The Saints got off to a very sloppy start with the defense letting the Chiefs take over to run the ball 80 yards down the field in 14 plays to score a touchdown on the opening play of the game. For fans this looked like a continuation of the 2012 season where Sean Payton was suspended as their coach and the team just went limp on the field.
After this wakeup call, the Saint's defense dug in and the offense, led by Drew Brees started to click by the end of the first quarter. The Chiefs were held to 50 yards for the remainder of the half.
Drew Brees started as quarterback for the Saints and connected on 7 out of 10 passes for a total of 65 yards. McCown came in early during the second quarter and got off to a slow start. McCown found his grove in the second half of the game completing 7 of 9 passes for 75 yards, leading to two first downs. McCown connected with Nick Toon and Andy Tanner, who are battling for the starting position for the first downs. Garrett Hartley put the Saints on the scoreboard with a 24 yard field goal that cut the lead for the Chiefs with a score of 10-3.
It was Payton Parker that stole the show for the Saints by picking up the first touchdown for the Saints in the third quarter and tying the game 10-10. Parker also added a second touchdown in the third to put the Saints on top 17-10. Parker's 33 yard catch leading to the second touchdown was the longest of the game.
Sean Payton had this to say about the pre-season game and the Chief's, "That tempo was a little bit unsettling. But I think we settled in and played a little bit better."
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