FOXBOROUGH – When Keenan Lewis cradled the pass from Tom Brady, a late interception that seemingly sealed a win by the Saints, the majority of the disappointed home crowd headed for the exits, leaving Gillette Stadium less than half full.
The Patriots offense had frittered away a 10-point halftime lead. Trailing by 4 points with barely 2 minutes left to play, all signs pointed to a two-game losing streak.
Then a funny thing happened. Given one final chance, the Patriots put together the kind of drive that can save a season. They marched 70 yards in eight plays, beating New Orleans Sunday in most improbable fashion, 30-27, on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds left. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.