Seahawks fall at home to Saints

Everyone knew the New Orleans Saints were a better team than their 0-4 record showed, but they hadn't managed to put together a good game on offense or defense. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, the visitors decided to play like the team that made it to the NFC Championship game on Sunday night and they walked out a 28-17 winner when the final gun sounded.

QB Drew Brees did his best 2006 impression, completing 25 of 36 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns and RB Reggie Bush had one of his best nights as a pro going for 97 yards on the ground while also hauling in six catches for 44 more yards.

The game got off to an auspicious start for the Seahawks when, after their first drive went nowhere, new long-snapper Boone Stutz snapped the ball over the head of P Ryan Plackemeier and Saints RB Pierre Thomas recovered the ball in the endzone putting New Orleans up quickly 7-0.

The Saints were leading 21-0 when Seattle managed its first sustained offensive drive and QB Matt Hasselbeck hit WR Ben Obomanu with a 17-yard touchdown pass.

However, New Orleans answered with a big drive of their own, a nine-play, 80 yard drive that ended when Brees hit WR Marcus Colston from two yards out.

Seattle then answered right back by driving 38 yards and settling for a 52-yard Josh Brown field goal to end the half sending the teams to the locker room with Seattle trailing 28-10.

In the second half, turnovers and missed opportunities hurt the Seahawks offense.

Hasselbeck did manage to improvise a 22-yard touchdown pass to WR Nate Burleson late in the fourth quarter, but a turnover on a poorly thrown ball and a missed fourth-down conversion spelled the end of Seattle's comeback attempt.

Defensively, the Seahawks were led by the 10 tackles of S Brian Russell and eight tackles of LB Lofa Tatupu.

The Saints, who came into the game with only one sack in their first four games, managed to pressure Hasselbeck all night and posted five sacks including two by S Roman Harper.

Seattle will remain at home and prepare for another winless team, the St. Louis Rams, who lost 22-3 to Baltimore.


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