This was a defensive struggle from start to finish. Coming into the game coach challenged the defense to keep them in contention. They answered with 17 points off turnovers to win 17-14. The front 7 didnt allow thomas or sproles to gain much momentum and the line harrassed New Orleans QB all game. The saints defense held there own as denver never got anything going offensively either. That was expected with d thomas still out with injury and its obvious they need him back as no other weapon can seem to get off the constant press coverage and seperate. With the score at zero most of the first half a pick 6 put denver up. The saints answered on there next possession and took a lead later. But as bailey has done all his career he took one back to make it 14 all. With both teams punters constantly on the field after multiple 3 and outs Tracy porter grabed a pick taking it to the 30 late in the 4th. That proved all that was needed as NO couldnt put together the game winning drive with 2min left. Overall denver forced multiple turnovers and stoped NO from ever getting comfortable and managing any type of consistency. With mixing in zones and man coverage beautifully Denver was able to keep the game on there terms throughout.