Saints Hold On For 23-17 Win Over Colts

Intro: In front of a nationally televised audience, the visiting Saints moved to 3-0 on the preseason with a 23-17 victory over the Colts on Saturday night. The Colts (0-3) will have their preseason finale on Thursday night when they travel to Cincinnati.



Fourth Quarter Recap

With Chandler Harnish taking over at quarterback, Boom Herron ripped off a 43-yard run and on the next play Josh Lenz hauled in a 25-yard touchdown catch. That score cut the Saints lead to 20-17 with 13:39 to go in the third quarter.

The Colts defense then continued its solid second half. Undrafted defensive lineman Zach Kerr added another sack to his preseason resume as the defense forced a Saints punt.

Harnish would get another crack under center but facing a fourth-and-two just past midfield, the Colts decided to punt and pin the Saints inside their own 10-yard line.

It looked like the Colts would get the ball back in fairly reasonable field position but Lenz dropped a punt and the Saints recovered it at the Colts 32-yard line.

The Saints took full advantage of the break with kicker Derek Dimke connecting on a 45-yard field goal to make the lead 23-17 with 1:55 remaining.

Harnish and the Colts offense then took their turn at a game-winning drive. However, the drive stalled after the unit just crossed midfield.

The Colts fell to 0-3 in the preseason with the 23-17 loss.Third Quarter Recap

The Colts starters came out for one final offensive drive after halftime. The series ended in a punt and Luck finished 10-of-18 for 103 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Just like on offense, the Colts defensive starters played one series in the third quarter. The starting unit stopped the Saints on a turnover on downs in its last work of the evening.

Matt Hasselbeck took over for Luck on the second drive of the third quarter. The veteran led the Colts on an impressive 12-play drive but the offense was shut out of the end zone after the Saints stuffed a fourth-and-goal running play from the one-yard line.

Following the turnover-on-downs, the Saints were backed up against their own goal line. Colts linebacker Henoc Muamba got pressure on quarterback Ryan Griffin and cornerback Josh Gordy picked off a deep pass at the Saints 45-yard line.

The Colts could not take advantage of the promising field position as Hasselbeck's deep ball intended for Josh Lenz was picked off in the endzone by Saints cornerback Brian Dixon.

At the end of the third quarter, the Saints led the Colts 20-10.Second Quarter Recap

Set up by an Andrew Luck interception, the Saints capitalized on field position in Colts territory. With Drew Brees out of the lineup, the Saints settled for a 39-yard field goal by kicker Shayne Graham to push the lead to 17-7 with 12:17 left in the second quarter.

Andrew Luck and the Colts offense continued to be searching for some rhythm as the unit was forced to punt after a three-and-out.

With Luke McCown at quarterback for the Saints, the Colts defense once again had trouble with quarterback containment. McCown ran for 28 yards on a third-and-10. The drive ended with kicker Graham kicking a 24-yard field goal. The Saints now led 20-7 with 3:00 to go in the second quarter.

Luck and the offense went up-tempo a bit to end the first half. A 13-play drive stalled near in a goal-to-go situation. Adam Vinatieri kicked a 20-yard field goal.

At the end of the second quarter, the Saints led the Colts 20-10.First Quarter Recap

The Saints won the toss and elected to receive.

With Drew Brees making his preseason debut, the Saints marched 80 yards in 13 plays with the Pro Bowl quarterback finding fullback Austin Johnson for a three-yard touchdown reception. The Saints offense converted a pair of third-and-longs on the drive.

Reggie Wayne made his preseason debut on the Colts first offensive series. A five-yard completion to Wayne on the Colts first play from scrimmage was waived off due to penalty. The Colts went three-and-out on their opening possession. Ahmad Bradshaw also made his preseason debut on the Colts opening drive.

The Colts defense finally got the Saints off the field on third-down. New Orleans converted their first three third-down attempts before the Colts pass defense made a pair of nice plays to give the offense the ball back at their own 41-yard line.

Taking advantage of nice field position, the Colts offense moved quickly. Andrew Luck found a wide-open Coby Fleener for a 21-yard touchdown to cap off the four-play, 59-yard drive. The Colts and Saints were tied at 7 with 3:19 left in the first quarter.

Brees and the Saints would answer. Marques Colston did a wonderful job of getting his feet down in the back of the end zone to gather in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Brees.

The quarter ended with Luck getting picked off by Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro.

Brees' night finished after three drives.

At the end of the first quarter, the Saints led the Colts 14-7.In-Game Injury Updates

Arthur Jones-Ribs (Returned to the lineup)

Darius Butler-Ankle (Questionable to return)Colts Not Expected To Play

26-Delano Howell

50-Jerrell Freeman

57-Josh McNary

68-Ulrick John

71-Xavier Nixon

94-Montori Hughes

98-Robert Mathis

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Colts Pre-Game Notes

-This is the Saints first ever game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Saints did practice at Lucas Oil Stadium for four days back during Week One of the 2008 season due to Tropical Storm Gustav. Weather Update

-With showers in the area, the roof is closed tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium. Temperatures are in the 70s for kickoff.*

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