St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – Ryan Griffin accounted for 179 yards and a touchdown as the New Orleans Saints outlasted the St. Louis Rams, 26-24 Friday at Edward Jones Dome.
Chris Long intercepted Saints starter Luke McCown that set up Shaun Hill hitting Cory Harkey from 16 yards to put the Rams up 7-0 at 8:10 of the first.
Shayne Graham’s 37-yard field goal cut the Saints’ deficit to 7-3.
Then the Saints overtook the Rams 9-7 at 8:32 of the second with a one-yard run by Khiry Robinson.
But another touchdown pass by Shaun Hill, this time to Stedman Bailey from 24 yards, put the Rams up 14-7.
Mark Ingram’s 22-yard run following a Shayne Graham boot helped the Saints regain the lead at 16-14.
The Rams would take a halftime lead at 17-16 with Greg Zuerlein’s 45-yard field goal.
The Saints had a big third quarter, retaking the lead with a Derek Dimke’s 37-yard field goal and Griffin’s 25-yard touch down pass to first-round pick Brandin Cooks.
New Orleans defense also kept the Rams from scoring.
Austin Davis hit Austin Franklin from 15 yards at 11:07 of the final quarter for the Rams, but the Saints held on.
Rams starter Hill was credited with two touchdown passes in the first half, while rookie defensive end Michael Sam made one tackle and one quarterback hit against Ryan Griffin.