Brady-led comeback drops Saints from ranks of unbeaten

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The list of NFL unbeatens is down two, and the Saints aren’t one of them.

New England quarterback Tom Brady tossed a 17 yard touchdown pass to receiver Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds to play as the Patriots rallied to beat the Saints, 30-27 Sunday in Foxboro.

Brady drove the Patriots 8 plays, 70 yards in 1:08 with no time outs.

“Sorry if you had to rewrite some stories there at the end,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

The Saints appeared to be on their way to their sixth consecutive win to start the 2013 season. With 3:35 to play, on third and 20, Drew Brees threw a 34 yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Garrett Hartley booted a 39 yard field goal to widen the Saints lead to 27-23.

The Saints had stopped the Patriots twice in the last 3:29 of the game. A fourth and six incomplete pass turned the ball over to the Saints at the New England 24. That led to Hartley’s field goal.

Keenan Lewis’ interception of a Brady pass appeared to snuff out New England’s chances. But, the Saints went three and out and punted the ball back to the Patriots in what appeared to be desperate situation.

“We can’t let this loss linger,” said Saints head coach Sean Payton.