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Third-quarter analysis: Penalties impact both sides

Penalties played a huge part of the third quarter today in
the Superdome.

Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was flagged for a defensive
holding call on a third-down play on the Saints’ first drive after halftime.
That gave New Orleans an automatic first down, and quarterback Drew Brees took
advantage by throwing his second touchdown pass of the day to tight end Jimmy
Graham. That gave New Orleans a 28-10 lead.

Tight end Scott Chandler was also flagged for a questionable
holding call on Buffalo’s ensuing possession, negating a  55-yard touchdown catch to T.J. Graham.

Penalties went the other way, as well. Saints cornerback
Corey White took two roughing-the-passer penalties against Thad Lewis, helping
the Bills extend the drive on which Chandler was also penalized.

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