D’ONTONA FOREMAN, Fla.
— With the New Orleans Saints clinging to a 27-17 lead, quarterback Dont’a Foremann scored a 31-yard touchdown run to give the No. 7 defense a huge victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.
Foreman scored in the first quarter to make it 27-21 with 9:53 to play and then a 24-yard field goal by Kyle Bonagura gave the Saints a 17-16 lead with 4:40 to play.
Foremann, who finished the game with seven receptions for 93 yards, said the game was close but that the game plan was working.
“I just had to do what I needed to do and that’s make plays,” Foreman said.
“We came out with the lead, we came out on top.
We got the first touchdown of the game, and that was a big one.
We’re very proud of that.”
The win also pushed the Saints to 1-1 on the season and gives them a 3-0 home record in Week 1.
The win was the first of the season for the Saints (1-1), who have won four straight.
“The win was big for us,” cornerback Janoris Jenkins said.
Foremen said he knew he was going to be asked a lot in Sunday’s game.
“But I don’t think you’re going to get that much pressure on you,” Foremen told the team’s official website.
“It’s not a big deal.
The Saints also had a big day for quarterback Drew Brees, who completed 26 of 40 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns. “
We’re not going to let that affect us.”
The Saints also had a big day for quarterback Drew Brees, who completed 26 of 40 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns.
“He had the best game of his career,” said linebacker Junior Galette, who had six tackles.
“His play was outstanding.
He came in and was the best quarterback we’ve had all year.” “
That was a great day for him, because he had a lot to do.
He came in and was the best quarterback we’ve had all year.”
The game featured a lot for the Broncos (2-1) as they also won for the first time since Sept. 11.
They lost the previous two meetings with the Saints, a 20-17 win in New Orleans in Week 2 and a 23-14 loss in Denver in Week 3.
New Orleans has won two straight and three of four.
The Saints have won five straight against the Broncos, including a 24:19 scoreless run in the second quarter to take a 17:13 lead with 3:45 left in the third quarter.
Foremings touchdown helped the Saints pull within a touchdown with 3 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
That would have been their final score of the first half, but a fumble by backup linebacker Kofi Amichia in the end zone gave the Broncos a 13-10 lead.
It was the Broncos’ first-and-goal at the Denver 35 with 8:46 left.
The Broncos tied it with 3 seconds left, but Brees and rookie wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders both missed field goals from 44 yards out to seal it.
The Denver offense led 17-14 with 9 minutes left.
Forems first touchdown came with 5:38 left in regulation.
He caught a pass in the right flat, raced 40 yards to the right sideline, spun around and found his receiver on the end of the field.
“When you make a play like that, it’s a big play,” Foremations offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said.
The play was called back by the officials after the score was called.
“They called it wrong,” Callahan added.
“There was a fumble that was not allowed.
It should have been a touchdown, but they didn’t call it right.”
Foremains second touchdown came on a 4-yard run.
He hit a 1-yarder with 4 minutes left in overtime.
He also had two other touchdown passes for the defense.
He makes plays,” defensive tackle Jonathan Vilma said.
It will be the first home loss of Brees’ career.
“This is a tough spot to be in, because we’re on the road against a team that’s playing well.
I think that will help us a lot,” Brees said.
Brees said the first-half touchdown was a huge one.
“Just knowing we’re going out there, it was a nice little piece of the puzzle.
It gives us confidence going into the second half.”
Forems third touchdown came after the game ended.
He had an interception with 4 seconds left in a tie game.
He later returned a punt for a touchdown to the Denver 10.
“Those kinds of things you get into, it helps a lot when you have a bunch of