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Saints narrowly prolong Browns' winless streak 21-18

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed less than 10 minutes to obliterate what looked like a milestone victory for the seemingly cursed Cleveland Browns.

Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds left, Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of his two missed field goals wide right in the final seconds, and the Saints held on for a 21-18 victory that extended the Browns' winless streak to 19 games.

''These are games that we find we find our identity a little bit,'' Brees said, alluding to New Orleans' inability to score more than three points until the first of Michael Thomas' two touchdown catches with 8:41 to go. ''These are games that, hey, you didn't have your best stuff, but you found a way.''

With the help of another Cleveland collapse.

Gonzalez also missed two extra points, one week after his potential winning field goal was blocked in a season-opening tie with Pittsburgh. His final miss came from 52 yards.

''It snowballed,'' Gonzalez said, acknowledging the psychological effect of earlier misses that he hooked left before pushing his final kick the other way. ''I was overcompensating. I get paid to make those kicks and I have to make them.''

Gonzalez's tough day represented only a portion of Cleveland's implosion. Defensive back Derrick Kindred's illegal contact penalty on what would have been a third-down sack extended New Orleans' first touchdown drive, which ended with Thomas' 2-yard catch and cut Cleveland's lead to 12-10.

With just less than five minutes left, Saints safety Marcus Williams intercepted Tyrod Taylor in Cleveland territory on a pass Taylor threw back over the middle as he was rolling to his right.

''You never want to throw late down the middle,'' Taylor said. ''That's something I need to be better at. That play was not good for us. You can't put your team in that situation.''

The turnover led to New Orleans' second TD on a 5-yard fade to Thomas, who said he was determined to make up for his fumble earlier in the game. Thomas outjumped two defenders to make the catch.

''Enough was enough,'' Thomas said. ''I needed to respond and help my teammates, and that's what I did. And I still owe them.''

Brees finished 28 for 35 for 243 yards and two TDs for New Orleans (1-1). Thomas caught 12 passes for 89 yards.

Taylor was 22 of 30 for 246 yards, one TD and one interception. Jarvis Landry had five catches for 69 yards, and Carlos Hyde scored on a 1-yard TD run.

It wasn't enough for the Browns (0-1-1), who were very close to starting 2-0.

''It's tough, but we got a lot of football left to play,'' Landry said.

GOOD KAMARA

Alvin Kamara, the 2017 offensive rookie of the year, continued to be a bright spot in a largely frustrating day for New Orleans' offense. His seemingly slippery running style continued to produce yards after contact and he wound up with 99 yards from scrimmage, including 53 on six catches.

His run for a late 2-point conversion gave the Saints an 18-12 lead and made a difference after Taylor found rookie receiver Antonio Callaway for a 47-yard, all-or-nothing TD heave on fourth-and-5 with 1:16 to go.

Gonzalez missed a point-after kick for the second time, and Brees' 42-yard completion to Ted Ginn Jr. set up Lutz' go-ahead kick.

TURNOVERS

The Browns, who forced six turnovers against Pittsburgh in Week 1, recovered two more fumbles when Thomas and Ginn were both stripped after receptions.

Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi sacked Brees twice and would have had a third if not for Kindred's penalty.

Overall, it was a strong showing for the unit coached by coordinator Gregg Williams, who held the same job in New Orleans when the Saints won their only Super Bowl.

INJURIES

Browns: Safety Damarious Randall received treatment on the field after being in on a tackle in the second quarter.

Saints: Tommylee Lewis received treatment for what the club described as a knee injury after a big hit during a punt return in the second quarter. He was listed as questionable to return to the game. ... Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins left in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the head. He said after the game his face mask was pushed into his nose but that he did not have a concussion.

UP NEXT

Browns: Host the New York Jets on Thursday night.

Saints: Visit Atlanta on Sunday.

