Saints
Broncos
32 - 34 Final
  for this game

Broncos survive comeback by Saints

Sep 22, 2008 - 1:15 AM By Tony Desiere PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

DENVER (Ticker) -- Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes to lift the Denver Broncos to a 34-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in another offensive shootout at Invesco Field.

Cutler was 21-of-34 for 264 yards as Denver improved to 3-0 and survived a stirring finish for the second straight week.

"We've been playing on the edge lately," Cutler said. "We can't keep doing this. We are getting lucky at the end there and we have to go back and watch the film and get better."

"The bottom line, you have to find a way to win," Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said. "We found a way to win. It was a very tight football game."

Brandon Marshall, who set a franchise record last week with 18 catches, had six catches for 155 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos.

"We thought they would go cover-eight, which is what they've been doing," Marshall said. "They switched it up on us and did a cover-six. I'm glad we have Jay (Cutler), who recognizes where to go with the ball and when."

Martin Gramatica missed a 43-yard field goal with just under two minutes remaining that would have given New Orleans (1-2) the lead.

With Denver holding a 34-32 lead, the Saints caught a huge break late in the fourth quarter when tight end Tony Scheffler fumbled at the 5-yard line. New Orleans recovered and marched down to the Broncos 25-yard line, where Gramatica's go-ahead field goal attempt went wide right.

"We had a chance and the opportunity, and it's disappointing," said Saints coach Sean Payton. "There is nothing else to say. He missed it."

The Saints racked up 500 yards of offense, with Drew Brees completing 38-for-46 for 419 yards and a touchdown. Pierre Thomas rushed for two touchdowns while Reggie Bush had 73 yards on 18 carries. Bush also had 71 yards on 10 catches.

"Our philosophy is always take care of the ball," Brees said. "That's number one and getting the ball to our playmakers is number two. For the most part I think we did that."

"I think all of us got the feel for how this game was going back and forth," Payton said. "I thought both defenses got tired. You could see that. It became much like an Arena ballgame."

After cutting the deficit to 34-32 on Thomas' 10-yard scoring run with 10:09 to play, the Saints missed the tying two-point conversion attempt as Brees failed to connect with Bush.

Denver rushed out to an early 21-3 lead after Broncos linebacker Nate Webster returned a Bush fumble 25 yards for a touchdown.

New Orleans answered with two touchdowns in under three minutes, as Thomas finished a 10-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. After Cutler threw an interception, the Saints scored again on a 23-yard run by Bush.

"It's frustrating to score 32 points and lose, especially in the NFL," Bush said. "I didn't expect it to be 34-32 but I thought it would be high scoring."

Trailing, 24-17, New Orleans had a chance to tie the game just before halftime but failed to score from the 1-yard line on three straight running plays. After Denver took over from their own 1 on downs, Sedrick Ellis and Charles Grant tackled Andre Hall in the end zone for a safety to trim the lead to 24-19 at halftime.

"You've got to score," Brees said. "We had it from the one on three straight plays. The coaching staff should be able to ask us to get one yard and for us to convert."








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 3 16 7 6 32
    DENVER 14 10 10 0 34 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - TD, NATE JACKSON 1 YD PASS FROM JAY
    CUTLER (MATT PRATER KICK), 5:59.
    Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards in 4:29.
    Key plays: Pittman 2-yard run on
    3rd-and-1 to New Orleans 34; Cutler
    17-yard pas

    Sep 21 7:22 PM
  • 152
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 18 roots (Close Finish)

    Saints 32, Broncos 34  4th - 0:08Sep 21 7:20 PM
  • 118
    roots
    bouch Added 5 roots

    Saints 32, Broncos 34  4th - 3:20Sep 21 7:14 PM
  • 134
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 16 roots (Close Finish)

    Saints 32, Broncos 34  4th - 2:00Sep 21 7:14 PM
  • 113
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 39 roots (Close Finish)

    Saints 32, Broncos 34  4th - 3:20Sep 21 7:12 PM
  • 74
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 20 roots (Close Finish)

    Saints 32, Broncos 34  4th - 5:33Sep 21 7:02 PM
  • 54
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 24 roots (Close Finish)

