(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — Patriots rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins — or as his teammates like to call him, KT — caught a go-ahead 17-yard touchdown with five seconds left in the game to propel the New England Patriots to a 30-27 victory over the previously unbeaten New Orleans Saints Sunday.
Down by four, with no timeouts and 1:13 left in the game, Tom Brady led the Pats on a 70-yard drive, completing 5 of 7 passes, the final being a perfect strike in the endzone to Thompkins.
It’s the 37th time in Brady’s career that he has led the Patriots to a win when they were either losing or tied in the fourth quarter.
The Saints (5-1) took a 24-23 lead with 3:29 remaining in the fourth quarter when Drew Brees delivered a touchdown pass over the outstretched arm of Alfonzo Dennard and into the hands of rookie receiver Kenny Stills.
The Patriots got the ball back but couldn’t complete a fourth-and-six on their own 24, setting up a Garrett Hartley field goal, increasing the Saints’ lead to four.
Brady threw an interception on the first play of the Pats next possession, sending many Patriots fans to their cars. But the New England defense made the Saints’ offense go three and out, allowing Brady and the offense to go on the game-winning drive.
The Patriots (5-1) received a great contribution from its defense, which held Saints tight end Jimmy Graham without a catch for the first time in 46 games.
Stevan Ridley rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN