Wil Lutz nailed a 58-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the New Orleans Saints to a 30-28 victory over the Houston Texans on Monday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Lutz, who missed a field goal to end the first half, said he told head coach Sean Payton he only wanted a chance at redemption.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Lutz said following his walk-off field goal.
Houston tied the game at 27 on a Deshaun Watson strike to wide receiver Kenny Stills, a 37-yard score that capped a two-play, 75-yard drive started by a 38-yard dart to DeAndre Hopkins from Watson. The extra point was no good, but Ka’imi Fairbairn drew a 15-yard roughing the kicker penalty on rookie cornerback Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. Instead of wide right, the Texans received a redo and Fairbairn knocked it through for a 28-27 lead.
But Drew Brees and the Saints took over at their own 25 with 37 seconds left and chopped through the Texans’ one coverage to midfield in two completions. After killing the clock with seven seconds remaining, Brees hit Ted Ginn to gain nine yards and spent the team’s lone remaining timeout to bring Lutz back for his redemptive kick.
Watson, who was sacked six times, gutted through the game and left twice for medical attention on his lower back. He finished 20 of 30 for 268 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score.
Brees was 32 of 43 for 370 yards and two touchdowns. He found Michael Thomas 10 times for 123 yards.
–Field Level Media