Drew Brees, Michael Thomas hold possible saints together and finish Ram's unbeaten season

Drew Brees, Michael Thomas hold possible saints together and finish Ram's unbeaten season

The Saints of New Orleans seemed to be in the quicksand most of the worried second half. But as usual, Drew Brees saved her.

The Los Angeles Rams saw a 35:14 lead evaporate, leading to an attack on the Saints in the fourth quarter. Then, after a rare stoppage of defense, Brees defeated Michael Thomas for 72 yards on ranks 3 and 7 to push away the Rams (and address Thomas's epic Joe Horn cell phone celebration). That brought the Saints to 45-35 and the result was the end result of a great match.

The Rams came into the match 8-0, the NFL's last undefeated team. In the NFC general standings, they still lead the 7-1 Saints by half a game, but New Orleans has a head-to-head victory in the potential tiebreaker. Brees Pass on Thomas to seal the victory could be a big deal at the end of the season once the NFC playoffs are set.

Michael Thomas has a big day

We've seen Brees go through the clutch so much that when he was against Third and 7 with the chance to return the ball to the fierce Rams attackers toward the end of the fourth quarter, he was probably just the place his. He had a perfect pass to Thomas for the outstanding score.

And obviously give Thomas appreciation. The star recipient of the Saints had set a monster day and all day Rams Cornerback Marcus Peters lit. Thomas had 12 catches for 211 yards and this huge touchdown.

The Saints then got a fourth stop and built a quarter-final after the two-minute warning to officially seal the victory.

The saints leave the rams in the game

Two conservative moments of the typically un-conservative Sean Payton and his associates gave the Rams life, though New Orleans scored 35 points in the first half.

After an unnecessary roughness penalty, the Rams pressed on their own 42 with nine seconds to go, and the Saints played in a soft zone defense. This allowed a remarkably simple (and fast) catch of 20 meters. The Rams have a good kicker in Greg Zuerlein, and he came with a 56-yard field goal to the end of the half. It did not make much sense to give the Rams such an easy chance of being in Zuerlein's reach. This has shortened the guidance of the saints to 35-17.

Then, in the third quarter, when the Rams had some momentum, the Saints rose to fourth and fourth places on Rams' 44-yard line. This is not the craziest call to the punt, but the Saints were quite content with a 35-24 lead at the time, as they knew the Rams had the offensive ability to get back into the game.

And that's how it happened.

Saints get a big lead in a possible playoff rematch

There are not many teams that are so offended that they can give up 35 points in a half on the way to a good team like the Saints and still be able to get back into the game. The Rams had scored 35-35 in Cooper Kupp's long fourth-quarter touchdown after appearing to have made the Rams at 35-14. Give the Rams a lot of credit for defending yourself.

Los Angeles has shown in the comeback that it's as good as its 8-0 record suggests. But the saints were just a little bit better, thanks to a great play by Brees to Thomas. Would not it be funny to watch these teams in January? After Sunday there is a much better chance that a rematch will take place at the Superdome.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees hit Michael Thomas with a huge touchdown pass to knock off the unbeaten Rams. (AP)

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