New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Game Information
Location: TIAA Bank Field Jacksonville, Florida
Attendance: 64,341

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Minshew Mania didn't have a prayer against New Orleans.

Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew was harassed, hurried and humbled in a 13-6 loss to the Saints on Sunday, his worst performance of the season coming just a few hours after Pope Francis accidentally tweeted support for the visiting team.

"Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new (hash)Saints," Pope Francis tweeted. "They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession."

The hashtag and capitalization inadvertently added the Fleur de Lis, the emblem associated with the Saints and worn on their helmets. It was widely regarded as a good omen for New Orleans.

The Saints (5-1) took it from there, holding Minshew without a touchdown pass for the first time in six games and limiting the Jaguars (2-4) to a season-low 226 yards.

"I told our defense I felt like if they played eight quarters they were not going to score a touchdown today," Saints coach Sean Payton said.

The Saints retweeted the pope after their fourth consecutive victory, saying "Couldn't lose after this. (hash)Blessed and highly favored."

New Orleans kept Minshew in the pocket while still getting pressure and did an equally impressive job on the AFC's leading receiver, DJ Chark. Marshon Lattimore shadowed Chark and got safety help over the top. Chark managed three receptions for 43 yards against bracket coverage.

Minshew, who threw for 374 yards last week, finished 14 of 29 passing for 163 yards and an interception. He was sacked twice and scrambled two times for a yard.

"It's just about showing different looks, trying to confuse him into throwing us the ball," Saints cornerback Eli Apple said. "He did that in the second half."

Teddy Bridgewater delivered the decisive play in a defensive game. He found Jared Cook for a 4-yard touchdown early in the fourth, putting the Saints ahead for good and helping them improve to 4-0 without injured star Drew Brees.

Coming off a 300-yard, four-touchdown performance against Tampa Bay, Bridgewater was less effective against the Jaguars. He missed wide-open receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn for would-be touchdowns.

But he did enough for New Orleans' defense, which turned Minshew Mania into mush.

The worst outing of Minshew's young career came on the same day the team, in conjunction with the NFL, handed out 30,000 "Minshew mustaches" as fans entered the gates.

"It was a tough day; they're a good team," Minshew said. "I missed some balls I can't miss."

With the pope tweeting about the Saints, what chance did Minshew really have? It didn't help that he played with a sore groin and a brace on his left knee.

Minshew sat slumped in the bowels of the stadium, grass stains covering his white pants, a hole ripped in his undershirt and a smoothie in hand. But he made no excuses.

"We've got enough guys to make plays and we're going to do better," he said.

KNOCKOUT HIT

Saints linebacker Demario Davis delivered a knockout hit on tight end Geoff Swaim in the fourth. Swaim was seemingly unconscious as he hit the ground. Team trainers and paramedics rushed to his side. Davis knelt next to Swaim and removed his helmet.

Swaim eventually walked off the field without assistance. He was placed in the league's concussion protocol.

"I know he was able to walk off the field, but you don't know what the residuals are," said Davis, who grew up in the same Mississippi city as Minshew. "It's a bang-bang league. Sometimes those unfortunate hits happen, and we don't like them."

RAMSEY INACTIVE

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was inactive for the third consecutive week because of an apparent back injury. Ramsey was ruled out three days after owner Shad Khan said he expected the disgruntled defender to play against the Saints.

HOMECOMING GAME

Jacksonville recognized more than 80 former players before the game and honored the team's top 25 players from its 25 years of existence at halftime. Left tackle Tony Boselli, running back Fred Taylor and receiver Jimmy Smith got the biggest ovations during the ceremony.

LINEUP TWEAK

Jacksonville kept rookie linebacker Quincy Williams on the bench. Williams was taken out in the fourth quarter of last week's loss at Carolina. The third-round draft pick was out of position on many plays as the Panthers ran for 285 yards, the second most in Jacksonville's history. Veteran backup Najee Goode started in his place.

KEY INJURIES

Saints running back Alvin Kamara tweaked a knee late but is expected to be fine. ... Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee, who missed all of last season after tearing three ligaments in his left knee, injured his right foot/ankle in the third quarter and had to be helped to the locker room. ... Jaguars cornerback D.J. Hayden left in the fourth and was evaluated for a concussion.

