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Saints returning to scene of Meachem miracle vs. Redskins

METAIRIE, La. – When New Orleans Saints fans think of facing the Washington Redskins, they immediately think of the Meachem play.

As in receiver Robert Meachem, who snatched the ball away from Redskins safety Kareem Moore after an interception and returned it 44 yards for a Saints touchdown in 2009.

It was arguably the craziest play in one of the wildest games in New Orleans’ Super Bowl-winning season – a 33-30 overtime win at Washington in Week 13.

The Saints later benefitted from a missed 23-yard field goal by Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham and a 53-yard TD from Drew Brees to Meachem in the final minutes of regulation. It kept the Saints’ perfect season intact at 12-0 (before they finished 13-3).

And it was one of many “good things are gonna happen” plays that defined the Saints’ run to the title.

The Saints’ website posted a clip of Meachem’s play this week as the Saints prepare to head to Washington for the first time since that 2009 game.

“An unbelievable individual play. I mean if I can think back to the top five plays in history that I’ve ever seen or been a part of, that would be one of them,” Brees said when asked about the play this week. “Just with where we were that season, just wanting to stay undefeated and keep that alive. And that game in particular where we get down early and we really were down 10 or more points for most of that game.

“We’re trying to get some momentum [before halftime], and all of a sudden they get an interception and it looks like they might have the ball at midfield … and all of a sudden Meach just rips that thing out. And that’s a big swing. … Then he comes back at the end of the game and catches the touchdown to send it to OT. Man, it was pretty awesome.”