By Jay Skurski
Penalties played a huge part of the third quarter today in the Superdome.
Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was flagged for a defensive holding call on a third-down play on the Saints’ first drive after halftime. That gave New Orleans an automatic first down, and quarterback Drew Brees took advantage by throwing his second touchdown pass of the day to tight end Jimmy Graham. That gave New Orleans a 28-10 lead.
Tight end Scott Chandler was also flagged for a questionable holding call on Buffalo’s ensuing possession, negating a 55-yard touchdown catch to T.J. Graham.
Penalties went the other way, as well. Saints cornerback Corey White took two roughing-the-passer penalties against Thad Lewis, helping the Bills extend the drive on which Chandler was also penalized.
Brees ballin’: Brees’ touchdown pass to Graham was his fourth of the day. Today marks his 22nd game throwing for at least four touchdowns, only Peyton Manning (23) has more since the start of 2001.
Stevie hobbled: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson continues to fight through a hamstring injury that he suffered in the second quarter. Johnson made only one catch in the third quarter, and was continually in and out of the lineup on the Bills' second drive.
Another three and out: The Bills' first drive of the first half went three and out, their second straight such possession. The Saints capitalized with Brees' TD to Graham. So the Bills ran six plays and New Orleans scored 14 points, stretching its lead from 14-10 to 28-10.
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