Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - Backup Brian Hoyer threw for a touchdown and
the Patriots won their preseason opener, 7-6, over the New Orleans Saints.
Tom Brady played the first two offensive series for the Patriots and completed
4-of-7 passes for 30 yards, but he was also flattened on a sack and fumbled
the ball away.
Drew Brees threw just four passes and played the first two series for the
Saints, who were coming off a 17-10 win over Arizona at the Hall of Fame
Game Sunday night.
Chase Daniel backed up Brees and went 4-of-6 through the air for 62 yards with
an interception. Luke McCown went 9-of-16 for 86 yards passing.
Hoyer connected on 8-of-15 throws for 45 yards, including his three-yard TD
pass to Britt Davis in the third quarter to cap a 14-play, 97-yard drive.
Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski played despite having ankle surgery
shortly after the team's loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. He
caught a pair of passes for 20 yards.
Brady drove the Patriots from their own 17 to near midfield. Facing a 3rd-
and-16 from the New England 48, he was sacked by Will Smith. The veteran
defensive end stripped the ball and it was recovered by linebacker Curtis
Brees' lone completion came on a four-yard pass to Darren Sproles, and the
Saints settled for a 46-yard field goal from John Kasay.
Brady came right back for the ensuing possession and he hit Gronkowski for an
11-yard gain on 3rd-and-18.
Garrett Hartley kicked a 27-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth
quarter, but Kasay missed a potential go-ahead kick from 41 yards out with
The Saints were pinned deep in their own territory in the final two minutes
and punted the ball away.