Saints fall to Broncos

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passes against the San Diego Chargers earlier in the season. Brees threw two touchdown passes in a 34-14 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

DENVER - The New Orleans Saints were defeated by the Denver Broncos 34-14, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday night.

The Saints (2-5) have not defeated the Broncos since 1994 with Denver winning the last four contests. The Saints now move to 1-5 on the road against the Broncos and Denver (4-3) leads the series 8-2 overall.

The loss ended New Orleans' streak of six consecutive Sunday night wins.

"I have to do a better job of preparing our team," interim head coach Joe Vitt said.

The Saints begin preparations for a contest against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 5 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday Night Football.

Quarterback Drew Brees completed 22-of-42 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Brees extended his NFL record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 50.

Running back Darren Sproles was a threat in the passing game, catching seven passes for 56 yards and one touchdown reception. Tight end Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 63 yards and touchdown.

Linebacker Curtis Lofton and safety Roman Harper each recorded nine tackles and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks forced a fumble.

The Broncos were able to strike first in the two team's first matchup since 2008.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning orchestrated an 11-play, 98-yard drive capped off by a 1-yard run by Willis McGahee.

Lofton recovered a fumble on the Broncos' next possession and Brees connected with Sproles for a 29-yard touchdown to even the score. It was Brees' 300th touchdown pass of his career to tie him with John Elway for sixth all-time in NFL record books.

Wesley Woodyard intercepted Brees on the Saints' next possession and Manning connected with Eric Decker for a 13-yard touchdown to put the Broncos ahead for good.