UP NEXT

Saints play at Chicago next Sunday. New Orleans has won the past four meetings.

Jaguars play at Cincinnati next Sunday. The Bengals have won four of the past five meetings.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Saints Jaguars
02:29 Wil Lutz 47 yd FG 3 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Saints Jaguars
02:41 Josh Lambo 22 yd FG 3 3

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Saints Jaguars
08:40 Wil Lutz 21 yd FG 6 3
03:11 Josh Lambo 32 yd FG 6 6

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Saints Jaguars
11:49 Jared Cook 4 yd pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Wil Lutz kick) 13 6

Team Stats
  New Orleans Jacksonville
1st Downs 18 11
Total Yards 326 226
Passing 222 151
Passing Completions/Attempts 24-36 14-29
Yards/Pass 5.7 4.9
Rushing 104 75
Rushing Attempts 26 24
Yards/Rush 4.0 3.1
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 33:09 26:51

New Orleans Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Teddy Bridgewater 24 36 240 6.7 1 0

Jacksonville Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Gardner Minshew II 14 29 163 5.6 0 1

New Orleans Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Latavius Murray 8 44 5.5 0 15
Alvin Kamara 11 31 2.8 0 7
Taysom Hill 3 17 5.7 0 19
Ted Ginn Jr. 1 12 12.0 0 12
Teddy Bridgewater 3 0 0.0 0 2

Jacksonville Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Leonard Fournette 20 72 3.6 0 16
Gardner Minshew II 2 1 0.5 0 2
Ryquell Armstead 1 1 1.0 0 1
Marqise Lee 1 1 1.0 0 1

New Orleans Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Michael Thomas 8 89 11.1 0 26
Jared Cook 3 37 12.3 1 20
Ted Ginn Jr. 2 36 18.0 0 27
Alvin Kamara 7 35 5.0 0 14
Latavius Murray 3 35 11.7 0 17
Josh Hill 1 8 8.0 0 8

Jacksonville Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Dede Westbrook 3 53 17.7 0 23
Leonard Fournette 6 46 7.7 0 10
DJ Chark Jr. 3 43 14.3 0 22
Seth DeValve 1 16 16.0 0 16
Geoff Swaim 1 5 5.0 0 5
Chris Conley 0 0 0.0 0

New Orleans Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Demario Davis 5 1 0 0
Cameron Jordan 3 2 2 12
A.J. Klein 3 3 0 0
Marshon Lattimore 3 0 0 0
Kiko Alonso 2 1 0 0
Eli Apple 2 0 0 0
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson 2 0 0 0
P.J. Williams 2 0 0 0
Marcus Williams 2 3 0 0
Vonn Bell 1 2 0 0
Marcus Davenport 1 4 0 0
David Onyemata 1 1 0 0
Sheldon Rankins 1 0 0 0
Shy Tuttle 1 0 0 0
Malcom Brown 0 3 0 0
J.T. Gray 0 0 0 0
Justin Hardee Sr. 0 0 0 0

Jacksonville Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Tre Herndon 6 3 0 0
Najee Goode 4 2 1 6
A.J. Bouye 4 1 0 0
Calais Campbell 4 1 0 0
D.J. Hayden 4 2 0 0
Myles Jack 3 5 0 0
Leon Jacobs 3 0 0 0
Marcell Dareus 2 0 0 0
Ronnie Harrison 2 2 0 0
Abry Jones 2 1 0 0
Dawuane Smoot 1 1 1 9
Josh Allen 1 1 1 3
Cody Davis 1 1 0 0
Lerentee McCray 1 0 0 0
Yannick Ngakoue 1 0 0 0
Andrew Wingard 1 0 0 0
DJ Chark Jr. 0 0 0 0
Josh Robinson 0 0 0 0

New Orleans Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Marshon Lattimore 1 0 0

Jacksonville Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New Orleans Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Deonte Harris 1 21 21.0 0 21

Jacksonville Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

New Orleans Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Deonte Harris 2 12 6.0 0 9

Jacksonville Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Dede Westbrook 1 0 0.0 0 0

New Orleans Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Wil Lutz 2 2 100.0 47

Jacksonville Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Josh Lambo 2 2 100.0 32

New Orleans Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Thomas Morstead 6 251 51

Jacksonville Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Logan Cooke 5 244 61