In the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, the Redskins moved the ball to a first down at the New Orleans 34 - within range of a potential game-winning field goal - but Cousins was flagged for intentional grounding on first down, moving the Redskins out of field-goal range. A Wil Lutz 28-yard field goal ended the insane comeback. The kick was set up by two huge Mark Ingram runs, the first for 20 yards and the second for 31 yards.
Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson suffered a broken right fibula late in the third quarter against the Saints and was carted off the field. They're 4-6 in a conference where it could take 10 wins to make the postseason. New Orleans proved that good to great teams never believe they are out of games.
But sure enough, two quick touchdowns, three defensive stops and a field goal in overtime led the Saints to a 34-31 victory and kept them flying as the hottest team in the National Football League (even on their worst day). Faced with a fourth-and-1 from their own 15, tight end Niles Paul, a blocker lined up 5 yards behind center, took the shotgun snap and ran straight ahead for a 5-yard gain and the first down. They then picked up the two-point conversion as Alvin Kamara walked into the end zone untouched.
But Drew Brees also had his finest moment of the year, completing 11-of-11 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns on the Saints' two quick touchdown drives at the end of regulation.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees could see the tide turn in the Black and Gold's favor. He finished the game 22-of-32 for 322 yards and three touchdowns.
On offense, the Saints, coming off a 298-yard rushing game last week, was held to 160 rushing yards this time.
The Saints looked nothing like a team on a seven-game winning streak.
New Orleans was missing two defensive starters going into the game - linebacker A.J.