Patriots Survive Late Saints Rally 24-17

The New England Patriots did just about everything possible to give the fans a game worth watching. The New Orleans Saints fought until the bitter end, coming up short on the final play -- an interception to snuff out the Saints last gasp effort to tie the game. Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks had an amazing outing of nearly 350 yards through the air. The Patriots managed to hold on, intercepting Brooks on the final play to seal the win. Patriots 24 - Saints 17.

PHOTO: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, top right, leaps on a pile of teammates while celebrating a touchdown by Mike Vrabel (holding ball), left, during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)


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The New England Patriots had every chance possible to snuff out any hope of a New Orleans Saints comeback, yet they failed to deliver the knockout blow until the final play. New Orleans, down by two scores for most of the game, clawed their way back into the contest in the final moments. With a tough, aggressive defense, the New Orleans defenders forced the Patriots to punt to give New Orleans one final drive. Unfortunately for Saints fans, Brooks' last pass -- an interception by Eugene Wilson -- shattered any hopes of a miracle comeback.

The Patriots managed to come away with the win in spite of giving up 343 yards through the air to Brooks and a Saints offense which hasn't been able to produce 200 yards passing in over three weeks. The bend don't break defense the Patriots employ continues to provide just enough resistance at the end of games to allow the Patriots to win.

The Win allows the Patriots to retain their lead in the AFC East by improving their record to 6-4, while the Saints loss drops them to 2-8 on the year, and adds yet another negative outcome in an unprecedented and difficult season.

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