New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches game action against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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Drew Brees injured, Saints lose 27-9 to Rams

Amos Morale III
September 15, 2019 - 6:51 pm
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The New Orleans Saints lost to the Rams Sunday. But with all that happened in Sunday’s matchup, the final score seemed like an afterthought as quarterback Drew Brees left the 27-9 loss to Los Angeles (2-0) with an injury to his throwing hand. 

Brees injured his right hand after knocking it against Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald's hand on a pass attempt. Shortly after, Brees was examined by the team's medical staff and could be seen on the sideline with the hand wrapped. The broadcast team announced the Saints' veteran QB was questionable to return, and Teddy Bridgewater checked in for Brees on New Orleans' next offensive drive.

Brees spent the rest of the game on the sideline and Bridgewater fought through offensive struggles, including penalties, to try and keep New Orleans (1-1) in the game.

The Saints’ offense was flagged 10 times while Bridgewater finished 17-of-30 for 165 yards as the Saints posted just 244 total yards.

The Saints were also held without a touchdown for just the third time under Sean Payton.

New Orleans appeared to score one in the second quarter when Cam Jordan recovered and returned a Jared Goff fumble forced by defensive lineman Trey Hendrickson. But an officiating mishap negated the score. Officials initially ruled the ball wasn't fumbled, but rather an incomplete pass, and blew the play dead during Jordan's return. After a review, the ruling was changed as it was determined that the ball was indeed fumbled, but because the play was blown dead the Saints had to take the ball at the spot of the recovery.  

The play drew the ire of Saints fans on social media as refs made a now infamous error the last time the Saints played the Rams. In the 2018 NFC Championship Game, officials failed to call pass interference on an early hit by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman. The no-call contributed to the Saints' loss. 

The Saints' ensuing drive after Sunday's error stalled after running back Alvin Kamara was stuffed on a fourth-and-1.

The Rams, who led 6-3 at halftime, were able to pull away from the Saints thanks to second-half touchdowns from Goff, running back Todd Gurley and receiver Brandin Cooks. 

 

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