NFL night football: New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots
New Orleans, LA — The New Orleans Hornets and the New England Revolution each got their season’s first game back on Sunday night in a thrilling 3-2 victory.
New Orleans defeated the Revs in overtime to move into sole possession of first place in the East Division and a first-round bye in the playoffs.
The Saints were outscored 27-7 in the second half, but they could only manage one shot at tying the game.
With less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Revz offense ran out the clock to take advantage of the Revolution’s inability to score.
The game turned on a pair of late defensive miscues for the Hornets, including a turnover in front of the net by Revs defender David Azevedo, and the Revts penalty kill’s inability get to the net.
The Revs went into halftime trailing by two goals.
With less time left in the game, the Hornets got the first chance to tie it when forward Jeremy Lovelocque made a feed from the back post and slotted the ball into the net for the game-winning goal.
The goal came against the run of play, which would lead to a Revs power play goal, but the Revsphere missed a wide open Lovelacque with the rebound.
The Revs were not able to capitalize on their chances and could only muster two shots on goal in the final two minutes of regulation.
The Hornets made a late push, but it was not enough, and New Orleans took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Revolution took the lead late in the first half, when forward Bobby Boswell hit a backhand shot over Revs net to give the Hornets the lead.
It was the Rev’s first goal since May 21.
The two teams would go scoreless in the third period, but both teams went into the locker room at halftime with a 3-0 advantage.
The score remained tied until a late goal by Revz centerback James Chambers forced a game-tying goal.