New Orleans (USA), Sep 9.- The kicker Wil Lutz scored a 58-yard field goal when the statutory time expired and gave the victory to the New Orleans Saints who won this Monday 30-28 a the Houston Texans in the first game for both teams of the new season, number 100, of the National Football League (NFL).
Lutz’s action was the third play that ended with scoring in the last minute of the regulation time of the match corresponding to the First Week of the 2019-20 season.
Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to former Saints receiver Kenny Stills with 37 seconds left, and culminated a two-play 75-yard drive that put the Houston team in front of the score after they began their final possession for six with 50 seconds remaining.
But there was only enough time for Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who finished a 370-yard, two-touch performance, to complete a 15-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr., another 11-yard pass to Michael Thomas and a third to Ginn for 9 yards in rapid succession.
That allowed New Orleans to save its final wait time until there were only 2 seconds left and set the kick of Lutz’s entire career, which scored the longest and most miraculous field goal as a professional in the NFL.
Brees, 40, completed 32 of 43 passes. They made him an interception in the territory of Houston in the first half that could have been costly, but he did enough to make up for it.
The veteran passer seemed to have no choice of releasing the ball when he saw Ginn at the bottom of the field in third and 2 and connected for a 41-yard gain to the Houston 44 line and two minutes left.
Runner Alvin Kamara, who had 169 combined yards of ground and air advance, followed with a carry of 11 yards, and the Saints advanced the clock to 55 seconds before Lutz converted a 47-yard field goal for the partial from 27-21.
Watson completed 20 of 30 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, two of them with DeAndre Hopkins wide receiver as his main goal.
The young Texans quarterback also ran for a score of 21 yards on a fourth play.