Saints Defeats Patriots 28-13 with a Defensive Masterclass, intercepting the rookie quarterback, 3 times


A beautiful defensive effort by a healthier Saints team

NFL: New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
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Jameis Winston (2) hands the ball off to running back Alvin Kamara (41)

New Orleans has a former No. 1 overall pick in Jameis Winston as QB, and Bill Belicheck states that Mr. Winston is a really good quarterback,” Belichick said Wednesday. “He threw for 5,000 yards in Tampa, so it’s not like this guy hasn’t been productive. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s accurate. He’s got good touch on the ball. The offense that he ran in Tampa was a lot different than the offense he’s running in New Orleans. But fundamentally this is a big strong guy who can throw the ball accurately. He’s very good down the field. He’s a tough guy to tackle. He’s strong in the pocket. He can make every throw on the field. He’s pretty good.”

Winston threw for five touchdowns in New Orleans’ Week One victory over Green Bay.

Belichick pointed out that Winston is capable of making plays with his legs.

“If you’ve seen him run with the ball, I don’t know why you’d want him to run with the ball in space,” Belichick said. “I don’t think that’s a good idea at all. He’s hard to tackle. He’s fast. Runs over people. I don’t think you want him running wild in your secondary.”

Winston rushed for six touchdowns as a rookie and has five rushing TDs since 2016.

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston
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Winston with the New Orleans Saints in 2020
No. 2 – New Orleans Saints
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: January 6, 1994 (age 27)
Bessemer, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Hueytown (Hueytown, Alabama)
College: Florida State (2012–2014)
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards


Career NFL statistics as of 2020
TDINT: 121–88
Passing yards: 19,812
Completion percentage: 61.3
Passer rating: 86.9
Rushing yards: 1,038
Rushing touchdowns: 10
Player stats at · PFR

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Jameis Lanaed Winston (/ˈmɪs/ JAY-mis; born January 6, 1994) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State, where he became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy and led his team to victory in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game during his freshman year. Declaring for the NFL after his sophomore season, Winston was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Winston set several franchise rookie records for the Buccaneers, earning him Pro Bowl honors, and led the league in passing yards during the 2019 season.

Records and achievements

NFL records

  • Most passing touchdowns in a single game by a rookie quarterback: 5 (tied with Ray Buivid, Matthew Stafford, Deshaun Watson, and Daniel Jones)
  • Most passing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback in one half: 4 (tied with Marcus Mariota and Deshaun Watson) (November 22, 2015 vs. Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Youngest player to pass for 3,000 yards: (21 years, 342 days) December 13, 2015
  • Youngest player to pass for 4,000 yards: (21 years, 363 days) January 3, 2016
  • Second youngest player to pass for 10,000 yards
  • Youngest player to pass for 40 touchdowns: (22 years, 312 days) November 13, 2016
  • Most seasons of passing for 4,000 yards to begin a career – 2 (2015–2016)
  • Most touchdown passes before 24th birthday: 69 (23 years, 360 days) December 31, 2017
  • Most consecutive 450+ yards passing games: 2 (2019)
  • Most interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season – 7 (2019)
  • First player in NFL history to throw 30-or-more touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season (2019)

Buccaneers franchise records

Rookie records

  • Most passing touchdowns by a rookie – 22
  • Most passing yards by a rookie – 4,042
  • Most pass attempts by a rookie – 535
  • Most pass completions by a rookie – 312
  • Most games started by a rookie – 16
  • Most interceptions for a touchdown by a rookie – 2
  • Highest passer rating by a rookie – 84.2
  • Most yards gained per pass attempt by a rookie – 7.56
  • Most passing yards per game – 252.6
  • Most wins by a rookie – 6
  • Most losses by a rookie – 10
  • Most 4th quarter comebacks by a rookie – 2
  • Most game-winning drives by a rookie – 3
  • Most rushing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback – 6
  • Most rushing attempts by a rookie quarterback – 54

Game records

  • Most consecutive games of 300 yards passing – 6 (Week 6–12, 2019)
  • Most passing touchdowns in a game – 5 (tied) (November 22, 2015 vs. Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Most passing attempts in a game – 58 (September 25, 2016 vs. Los Angeles Rams)
  • Most pass completions in a game – 36 (tied with Brian Griese) (September 25, 2016 vs Los Angeles Rams)

Season records

  • Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season – 6 (2015)
  • Most passing yards in a season – 5,109 (2019)
  • Most passing yards per game in a season – 319.3 (2019)
  • Most passing attempts in a season – 626 (2019)
  • Most consecutive seasons, 3,000 yards passing – 3 (2015–2017) (tied with Brad Johnson and Josh Freeman)
  • Most seasons with 3,000+ passing yards – 4 (2015–2019)
  • Most consecutive seasons of 4,000 yards passing – 2 (2015–2016)
  • Most seasons of 4,000 yards passing – 3 (2015–2019)
  • Most games of 300 yards passing in a single season – 11 (2019)

