Saints quarterback Drew Brees knew his offense couldn’t give Tom Brady and the Patriots too many chances late in the fourth quarter on Sunday.
But in its last two possessions, that’s exactly what New Orleans did.
With a 1-point lead and 3:29 remaining, Brees and Co. failed to run out the clock a pair of times, giving the Patriots one last shot. And they cashed in, Brady marching them 70 yards and hitting Kenbrell Thompkins for a 17-yard score with five seconds remaining for a 30-27 win at Gillette Stadium.
“We needed to get just one first down so that we could’ve put ourselves in position to run out the clock,” Brees said, “or at least got the clock down so far that it would’ve been nearly impossible to come back.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.