The New Orleans Saints made Seattle look lost on Sunday, forcing three turnovers and recovering an onside kick that helped New Orleans escape with a 13-10 victory.
The Seahawks and Saints, two of the top defenses in the league, had combined for 109 points, with Seattle taking the lead on its opening drive, only to watch New Orleans respond with seven straight points. They had combined for just 24 points, with six of them coming on Michael Thomas’ touchdown on the first play from scrimmage for the Saints.
Late in the first half, however, Percy Harvin made one of the biggest plays of his young career, catching a 26-yard pass from Russell Wilson that put Seattle in Saints territory. The drive ended with Marshawn Lynch running in for a 10-yard touchdown, but on fourth down, the Saints batted the ball to a Washington defensive back who picked it up and returned it to the Seattle 17. Five plays later, Drew Brees hit Ted Ginn Jr. with a 14-yard touchdown pass to put New Orleans up 13-7 going into halftime.
The Saints continued to press, holding Seattle scoreless in the third quarter and stuffing Lynch for no gain on a third-and-short in the fourth quarter, helping the Saints clinch their third straight victory and earn a rematch with Carolina, which it beat by three points at home last weekend.
Wilson finished 22 of 35 for 212 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and Lynch, the star running back he replaced, carried the ball just 12 times for 26 yards.