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NFL: New Orleans 22, Tennessee 17

Dec. 11, 2011 at 5:11 PM   |   Comments

NASHVILLE, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Drew Brees found Marques Colston with scoring strikes twice in the fourth quarter Sunday, boosting the New Orleans Saints to a 22-17 win over Tennessee.

Colston finished with seven catches for 105 yards, including a go-ahead, 35-yard TD pass early in the final frame and the game-clinching 28-yard catch with 7 minutes remaining.

Brees completed 36-of-46 passes for 337 yards and the NFC South leading Saints (10-3) held off a pair of late challenges to preserve their fifth straight victory.

Tennessee (7-6) lost quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to a left calf injury in the second quarter but played well under rookie backup Jake Locker, who connected on 13-of-29 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown.

Locker also provided a ground threat, carrying the ball six times for 36 yards and a score.

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