Career records

  • Most games of 300 passing yards – 27 (2015–2019)
  • Most passing touchdowns – 121 (2015–2019)
  • Most pass completions – 1,563 (2015–2019)
  • Most passing yards – 19,737 (2015–2019)
  • Most passing attempts – 2,548 (2015–2019)
  • Most passing yards per game in a career – 274.1 (2015–2019)
  • Most rushing yards by a quarterback – 1,044 (2015–2019)
  • Most rushing attempts by a quarterback – 248 (2015–2019)
  • Most fumbles – 50 (2015–2019)

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The ecstasy of victory lasted all but one week for the Saints after a 38-3 demolition of the Green Bay Packers. The following week, the Saints were humbled in a 26-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers. At 1-1, New Orleans was eager to try and take the bad taste from Charlotte out of its mouth as it traveled to Foxboro to play the 1-1 New England Patriots.

The Saints started the first half against the Patriots showing the energy that had seemingly left their collective body against Carolina. After New Orleans took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, it held Mac Jones and the New England attack at bay, harassing the rookie quarterback on every passing down. New Orleans would however miss two field goals by the suddenly unreliable Aldrick Rosas, failing to extend their lead.

New Orleans would eventually gain some separation after pressuring Mac Jones into an interception by nickel cornerback P.J. Williams which was returned to the 9-yard line. Jameis Winston would find Marquez Callaway for the latter’s first NFL regular season touchdown, giving the Saints a 14-0 lead. New England would rally for a field goal late in the second quarter to make the margin 14-3 in favor of the Saints at halftime.

The second half would start auspiciously for New Orleans, with Mac Jones throwing an unfortunate pick to Malcolm Jenkins off the hands of Pats’ tight end Jonu Smith. Jenkins would rumble into the end zone, making the score 21-3 after one play in the second half.

New England would then go on a long drive of over 8 minutes, resulting in a field goal that would make the score 21-6 as the third quarter ended. The Saints’ offense went scoreless in the third quarter, leaving the door ajar for the Patriots to attempt a comeback down 15 with one quarter to go.

The Patriots would then go on a 10-0 run, outscoring the Saints’ offense in the entirety of the third quarter, with the lone score by the Saints being a pick six.

Leading 21-13, the Saints would take the ball with over 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter and bleed the clock down below three minutes, while driving into New England’s red zone. Taysom Hill would then plunge into the end zone, restoring the Saints’ two-touchdown lead with 2:37 on the clock.

The Patriots would then take the ball and go into a no-huddle hurry up offense, trying to mount a comeback. The Saints’ defense would play prevent defense, bleeding the clock and forcing the Patriots to use their remaining timeouts. Marshon Lattimore would seal the game with a last minute interception of Jones, the third of the game for the rookie quarterback. Saints win 28-13 and are now 2-1 on the young season with a much-needed win after the embarrassing performance in Carolina last week.

The Saints are coming home for real next week!

Here is a live quarter-by-quarter description of how the game unfolded:


First Quarter

Pats win the toss and defer to the second half. Saints begin the drive with two run plays for a yard. Winston misses on a pass to Chris Hogan and the Saints go three-and-out to start the game.

Pats also go three-and-out and Deonte Harris returns New England’s punt 18 yards to the Saints’ 30-yard line.

Saints gain a first down running the ball, Winston finds Deonte Harris for a first down to extend the drive. Saints eventually get into the Patriots’ red zone, with newly-signed wide receiver Kenny Stills catching a first down along the way. On 3rd-and-7 from the Pats’ 11-yard line, Winston finds Alvin Kamara for a touchdown.

NO: 7 – NE: 0

Pats take over at their 25-yard line, and C.J. Gardner-Johnson announces his return with a sack of Mac Jones on the first play of the drive. Pats eventually stall and have to punt after their second three-and-out in a row.

Saints start from their 15-yard line and gain a first down via two runs by Alvin Kamara. Winston finds Marquez Callaway for a first down, his first catch since week one. On 3rd-and-1 from the Saints 46-yard line, Winston finds Callaway again for a first down into Pats territory. Saints eventually stall at the Pats’ 34-yard line. Aldrick Rosas misses a 52-yard field goal wide left.

Pats take over at their 42-yard line and lose two yards on the first play as the quarter ends.

Second Quarter

Pats stall once again and are forced to punt, their third three-and-out in a row.

