The Saints may be undefeated, but the Patriots showed no fear on their opening offensive possession.  They marched 80 yards on 14 plays, including two fourth down conversions Рthe last of which was a 4th and one touchdown run by Laurence Maroney.

Maroney had runs of 22 yards and gained a total of 39-yards on 7 carries including his touchdown to put the Patriots up 7-3 with 3:34 left in the first quarter.