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Hail Mary helps New Orleans Saints to 33-22 win over Washington Football Team

Oct 10, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway (1) catches a touchdown  pass against the Washington Football Team during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 10, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway (1) catches a touchdown pass against the Washington Football Team during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston threw four touchdown passes as the visiting New Orleans Saints defeated the Washington Football Team 33-22 on Sunday afternoon.

Winston completed 15 of 30 passes for 279 yards and overcame an interception and a lost fumble to lead the Saints (3-2). Two of his touchdown passes went to Marquez Callaway and one each went to Alvin Kamara, who also rushed for a touchdown, and Deonte Harris.

Antonio Gibson ran for two touchdowns and Dustin Hopkins kicked three field goals for Washington (2-3). Taylor Heinicke completed 20 of 41 for 248 yards with two interceptions.

Hopkins' 24-yard field goal produced the only points of the third quarter and pulled Washington within 20-16.

Just a minute into the fourth quarter, P.J. Williams intercepted Heinicke, leading to Winston's 12-yard touchdown pass to Callaway, giving New Orleans a 27-16 lead with 12:16 remaining.

Heinicke converted a fourth and 14 on the way to Gibson's 1-yard touchdown run that left the Saints with a 27-22 lead after a failed two-point conversion with 7:56 left.

Winston's 19-yard touchdown pass to Kamara gave New Orleans a 33-22 lead with 3:21 left.

The first possession of the game ended with Winston being intercepted by Cole Holcomb, setting up Hopkins' 45-yard field goal.

Winston bounced back on the next possession with a career-long 72-yard touchdown pass to Harris, giving New Orleans a 7-3 lead.

Washington drove 72 yards on the next drive to give Hopkins a chance at a 23-yard field goal, which he connected to get move the score to 7-6 with 4:58 left in the first quarter.

The Saints seemed to withstand Winston's lost fumble at their 44, but roughing-the-punter and pass interference penalties kept alive a possession that ended with Gibson's 5-yard touchdown run. That gave Washington a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Kamara ran 23 yards for a touchdown tie the score at 13. Cody Parkey had his first of two missed extra point attempts.

Washington punted from its end zone and New Orleans took over at its 49 with eight seconds left in the half. Winston launched a Hail Mary pass that a leaping Callaway caught in the end zone as time expired to give the Saints a 20-13 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media