Lutz's career-long field goal lifts Saints over Texans

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The New Orleans Saints - ever so close to winning the NFC championship last season - begin their quest to get to the Super Bowl this season with an opening night home game against the Houston Texans. That allowed New Orleans to save its final timeout until just 2 seconds remained and set up Lutz's career-long kick.

One of Brees' TD passes went to reserve QB and utility player Taysom Hill, who also subs in as a tight end or slot receiver. As Colin Cowherd producer Greg Toohey pointed out to me last night, they selected guard/tackle Tytus Howard out of Alabama in the first round, but he was unable to play Monday night due to a finger injury.

Williams intercepted a pass from Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson - it was Watson's third interception of the game. The Texans snatched the lead back with a big touchdown with 37 seconds left in the game. Having Howard as the left guard would be an improvement in the offensive line, but the Texans will have to make sure he is healthy enough to play before he makes his official debut.

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The Saints were down 14-3 and had the ball at their 30 for a 3rd-and-17 with 48 seconds left in the first half. Thomas was down around 42 seconds.

This is the first time the Saints won their season opener since 2013.

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