New Orleans Saints fall to Baltimore Ravens

Staff reports
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham lunges forward after a catch.

The New Orleans Saints’ six-game winning streak came to an end Sunday as the Baltimore Ravens claimed a 30-24 victory.

Baltimores’ Ray Rice ran for 153 yards, caught five passes for 80 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the way.

The Saints' rushing attack was held to 27 yards. Brees administered the majority of the yardage through the air, as he connected six times with Marques Colston for 80 yards.

Tight end Jimmy Graham caught a pair of touchdown passes, while wide receiver Lance Moore tip-toed the end zone sideline to haul in a 15-yard score.

With two regular season games remaining, New Orleans (10-4) will need to win at least one to clinch a playoff berth.

The Saints will face the NFC South leaders, the Atlanta Falcons, on Dec. 27 then close the season at home against the Tampa Bay Bucs on Jan. 2.

“The next two games are very big,”?Brees said. “They don’t get any bigger. We play two divisional opponents. We control our destiny, and we have a lot to play for. It’s too early to look at the playoff picture right now, but if we are a wild card team, the road to the Super Bowl will be on the road. We can handle that.”