New Orleans—The Saints have found yet another way to win.
Quarterback Drew Brees drove the Saints 80 yards in 33 seconds to tie the game, and in overtime Garrett Hartley kicked an 18 yard field goal as the Saints completed an improbable rally with a 33-30 win over the Redskins Sunday in Washington.
The Redskins were on the verge of handing the Saints their first loss of the season. But kicker Shaun Suisham missed a 23 yard field goal attempt wide right with 1:52 to play. That kick would have given the Redskins a 10 point lead.
Brees then drove the Saints 80 yards. His 53 yard touchdown pass to Robert Meachem with 1:19 to play to tied the game at 30. Meachem beat Washington safety LaRon Landry, who bit on a pump fake. Meachem ran right by Landry, caught the pass, and streaked to the end zone.
The Saints survived despite allowing the Redskins 455 total yards.
Of the unlikely win Brees said, "I do believe in karma."
The Saints had two very fortunate breaks. In the second quarter Brees was intercepted by Washington's Kareem Moore. On the return, wide receiver Robert Meachem grabbed the ball out of Moore's hands and raced 44 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 17 just before half.
In overtime, Washington won the coin flip. On the first drive in overtime, Washington's Jason Campbell threw a pass in the right flat to Mike Sellers. Sellers was upended by Chris McAlister at the Washington 37. The ball popped loose but was ruled down by contact on the field.
However, replay reversed the call, giving the Saints the ball and leading to Hartley's game winning field goal.
It was Hartley's first action of the season. He was suspended for the first four games. John Carney had kicked the first 11 games, but was inactive after struggling against New England.
Carney missed one field goal and he made a 30 yarder but only after it banked in off the left upright.
The 12-0 Saints tied a franchise record for victories in a season. The Saints also won 12 games in 1987 and 1992.
The Saints clinched the NFC South title when Atlanta lost at home to Philadelphia.