Saints lose third straight

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Saints running back Darren Sproles

The New Orleans Saints (5-8) were defeated by the New York Giants (8-5) at MetLife Stadium 52-27 yesterday.

The Saints dropped their third consecutive contest against NFC Division leaders. New Orleans will return home next Sunday to face an NFC South opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Giants will face the Atlanta Falcons on the road next Sunday.

Drew Brees completed 26-of-43 passes for 354 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a passer rating of 75.1. Brees surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for the season and became the first quarterback in NFL history to surpass 4,000 yards in seven consecutive seasons.

"That was embarrassing what happened on the football field today," said Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt after the game. "It starts with me – that's where the blame should go. I didn't do a good enough job of getting this team prepared."

The Saints running backs contributed 143 yards on the ground on only 23 carries. Mark Ingram led the group with 68 yards on 13 carries (5.2 avg.).

Darren Sproles added 56 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries while also catching four passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Joe Morgan caught two long passes for 106 yards (53.0 avg.), and Marques Colston hauled in four passes for 61 yards (15.2 avg.).

Curtis Lofton led the team in tackles with nine (seven solo). Elbert Mack recorded an interception in the first quarter and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown. Isa Abdul-Quddus also added an interception in the second half to go with three solo tackles.

The Saints outgained the Giants in total offense 487-394, but New York was able return six kickoffs for 287 yards that consistently set them up with good field position.