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Key Players
T. Taylor 5 QB
246 PaYds, PaTD, INT, 26 RuYds
15
FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
243 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, RuYd
21
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:26
W.Lutz 44 yard field goal is GOOD Center-Z.Wood Holder-T.Morstead.
6
plays
49
yds
00:55
pos
18
21
Missed Point After Touchdown 1:16
Z.Gonzalez extra point is No Good Wide Left Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
18
18
Touchdown 1:16
T.Taylor pass deep middle to A.Callaway for 47 yards TOUCHDOWN. Pass 47 YAC 0
6
plays
75
yds
1:24
pos
18
18
Two Point Conversion 2:40
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. A.Kamara rushes right end. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS. NO #74 J.Bushrod checked in as eligible.
plays
yds
pos
12
18
Touchdown 2:40
D.Brees pass short right to M.Thomas for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN. Pass 5 YAC 0
4
plays
18
yds
2:17
pos
12
16
Point After TD 8:41
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD Center-Z.Wood Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
12
10
Touchdown 8:45
D.Brees pass short left to M.Thomas for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN. Pass 2 YAC 4
9
plays
66
yds
5:35
pos
12
9
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 6:43
Z.Gonzalez extra point is No Good Wide Left Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
12
3
Touchdown 6:43
C.Hyde left end for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
79
yds
6:27
pos
12
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:00
Z.Gonzalez 39 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
7
plays
45
yds
2:21
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:52
W.Lutz 31 yard field goal is GOOD Center-Z.Wood Holder-T.Morstead.
11
plays
63
yds
5:42
pos
3
3
Field Goal 8:35
Z.Gonzalez 39 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
6
plays
25
yds
3:02
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 27:19 32:41
1st Downs 16 18
Rushing 4 4
Passing 10 11
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 4-12 3-12
4th Down Conv 1-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 327 275
Total Plays 60 61
Avg Gain 5.5 4.5
Net Yards Rushing 93 62
Rush Attempts 27 23
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 2.7
Net Yards Passing 234 213
Comp. - Att. 22-30 28-35
Yards Per Pass 7.8 6.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-12 3-30
Penalties - Yards 4-43 4-53
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 3-0 2-2
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 3-39.3 4-44.8
Return Yards 82 47
Punts - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-82 1-47
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 2/6 3/4
Extra Points 0/2 1/1
Field Goals 2/4 2/3
Red Zone Eff. 1-1 -100% 2-4 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 2-3 -67%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Browns 0-1-1 336618
Saints 1-1 3001821
234 PASS YDS 213
93 RUSH YDS 62
327 TOTAL YDS 275
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Taylor 5 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.3% 246 1 1 94.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.9% 443 2 2 70.1
T. Taylor 22/30 246 1 1 15
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Hyde 34 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 43 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 105 2
C. Hyde 16 43 1 10 10
T. Taylor 5 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 103 1
T. Taylor 4 26 0 8 15
N. Chubb 24 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 35 0
N. Chubb 2 14 0 8 1
A. Callaway 11 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 7 0
A. Callaway 2 7 0 15 14
D. Johnson 29 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 20 0
D. Johnson 3 3 0 3 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Callaway 11 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 81 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 81 1
A. Callaway 4 3 81 1 47 14
J. Landry 80 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 69 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 175 0
J. Landry 7 5 69 0 25 6
R. Higgins 81 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 85 0
R. Higgins 7 5 47 0 23 4
D. Njoku 85 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 33 0
D. Njoku 7 4 20 0 8 2
D. Fells 88 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 27 0
D. Fells 2 2 15 0 9 1
C. Hyde 34 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 10 0
C. Hyde 1 1 7 0 7 10
D. Johnson 29 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 15 0
D. Johnson 2 2 7 0 6 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Carrie 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 1.0
T. Carrie 6-2 1.0 0 0
T. Mitchell 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 0.0
T. Mitchell 5-0 0.0 0 2
D. Ward 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-5 2 0.0
D. Ward 5-1 0.0 0 0
L. Ogunjobi 65 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 3.0
L. Ogunjobi 4-0 2.0 0 0
D. Randall 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 1 0.0
D. Randall 4-1 0.0 0 0
J. Collins 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
J. Collins 3-2 0.0 0 0
J. Schobert 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-11 0 0.0
J. Schobert 3-5 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
J. Peppers 3-2 0.0 0 0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Burgess 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Burgess 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Smith 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
C. Smith 2-2 0.0 0 0
D. Kindred 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
D. Kindred 1-1 0.0 0 0
G. Avery 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
