DENVER (WAFB) - The New Orleans Saints traveled to Denver to take on the Broncos on Sunday, Nov. 29, and came away with their first win at Mile High Stadium since 1994.
The Saints (9-2) used a dominating defense and powerful run game to cruise past the Broncos (4-7), 31-3, for their eighth straight win this season. With the win over the Broncos, Sean Payton has defeated all 31 other teams.
Taysom Hill was 9-of-16 for 78 yards and an interception. He ran the ball 10 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Latavius Murray was the leading rusher, carrying the ball 19 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns, including one that went for 36 yards. It was his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. The Saints totaled 229 rush yards for the game.
The Broncos turned to wide receiver Kendall Hinton, who had last played quarterback in college at Wake Forest, to take snaps after Drew Lock, Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles were all ruled ineligible due to COVID-19 protocols. Hinton was only 1-of-9 for 13 yards and two interceptions. The Broncos ran many plays out of the Wildcat, using running backs to take snaps. They finished with exactly 100 yards rushing.
The New Orleans defense only registered one sack but had six tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, and two interceptions. It also forced and recovered a fumble. The Denver offense was just 1-of-10 on third down.
After a scoreless first quarter, Hill led a 13-play, 74-yard march down the field and called his own number to finish it off with a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Saints up 7-0 with 10:19 remaining in the second quarter.
Later, on a bad snap by former LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry, running back Phillip Lindsey was tackled and fumbled just as he picked up the ball. Former LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander scooped up the ball and returned it 20 yards to the Denver 13-yard line to put New Orleans in striking distance.
Five plays later, Hill ran to the right side and found pay dirt for the second time. The 2-yard touchdown run made it 14-0 with 1:03 left in the first half.
The Saints’ defense made another big play. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins intercepted a pass by Hinton to give the ball back to New Orleans.
The Saints picked up 19 yards in :12 on two plays to get in field goal range and Wil Lutz was true from 40 yards out to give the Saints a 17-0 lead at halftime.
The Broncos finally got on the board in the third quarter on a career-long 58-yard field goal by Brandon McManus to make it 17-3.
Later, Murray took a handoff, made one cut, and took it 36 yards to the house to extend the lead to 24-3. In the fourth quarter, he scored again on an 8-yard run to make it 31-3.
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