    Saints 32, Broncos 34  4th - 6:45Sep 21 6:59 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    PIERRE THOMAS 10 YD RUN
    (TWO-POINT CONVERSION FAILED)
    NEW ORLEANS 32
    DENVER 34 10:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Saints 32, Broncos 34  4th - 10:00Sep 21 6:48 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 3 16 7 26
    DENVER 14 10 10 34 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - TD, NATE JACKSON 1 YD PASS FROM JAY
    CUTLER (MATT PRATER KICK), 5:59.
    Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards in 4:29.
    Key plays: Pittman 2-yard run on
    3rd-and-1 to New Orleans 34; Cutler
    17-y

    Sep 21 6:39 PM
  • 30
    roots
    alamowx Added 5 roots

    Saints 26, Broncos 34  3rd - 2:20Sep 21 6:35 PM


  • NFL
    FG DEN
    MATT PRATER 34 YD
    NEW ORLEANS 26
    DENVER 34 2:20 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints 26, Broncos 34  3rd - 2:20Sep 21 6:34 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    REGGIE BUSH 6 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES
    (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 26
    DENVER 31 7:02 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints 26, Broncos 31  3rd - 7:02Sep 21 6:23 PM


  • NFL
    TD DEN
    MICHAEL PITTMAN 2 YD RUN
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 19
    DENVER 31 7:37 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Saints 19, Broncos 31  3rd - 7:37Sep 21 6:17 PM


  • NFL
    NEW ORLEANS 19
    DENVER 24 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Sep 21 5:41 PM


  • NFL
    SAFETY NOR
    DANIEL GRAHAM TACKLED BY CHARLES GRANT IN END ZONE
    NEW ORLEANS 19
    DENVER 24 0:23 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints 19, Broncos 24  2nd - 0:23Sep 21 5:37 PM


  • NFL
    FG DEN
    MATT PRATER 27 YD
    NEW ORLEANS 17
    DENVER 24 2:55 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints 17, Broncos 24  2nd - 2:55Sep 21 5:19 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    REGGIE BUSH 23 YD RUN
    (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 17
    DENVER 21 6:51 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints 17, Broncos 21  2nd - 6:51Sep 21 5:12 PM


  • NFL
    TD NOR
    PIERRE THOMAS 5 YD RUN
    (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 10
    DENVER 21 9:16 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints 10, Broncos 21  2nd - 9:16Sep 21 5:05 PM


  • NFL
    TD DEN
    NATE WEBSTER 34 YD FUMBLE RETURN
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 3
    DENVER 21 14:11 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Saints 3, Broncos 21  2nd - 14:11Sep 21 4:49 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NEW ORLEANS 3 3
    DENVER 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: DEN - TD, NATE JACKSON 1 YD PASS FROM JAY
    CUTLER (MATT PRATER KICK), 5:59.
    Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards in 4:29.
    Key plays: Pittman 2-yard run on
    3rd-and-1 to New Orleans 34; Cutler
    17-y

    Sep 21 4:45 PM


  • NFL
    TD DEN
    BRANDON MARSHALL 35 YD PASS FROM JAY CUTLER
    (MATT PRATER KICK)
    NEW ORLEANS 3
    DENVER 14 0:27 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Saints 3, Broncos 14  1st - 0:27Sep 21 4:42 PM


  • NFL
    NEW ORLEANS 3
    DENVER 7 2:01 LEFT, 1ST QTR
    DEN BALL ON DEN 35 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Saints 3, Broncos 7  1st - 2:01Sep 21 4:33 PM


  • NFL
    NEW ORLEANS 0
    DENVER 7 9:01 LEFT, 1ST QTR
    NOR BALL ON NOR 20 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Saints 0, Broncos 7  1st - 9:01Sep 21 4:18 PM
  • 25
    roots
    alacy52 Added 5 roots

    Saints vs. BroncosSep 21 1:37 PM
  • 20
    roots
    MaxOmuS Added 5 roots

    Saints vs. BroncosSep 20 10:59 AM
  • 15
    roots
    Lemonman Added 5 roots

    Saints vs. BroncosSep 15 12:00 AM
  • 10
    roots
    Yankee82 Added 5 roots

    Saints vs. BroncosAug 24 11:14 PM
  • 5
    roots
    RmSvc Added 5 roots

    Saints vs. BroncosApr 17 5:02 PM