Houston01477—28
New Orleans031413—30
Second Quarter

Hou—Watson 21 run (Fairbairn kick), 14:13. Drive: 7 plays, 94 yards, 3:42. Key Plays: Watson 54 pass to Fuller; S.Henderson 10-yard offensive holding penalty; Watson 13 pass to Hopkins; Watson 8 pass to Hopkins on 3rd-and-9. Houston 7, New Orleans 0.

NO—FG Lutz 32, 9:22. Drive: 11 plays, 65 yards, 4:51. Key Plays: Brees 31 pass to Cook on 3rd-and-4; Brees 15 pass to Thomas; Brees 5 pass to Kamara on 3rd-and-3. Houston 7, New Orleans 3.

Hou—Hopkins 2 pass from Watson (Fairbairn kick), 1:47. Drive: 16 plays, 75 yards, 7:35. Key Plays: Watson 10 pass to Hopkins on 3rd-and-6; Watson 4 pass to Stills on 3rd-and-1; Hyde 20 run; P.Williams 5-yard defensive holding penalty on 3rd-and-8; J.Akins 10-yard offensive holding penalty; C.Jordan 5-yard defensive offside penalty on 3rd-and-16; Watson 12 pass to Akins; Watson 13 pass to D.Johnson. Houston 14, New Orleans 3.

Third Quarter

NO—Murray 30 run (Lutz kick), 12:51. Drive: 5 plays, 83 yards, 2:09. Key Plays: Brees 11 pass to Ginn; Brees 41 pass to Kamara. Houston 14, New Orleans 10.

Hou—Hopkins 16 pass from Watson (Fairbairn kick), 8:20. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:31. Key Plays: Hyde 13 run; Watson 15 pass to Fuller on 3rd-and-8; Watson 18 run on 3rd-and-10. Houston 21, New Orleans 10.

NO—T.Hill 9 pass from Brees (Lutz kick), 2:39. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:41. Key Plays: Brees 11 pass to Kamara; Brees 10 pass to Ginn; Brees 11 pass to Ginn; A.Blackson 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. Houston 21, New Orleans 17.

Fourth Quarter

NO—Smith 14 pass from Brees (Lutz kick), 14:55. Drive: 4 plays, 49 yards, 1:53. Key Play: Kamara 26 run. New Orleans 24, Houston 21.

NO—FG Lutz 47, :50. Drive: 8 plays, 64 yards, 2:39. Key Plays: Brees 41 pass to Ginn on 3rd-and-2; Kamara 11 run; Kamara 5 run. New Orleans 27, Houston 21.

Hou—Stills 37 pass from Watson (Fairbairn kick), :37. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 00:13. Key Play: Watson 38 pass to Hopkins. Houston 28, New Orleans 27.

NO—FG Lutz 58, :00. Drive: 6 plays, 35 yards, 00:37. Key Plays: Brees 15 pass to Ginn; Brees 11 pass to Thomas. New Orleans 30, Houston 28.

A—73,039.

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HouNO
FIRST DOWNS2225
Rushing86
Passing1219
Penalty20
THIRD DOWN EFF7-137-11
FOURTH DOWN EFF1-10-0
TOTAL NET YARDS414510
Total Plays5965
Avg Gain7.07.8
NET YARDS RUSHING180148
Rushes2321
Avg per rush7.87.0
NET YARDS PASSING234362
Sacked-Yds lost6-341-8
Gross-Yds passing268370
Completed-Att.20-3032-43
Had Intercepted11
Yards-Pass Play6.58.2
KICKOFFS-EndZone-TB5-4-36-5-5
PUNTS-Avg.4-43.02-44.0
Punts blocked.00
FGs-PATs blocked0-00-0
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE1456
Punt Returns0-03-20
Kickoff Returns1-122-36
Interceptions1-21-0
PENALTIES-Yds8-697-48
FUMBLES-Lost0-01-0
TIME OF POSSESSION29:4730:13

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Houston, Hyde 10-83, Johnson 9-57, Watson 4-40. New Orleans, Kamara 13-97, Murray 6-43, Hill 2-8.

PASSING—Houston, Watson 20-30-1-268. New Orleans, Brees 32-43-1-370.

RECEIVING—Houston, Hopkins 8-111, Johnson 4-33, Stills 3-37, Fuller 2-69, Akins 1-17, Hyde 1-2, Carter 1-(minus 1). New Orleans, Thomas 10-123, Ginn 7-101, Kamara 7-72, Cook 2-37, Smith 2-26, Murray 2-4, Hill 1-9, Hill 1-(minus 2).

PUNT RETURNS—Houston, None. New Orleans, Harris 3-20.

KICKOFF RETURNS—Houston, Carter 1-12. New Orleans, Harris 2-36.

TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS—Houston, Roby 8-1-0, Reid 7-2-0, Joseph 7-1-0, McKinney 4-2-0, Mercilus 4-1-1, Colvin 4-1-0, Cunningham 3-2-0, Addae 2-0-0, Gipson 1-2-0, Blackson 1-1-0, Reader 1-0-0, Watkins 0-2-0, Martin 0-1-0, Crossen 0-1-0, Cole 0-1-0. New Orleans, Bell 5-2-0, Anzalone 5-0-1, Jordan 4-1-1, Davis 4-1-0, Klein 4-0-0, Lattimore 4-0-0, Hendrickson 3-0-2, Apple 3-0-0, Williams 2-2-1, Loewen 2-0-0, Davenport 2-0-0, Brown 1-1-.5, Williams 1-1-0, Tuttle 0-1-.5, Stallworth 0-1-0.

INTERCEPTIONS—Houston, Mercilus 1-2. New Orleans, Williams 1-0.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—New Orleans, Lutz 56.

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OFFICIALS—Referee John Hussey, Ump Alan Eck, HL Kevin Codey, LJ Carl Johnson, FJ Allen Baynes, SJ Jabir Walker, BJ Brad Freeman, Replay Terri Valenti.

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