The Washington Redskins’ 34-14 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night brought Washington back from a two-game losing streak and pushed them back into first place in the NFC East.
The Redskins were already leading the NFC in total yards allowed (3,836) when the Saints went on the offensive with a touchdown run and then scored a touchdown to put the game out of reach.
The touchdown came in the third quarter, after the Redskins had held New Orleans to two points all game.
But the score was nullified with a field goal by quarterback Drew Brees and a fourth-quarter penalty by Saints safety Jahri Evans that negated any potential touchdown.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Stanton threw for a career-high 327 yards and four touchdowns and the Saints scored touchdowns of their own on two of their first three possessions.
They were led by running back Alvin Kamara (22 carries, 117 yards) with five catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
Saints receiver Rishard Matthews had 10 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown.
Stanton was sacked seven times, with Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro recording four.
The Saints finished the day with the NFL’s fourth-best scoring offense and seventh-best rushing offense.
They also were led in total offense (6,633) by running backs Alvin Kamalah (38 carries, 104 yards) and Mark Ingram (18 carries, 78 yards).
The Saints had just two first-half turnovers.
The NFL’s most-watched game of the week, with 2.9 million viewers, came against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 8 when the Falcons beat the Arizona Cardinals 23-20.
The Seahawks have won the division three straight seasons.