Saints take over at their 20-yard line after a touchback. Saints go three-and-out after Winston can’t find a receiver on third-and-7 and New Orleans punts.

Pats take over at their 20-yard line and get a first down running the ball with James White. Pats convert on a 3rd-and-8 to keep the drive alive. Facing a 3rd-and-10, Patriots stall at their own 49-yard line. Saints block Jake Bailey’s punt and recover the ball at New England’s 49-yard line.

Saints keep the ball on the ground. Saints get into the red zone running the ball. Matt Judon sacks Jameis Winston on a naked bootleg to force a long third down. Saints eventually stall and Aldrick Rosas misses a 36-yard field goal. Saints will bring kickers for work outs this week.

Pats find a first down to their 44-yard line. On 3rd-and-10 from their own 44-yard line, P.J. Williams intercepts Mac Jones, as Williams returns the pick, he fumbles, which is recovered by the Saints for a touchdown. After review, Williams is ruled down at the 9-yard line.

Saints run to the 5-yard line with Alvin Kamara and face a second and goal at the two-minute warning. Winston gets sacked by Dietrich Wise Jr. on second and goal. From the Pats’ 7-yard line, Winston heaves one of his patented crazy pass while getting tackled that Marquez Callaway somehow hauls in for a touchdown. The score was Callaway’s first regular season touchdown.

NO: 14 – NE: 0

On the first play of the Pats next drive, Jones hits his receiver for a 35-yard gain and immediately finds himself in Saints’ territory. Pats get into the Saints’ red zone in the blink of an eye. Pats face a 4th-and-1 at the Saints’ 22-yard line. Pats false start and decide to settle for a field goal. Nick Folk makes a 45-yard field goal.

NO: 14 – NE: 3

Saints take a knee and go into halftime with an 11-point lead.


Third Quarter

On the very first play of the second half, Mac Jones tries to find his tight end Jonu Smith, the ball pops up and Malcolm Jenkins intercepts the pass for a pick six.

NO: 21 – NE: 3

Pats take over at their 25-yard line and go three-and-out after an incomplete pass to Jonu Smith on third down and are forced to punt.

Saints begin their drive at their own 30-yard line with a good run by Alvin Kamara and keep the ball on the ground. Saints face a 4th-and-2 near midfield. After a false start, Saints are forced to punt.

Pats take over at their 20-yard line. On 3rd-and-2, Pats complete a 27-yard pass into Saints’ territory. Pats keep passing the ball, with Jones using Jacoby Meyers as his favorite target. Patriots get into the Saints’ red zone. Saints play coverage as New England eats up a lot of clock. Patriots stall at the Saints’ 9-yard line and elect to kick a field goal, which Nick Folk converts with only 1:32 left on the clock in the third quarter.

NO: 21 – NE: 6

Saints take over at their 40-yard line after a kick-off out of bounds. Saints immediately face a 3rd-and-11 and Saints stall as Winston’s pass is incomplete. Blake Gillikin unleashes a 56-yard punt as the quarter ends.

Fourth Quarter

Pats start the quarter with an incomplete pass from Mac Jones to Nelson Agholor, but eventually convert for a first down. On the fourth play of the drive, Tanoh Kpassagnon sacks Jones for a 14-yard loss, setting the Pats back. On 3rd-and-19, Jones is forced to scramble and is well short. Pats punt for a touchback.

Saints take over at their 20-yard line and start the drive with two runs with Alvin Kamara that lose yards. Matt Judon sacks Winston on third-and-12 as the Saints’ offense is now in full lull mode. Saints punt and New England returns the ball into Saints’ territory.

Patriots start at the Saints’ 44-yard line and get into the red zone on a run by Mac Jones. On the very next play, Jones finds Kendrick Bourne for a touchdown.

NO: 21 – NE: 13

Saints take over at their 25-yard line and start with an incompletion and a run with Taysom Hill that went nowhere. On 3rd-and-7, Winston finds Deonte Harris near the 40-yard line to keep the drive alive. Winston would find Harris again for another first down in New England’s territory. Taysom Hill would then run between the tackles, followed by Kamara into the Pats’ red zone. Saints use a quarterback sneak efficiently to gain a first down and further eat up the clock, with the drive now over 6 minutes long. Saints eventually score on a run by Taysom Hill into the end zone. The drive took nearly 7 minutes.

NO: 28 – NE: 13

Pats take over at their 25-yard line and are moving the ball as the two-minute warning hits, with the Saints keeping the ball in front of them and playing coverage. New Orleans seals the deal with an interception of Mac Jones by Marshon Lattimore. Saints win 28-13 and are now 2-1 on the season.