Inside Jameis Winston’s Insane 4th Quarter For Saints In Week 1

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The New Orleans Saints were one of the biggest favorites in Week 1 according to the spread that was set in their matchup with their NFC South rivals, the Atlanta Falcons. Despite heading on the road, New Orleans was 5.5-point favorites as not many people gave the Falcons a chance to win the game.

For more than three quarters, all of those doubters looked like they would be proven wrong. Atlanta was playing very well, taking a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter after Younghoe Koo made a 27-yard field goal, his fourth of the game.

The Falcons’ win probability was as high as 97.1 percent in the fourth quarter as they were in a position to pull off the upset. However, kicking all those field goals eventually came back to haunt Atlanta.

The franchise that infamously blew a 28-3 lead during the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots had another meltdown on Sunday against the Saints. New Orleans stormed back in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.

All of that scoring came in 10:53 of game time. After struggling for the entire game before that, Jameis Winston caught fire and sparked the offense. He ended the game going 23-of-34 for 269 yards and two touchdowns, but virtually all of that production came in the final stanza.

Winston threw for 213 yards and both of his scores were in the fourth quarter of the game. According to PFF, he registered a grade of 93.4 in the furious fourth-quarter comeback.

That fourth quarter was an example of just how explosive this offense can be. There is a lot of talent surrounding Winston, a huge upgrade from what he was working with last season in his first season as the Saints’ starter.

Last season it was Alvin Kamara and not much else when it came to reliability. This year Kamara is still in the fold and Michael Thomas, who caught five passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns, is back from injury. Veteran Jarvis Landry led the team with seven receptions for 114 yards and they selected Chris Olave in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The pieces are there for New Orleans to have one of the best offenses in the NFL should Winston be able to perform close to the level that he did in the fourth quarter throughout an entire game.

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