With franchise quarterback
Drew Brees sitting out the first preseason game of the 2015 season the New Orleans Saints were slow out of the blocks but rallied against the Baltimore Ravens only to lose 30-27 Thursday night.
The Ravens won when third-string quarterback Bryn Renner scampered in from a yard out with two seconds to play.
The Saints looked like they had the game won when rookie running back
Marcus Murphy scored from 3 yards out with 1:56 to play for a 27-23 lead.
Robinson had a nice evening with two runs for 35 yards and and three catches for 37 yards.
Mark Ingram ran the ball four times for 15 yards. Tim Hightower played most of the second half and finished with 12 carries for 31 yards.
On offense, star receiver
Marques Colston also was given the night off as was running back C.J. Spiller. On defense, Akiem Hicks and Jairus Byrddidn't see any action. A handful of Saints players left the game with unspecified injuries.
Damian Swann had the defensive play of the night when he jumped a route to pick off Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub. Terrence Frederick also made an interception.
The Saints' two first-round draft picks, tackle
Andrus Peat and linebacker Stephone Anthony, both saw action. Anthony started at middle linebacker while Peat played a lot of snaps at right tackle.
The Saints had an unusually high number of penalties (16 for 143 yards) something for the team to work on when it returns to practices Saturday at The Greenbrier. The team will leave White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., on Aug. 21, one day before New Orleans takes on New England in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.