Brees has day to forget

  • Last Updated: December 16 2013, 9:26 GMT

Drew Brees threw two interceptions that led to touchdowns as the St Louis Rams beat the New Orleans Saints 27-16.

Kellen Clemens: Threw two touchdown passes for the Rams
Kellen Clemens: Threw two touchdown passes for the Rams

"When you looked at their sideline, they realised 'Oh gosh, like, here we go again,'" Rams defensive end Chris Long said. "We hit 'em early, and they were reeling."

Everything went sour fast for the 10-win Saints. Brees was intercepted on the first snap, and again in the second series, and the Saints played catch-up all day.

"You want to talk about waking the whole place up," Brees said. "That did it."

Quinn had two sacks, giving him an NFC-leading 15, for a pass rush that took the heat off a young secondary. His quarterback hit on the Saints' first snap of the game altered the flight of the ball on TJ McDonald's interception, and he had a sack, strip and fumble recovery to keep the Saints down in the third quarter.

The Saints (10-4) missed their first chance to clinch a play-off berth, trailing 24-3 at the half, but made it look respectable with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. They're unbeaten at home, but just 3-4 on the road and play at Carolina with the NFC South lead on the line next week.

Kellen Clemens threw for two TDs in the first quarter, matching his best performance in seven games as the fill-in starter for Sam Bradford.

The Rams (6-8) recovered an onside kick to set up a field goal in the first quarter, and Michael Brockers blocked a field-goal attempt at the end of the half.

Brees was 39 for 56 for 393 yards, but with just one touchdown, and threw two interceptions in the first quarter for the first time in a decade.

Brees scored on a one-yard sneak and threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston with 3:07 to go. The Saints recovered an onside kick, but their comeback ended when Garrett Hartley was wide left on a 26-yard field-goal attempt.

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