Saints Make Playoff Move, Beat 'Zona

Also, Panthers win low-scoring battle while Tampa routs Atlanta
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2007 7:46 PM CST
Saints Make Playoff Move, Beat 'Zona
New Orleans Saints running back Aaron Stecker runs the ball as Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby goes for the tackle during the first half of their game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007. The Saints won 31-24. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)   (Associated Press)

New Orleans, essentially playing must-win games every week, got one today over fellow playoff hopeful Arizona, 31-24. Quarterback Drew Brees was outstanding, completing nearly 90 percent of his passes, while Aaron Stecker balanced the offense with 95 yards rushing and two scores, reports the Times-Picayune. The Saints (7-7) also pressured Cardinals QB Kurt Warner into two turnovers. Elsewhere:

  • Rookie Matt Moore was mistake-free and outplayed his veteran counterpart Matt Hasselbeck as Carolina defeated Seattle 13-10. All the scoring came in the fourth quarter.
  • New coach, same result for the listless Atlanta Falcons, who were whipped by Tampa Bay, 37-3. The Bucs, who clinched the NFC South title, had their first kickoff return touchdown in team history.
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