Quarterback Derek Carr made quite the impression on Saints fans after an outstanding debut with New Orleans in their season opener against the Titans.
Carr, who had 305 yards and a touchdown in his first outing as a Saint, played a pivotal role in securing their hard-fought 16-15 victory on the road.
Saints defense shines in season opener
The game was marked by a remarkable defensive performance from the Saints, who didn’t allow a single touchdown in the game.
Additionally, they intercepted Ryan Tannehill three times, sacked him also on three occasions, and stopped Tennessee on 10 of 12 third-down plays.
Carr’s connection with his receiving corps showed a lot of promise.
Chris Olave was the standout, hauling in eight passes for an impressive 112 yards.
Rasheed Shaheed, the game’s hero, recorded five receptions for 89 yards and the crucial touchdown that ultimately secured the win for New Orleans.
Notably, Michael Thomas, who was back on the field after missing most of last season due to injury, made his presence felt with five receptions for 61 total yards.
The game saw both teams trading field goals for most of the game until Carr’s pivotal play.
With just 1:23 left in the third quarter, Carr executed a perfect pump-fake and delivered a precise pass to Shaheed, who made a spectacular catch in the end zone putting the Saints ahead 16-9, a lead they would hang on to until the clock ran out.
A Carr-Shaheed connection secured the W
When it mattered most, Carr delivered. On a critical third-and-6 play, he connected with Shaheed again for a 41-yard gain, setting up Jamaal Williams’ game-sealing run. The veteran quarterback’s ability to make clutch throws under pressure showcased his poise in the pocket.
On the other side of the ball, the Titans struggled to find a rhythm on offense. Tannehill completed just 16 of 34 passes for 198 yards and threw three interceptions.
Star running back Derrick Henry was held to a mere 63 yards rushing on 15 carries, thanks to the relentless Saints defense.
Carr summed up his debut with a focus on the most crucial aspect, getting a victory.
“A lot of emotions today, like I said, I just wanted to win for this city. That is all I wanted. We got the win. It doesn’t matter how we do it. Let’s just keep stacking.”Carr commented to CBS Sports after the game.
Next up for the Saints is a trip to Carolina to face the Panthers on the first game of Week 2’s Monday Night double-header on September 18.