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                 === Saints edge Chiefs in Payton's return ===
 
 New  Orleans, LA  (Sports Network) - Preston Parker caught a pair of touchdown
 passes  and the New  Orleans Saints greeted head coach Sean Payton back to the
 sideline with a 17-13 preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
 
 Payton  returned to the Saints following his year-long suspension for his role
 in  the Bounty Gate  scandal. New Orleans stumbled to a 7-9 record and a third
 place finish in the NFC South without him at the helm in 2012.
 
 Drew  Brees played  two series and ended 7-of-10 for 65 yards. Before exiting,
 he  led a  10-play, 74-yard march that  set up a Garrett Hartley 24-yard field
 goal in the second quarter.
 
 Luke  McCown  took the bulk of  the snaps for New Orleans, completing 18-of-28
 throws for 216 yards. He also tossed a pair of 2-yard third-quarter touchdowns
 to Parker, who had four catches for 43 yards and put the Saints ahead for good
 with his second score of the evening.
 
 Andy  Reid  made his coaching  debut for the  Chiefs after spending 14 largely
 successful seasons in Philadelphia, and looks to improve on the team's abysmal
 2-14 record in 2012.
 
 Alex  Smith, who  came over  in  an offseason  trade with  San Francisco,  was
 excellent on his only drive. He went 7-for-8 and threw for 68 yards, including
 a 13-yard throw on 3rd-and-6 that set up a 1-yard TD run for Jamaal Charles.
 
 Charles finished with 13 yards on five carries and three catches for 27 yards.
 
 The  Chiefs went ahead 10-0 after Dexter McCluster returned a punt 55 yards to
 set  up Ryan Succop  for a 42-yard field goal. However, they would be shut out
 until the fourth, when Succop kicked a 32-yarder through.
 
 The  Chiefs got the  ball three more times down 17-13, but were forced to punt
 each time.
 
 
 08/09 23:33:41 ET