Patriots Start Preseason With A Win

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – The Super Bowl champion New Orleans

Saints are leaving New England after losing their punter, a running

back and their exhibition opener.

The team that won its first NFL title with the help of big plays

couldn't stop them Thursday night. Stephen Gostkowski's 28-yard

field goal with 53 seconds left gave the Patriots a 27-24 win.

The kick was set up by a 52-yard pass play. The Saints also

allowed kickoff returns of 52 and 50 yards by first-round draft

pick Devin McCourty.

On his first series since being chosen Super Bowl MVP, Drew

Brees threw an incompletion and was sacked for a 10-yard loss. But

on his third and final possession, he led a 20-play, 86-yard march

that lasted 10:01. It ended with a 2-yard scoring run by Reggie


Brees completed 9 of 13 passes for 55 yards.


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