G. Avery 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Coley 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
T. Coley 1-2 0.0 0 0
M. Garrett 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 2.0
M. Garrett 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Taylor 5 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Taylor 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Davis 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Davis 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Z. Gonzalez 2 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/4 0/2
SEASON FG XP
2/5 3/5
Z. Gonzalez 2/4 39 0/2 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Colquitt 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 39.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
15 42.7 7
B. Colquitt 3 39.3 1 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Peppers 22 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 27.3 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 26.5 28 0
J. Peppers 3 27.3 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Peppers 22 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 7.5 15 0
J. Peppers 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
80% 243 2 0 114.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
81.3% 682 5 0 123.0
D. Brees 28/35 243 2 0 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Kamara 41 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 75 2
A. Kamara 13 46 0 18 11
M. Gillislee 25 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 27 0
M. Gillislee 8 18 0 4 1
J. Williams 32 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -1 0
J. Williams 1 -1 0 -1 0
D. Brees 9 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
D. Brees 1 -1 0 -1 21
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Thomas 13 WR
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 12 89 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 269 3
M. Thomas 13 12 89 2 25 18
T. Ginn 19 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 55 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 123 1
T. Ginn 7 4 55 0 42 3
A. Kamara 41 RB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 6 53 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 165 1
A. Kamara 6 6 53 0 14 11
B. Watson 82 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 63 0
B. Watson 5 3 19 0 8 1
T. Smith 10 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 18 0
T. Smith 1 1 18 0 18 1
J. Hill 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 20 0
J. Hill 1 1 5 0 5 0
Z. Line 42 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 4 0
Z. Line 1 1 4 0 4 0
A. Carr 80 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 20 0
A. Carr 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Klein 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
A. Klein 6-3 0.0 0 0
M. Lattimore 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
M. Lattimore 4-1 0.0 0 1
K. Coleman 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
K. Coleman 4-0 0.0 0 0
D. Davis 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-9 0 0.0
D. Davis 3-6 0.0 0 1
P. Robinson 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
P. Robinson 3-2 0.0 0 0
M. Williams 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
M. Williams 3-0 0.0 1 0
K. Crawley 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
K. Crawley 3-1 0.0 0 0
V. Bell 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
V. Bell 3-2 0.0 0 0
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 2.0
C. Jordan 2-0 2.0 0 0
S. Rankins 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 1.0
S. Rankins 2-3 1.0 0 0
A. Okafor 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Okafor 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Ginn 19 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Ginn 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Davenport 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
M. Davenport 1-2 0.0 0 0
M. Gillislee 25 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Gillislee 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Onyemata 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
D. Onyemata 1-3 0.0 0 0
M. Te'o 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
M. Te'o 1-3 0.0 0 0
J. Hardee 34 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Hardee 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
3/4 4/4
W. Lutz 2/3 44 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Morstead 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 44.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 47.9 2
T. Morstead 4 44.8 2 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Hill 7 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 47.0 47 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 47.0 47 0
T. Hill 1 47.0 47 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lewis 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 0.0 0 0
T. Lewis 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLE 32 2:02 3 9 Punt
11:31 NO 46 3:02 6 25 FG
2:47 CLE 20 3:25 6 15 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:39 NO 46 1:27 4 8 Downs
4:16 CLE 34 2:21 7 45 FG
0:38 CLE 9 0:38 2 4 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:10 CLE 21 6:27 12 79 TD
3:15 CLE 18 3:59 10 56 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:41 CLE 25 1:21 3 -3 Punt
5:52 CLE 24 0:55 2 6 INT
2:40 CLE 25 1:24 6 75 TD
0:21 CLE 25 0:18 3 41 FG Miss
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:58 NO 30 1:27 3 16 Fumble
8:29 NO 25 5:42 11 63 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:22 NO 19 3:43 7 27 Fumble
9:12 NO 38 4:56 9 36 FG Miss
1:55 NO 25 1:17 3 2 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NO 25 1:50 3 9 Punt
6:43 NO 40 3:28 5 10 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:16 NO 34 5:35 9 66 TD
7:20 NO 35 1:28 3 -5 Punt
4:57 CLE 18 2:17 4 18 TD
1:16 NO 25 0:55 6 49 FG
0:03 NO 42 0:03 1 -1 Game