The New Orleans Saints held the Seattle Seahawks to a failed fourth down try with no time left to win 25-20 Sunday, as Russell Wilson’s last ditch pass to Jermaine Kearse flew out of reach on the last play.
The Saints scored to take their first lead 22-17 lead with 12:24 to go in the game and the teams traded field goals before the Seahawks’ final drive started inside the two-minute warning. Wilson directed the offense to the New Orleans 10-yard line but had to spend two downs spiking the football to stop the clock.
Early on it looked like an opportunity for an easy road win.
Christine Michael scored a second-quarter touchdown as Seattle opened up a 14-3 lead in the first half. Tanner McEvoy threw a 43-yard pass to C.J. Prosise and Paul Richardson added a 23-yard reception on the drive, a timely moment for some of the Seahawks’ depth to emerge, with Seattle still fatigued from its five-quarter overtime battle against the Arizona Cardinals October 23. But the Saints answered with a field goal and Wilson's second interception of the season, which they followed up by scoring a touchdown on their fourth straight try from the 1-yard line.
At halftime New Orleans held a 21:22 to 8:48 advantage in time of possession, which set the tone for a second half in which Seattle’s defense looked often over-tasked. The defense has now allowed 19 of its last 36 third down tries after holding offenses to just 28 percent in the season’s first five games.
Next week the Seahawks showcase their talents on Monday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills.