1:00 PM ET, December 17, 2006
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints returned to their lockers to find hats and T-shirts commemorating the franchise's first playoff berth since 2000.
The Redskins' defense did an outstanding job of disrupting the rhythm and flow of the Saints' offensive schemes. Defensive coordinator Greg Williams should get a tremendous amount of credit for using an assortment of blitz schemes that placed a lot of pressure on QB Drew Brees (above). The Redskins were very physical on the back end with their coverage schemes, which took away the explosive elements in the Saints' passing attack.
Redskins QB Jason Campbell relied on RB Ladell Betts (119 yards). The Redskins' offensive line controlled the line and didn't allow the Saints to disrupt the flow of their rushing attack. Campbell showed a lot of poise in the pocket by taking advantage of the soft areas in the Saints' zone defenses, especially down the middle.
Reggie Bush caught five passes in the Saints' 16-10 loss to the Redskins, raising his total this season to 84 pass receptions, a new NFL record for a rookie running back. The previous mark was 83 by Earl Cooper of the 49ers in 1980. Cooper was converted to a tight end later in his career.
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Cooley finished with 80 yards on four receptions. ... The Saints played without receiver Joe Horn (groin), who missed his second straight game, as well as starting safety Omar Stoutmire and tight end Mark Campbell, who both had minor knee injuries in a victory over Dallas a week ago. ... Betts has rushed for 549 yards in his last four games.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.9||4.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||4:34||Shaun Suisham 37 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 52 yds, 4:34
|TD||13:19||Santana Moss 31 Yd Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 80 yds, 2:01
|TD||5:46||Deuce Mcallister 1 Yd Run (John Carney Kick) |
Drive: 13 plays, 80 yds, 7:27
|FG||9:50||Shaun Suisham 37 Yd |
Drive: 9 plays, 60 yds, 4:04
|FG||1:34||John Carney 41 Yd |
Drive: 11 plays, 56 yds, 5:16
|FG||10:45||Shaun Suisham 22 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 61 yds, 6:09