That seems to have stopped for now, at least.

  9. Honestly, I don’t understand why the Texans defender touched the receiver down on the last completion by Brees. There was 2 seconds left on the clock when he caught the ball and he was laying on the ground, but untouched. The play was still live at that point.

    All the Texans players had to do was not touch him until 2 more seconds passed, and then finished the play. Instead they ran up and touched him down and ended the play.

    The kick never should have happened.

  10. Reading these dopey posts, i am left to assume that everyone else would be thrilled if their team got screwed out of a super bowl birth by a horrendous non-call and would never ever complain about it.

    Anyway, great game and Watson is a winner… horrendous job by Allen on the last drive though. Horrendous job by Crennel too. But this was by far the most well-played game of week 1.

  11. Whoof. This late game was already going to be dog food. It’s going to look even more crummy now by comparison. And it will last until 1 a.m. ET. I agree with the comment above — all Monday Nighters should end when this one did.

  12. Great ending. Why can’t ALL Monday night games start that early?


    As a resident of the Mountain Time Zone, we have it good with 11am, 2pm, and 6:20pm start times. Those 8:20pm kickoff times must be rough on the east coast.

  13. pmlangan says:
    September 9, 2019 at 10:44 pm
    What a relief, I wasn’t going to be able to take the river of tears all week

    sphincterorleaveher says:
    September 9, 2019 at 10:56 pm
    Does this allow us all a one week runoff on Saints fans whining?


  14. Always fun to see Vikings fans bemoaning a 10 yr old loss on bogus bounty allegation, which somehow convinced Favre to throw across his body and the coach to put 12 men on the field.

  15. Now that is what I call a football game…OUTSTANDING! And, I’m not a fan of either team, just love the game and a genuine 60 minute, all out, ground and pound competition!

  16. On that roughing the kicker penalty, there was barely any contact, and I have seen similar contact when the officials did not make any call. The Texans almost lucked out.

  17. If the Texans just let the clock end then downed him it was over. Did they consult the Lions on how to blow it right before that play? Zim did something very similar to that a couple of years back calling a timeout that gave Matthew Stafford 17 seconds to carve up the secondary, kick a field go. Go to OT. Win it. Makes me sick.

  18. As a Texans fan I was disappointed but encouraged we could play up to par with the saints. We usually get tour he’s going against top qbs. Hopefully we figure out how to protect Watson better because he is unbelievable and I don’t want to see another Andrew Luck retirement.

  19. Some people say that the Texans should have not downed the WR at the end, not touched him. It is obvious that he had given himself up and everyone was calling for a timeout. If a player is in the field of play, goes down, gives himself up and a timeout is called, the clock stops. Saints won. What a great game.

  20. vikesfansteve says:
    September 10, 2019 at 6:47 am
    If the Texans just let the clock end then downed him it was over. Did they consult the Lions on how to blow it right before that play? Zim did something very similar to that a couple of years back calling a timeout that gave Matthew Stafford 17 seconds to carve up the secondary, kick a field go. Go to OT. Win it. Makes me sick.


    This is an obvious case of a player giving himself up. Would have been a huge reffing controversy if refs let the time run out when the Saints’ player is laying on the ground on his own free will.

  21. To all the texans fans and the organization, GOOD GAME. It was fun to watch and you guys offense will be electrifying

  22. Don’t boot the KO into the endzone, they burned no time at all and get it at the 25. Don’t play prevent when they only needed 35 yds for FG range. Horrible Hou coaching….did Watt play? Didn’t see him making any plays.

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