The best Monday night matchup of the season turned out to be a lopsided win for the home team.
The Seattle Seahawks held the Saints to 188 total yards, fewest in the Brees/Payton era, and beat New Orleans 34-7. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson ran his record to 14-0 at home as a starter.
Drew Brees’ streak of nine consecutive wins on Monday night ended, convincingly.
The Saints were overmatched from the start. Michael Bennett returned a Drew Brees fumbled 22 yards to give Seattle a 7-0 first quarter lead.
Up 10-0, Wilson found tight end Zach Miller wipe open on a playoff action rollout for 60 yards inside the Saints 5 yard line. Wilson then hit Bennett for a two yard touchdown to give Seattle a 17-0 lead after one quarter.
Brees threw a two yard pass to Jimmy Graham for a touchdown that cut the Seattle lead to 17-7. But, with 13 seconds to play in the half, Wilson fooled the Saints defense. He bootlegged to the right, stopped and found Doug Baldwin all alone for a four yard touchdown pass that stretch Seattle’s lead to 27-7 at the half.
Wilson completed 22 of 30 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns.
The Saints were held to 3.8 yards per completion.
“We got beat, pretty good, so…,” said Saints head coach Sean Payton.
The Saints fell to 9-3 and in a tie for Carolina for first place in the NFC South. The Panthers play the Saints Sunday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Seattle moved to 11-1 on the season, with the number one seed in the NFC playoffs clearly in sight.