(NEW ORLEANS, LA) - The Indianapolis Colts suffered one of the worst losses in franchise history to the New Orleans Saints last night, 62-7.
The trouble started just a few plays after the Colts took the kickoff.
Curtis Painter moved the team near midfield, but then a miscommunication between Painter and center Jeff Saturday caused a fumbled snap that the saints recovered.
New Orleans converted the turnover into a touchdown when Drew Brees connected with Marques Colston for fourteen yards and the score.
Down 7-0, the Colts punted on their next drive and watched New Orleans march the ball 81 yards down field.
The Saints took a 14-0 lead when Brees hooked up with Colston again for a four yard touchdown pass.
Running back Delone Carter, in for Joseph Addai, fumbled the ball on the Colts third drive of the game for the Colts second turnover.
Addai started the game, but left in the first quarter after he re-injured the hamstring that kept him out of last weekend's contest at Cincinnati.
Brees responded with a 52 yard drive, finishing with his third touchdown pass of the game, this time for six yards to running back Darren Sproles.
The Colts punted it away on their next possession, and the Saints made it four touchdowns on four drives after fullback Jed Collins finished a 69 yard drive by nudging the ball over the goal line.
The Saints added a field goal for a 31-0 lead, but the Colts offense finally looked alive on their next possession.
On the first play from scrimmage, Carter broke several tackles on a blistering 42 yard run that put Indy on the Saints 38 yard line.
The Colts were successful in operating out of the no-huddle offense and scored their first points of the game after Carter crossed the goal line from two yards out.
The Saints added a field goal before the end of the second quarter and had a 34-7 lead at halftime. The Saints got the ball to start the second half and didn't let off the gas.
They went 75 yards in ten plays and scored when Brees hit Jimmy Graham on a four yard touchdown catch.
The Saints had a 41-7 lead when the Colts offense stalled again and punted it away.
Brees then finished a 51 yard drive and completed his fifth touchdown pass of the night, a two yard pitch-and-catch to Graham.
With the touchdown, the Saints set the record for most points the franchise has scored against the Colts over twelve total meetings.
Sproles found the endzone again in the fourth quarter, then Leigh Torrence intercepted painter and returned the ball 42 yards for another Saints touchdown.
New Orleans had now scored 62 points, the most given up by a Colts team in franchise history.
Dan Orlovsky was unable to jump start the offense after he entered the game for Painter.
The game mercifully ended when both teams decided to run the ball to kill the clock.
The Saints finished with 557 yards on offense, including 325 yards from Brees.
Carter was the one bright spot for Indianapolis.
He ran for 89 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown.
Addai's did not return after his injury in the first quarter and his status is unknown.
Mike Pollock and Jacob Tamme also left the game with injuries.
The Colts are now 0-7 and travel to Tennessee this weekend.
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