Every year we start the season the same way, as a Saints fan we dig our heels in and get ready for the first game and every game afterwards because of the electricity and excitement it raises in every fan.
Well this is only the second meeting between the New Orleans Saints and the Cincinnati Bengals since 2006 (Sean Payton era), the first one was held in the New Orleans Superdome in week 11 of the 2006 season during the Saints miracle run for the championship.
The Saints hosted the Bengals in week 11 following a week 10 road loss to the Pittsburg Steelers putting their record at 6-3 on the season.
The Bengals started the game with a 41 yard touchdown pass to receiver Chad Ochocinco to put the Bengals up by 7.
The Saints followed up with their own score courtesy of quarterback Drew Brees who threw a 72 yard strike to receiver Joe Horn to tye the game although Cincinnati quickly added a 21 yard field goal to close out the first half scoring going to go up by three.
Neither team could find any offense in the third quarter but things began to heat as the fourth got underway.
New Orleans drove down and kicked a 24 yard field goal by John Carney to make the score 10 – 10, but that’s when the momentum swung in the direction of the Bengals after quarterback Carson Palmer threw touchdown passes of 60 and 4 yards to Ochocinco.
Attempting a comeback late Brees threw an untimely interception to Cincinnati DB Ethan Kilmer, who ran it back for a touchdown, effictively placing the game out of reach.
The games final score came when QB Drew Brees threw a 27 touchdown yard touchdown to receiver Terrance Copper for the final play of the game, ending with a score 31 – 16 in favor of the Bengals.
If you witnessed the end of last weeks game between the Saints and the Dallas Cowboys, and last years game against the Washington Redskins, you will see that the diference is a team that never stops beleiving that it can win no matter how bad things may look.
Since that regular season game in 2006, there have been no regular season contest played between the Saints and Bengals, but they have played 3 preseason game’s all of which the Saints have won
It’s all about FINISHING STRONG NOW. Who Dat believes in them Saints WE DO!
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