The Stat Line of the Night – 12/06/09 – Robert Meachem
After their Monday night thrashing of the New England Patriots in front of a prime time national audience, it appeared safe to say that the New Orleans Saints were well on their way to a perfect 16-0 regular season record. As for 12-0, that seemed like a guarantee with an 11-0 record and a date with the lowly Washington Redskins scheduled for week 13. However, that guarantee was almost a bad one, if not for the play of Robert Meachem. The Saints wide receiver has been hot as of late, and although some believed he was due for a quiet game against a strong Redskins secondary, Meachem found ways to get involved and put points on the scoreboard.
His first big play came late in the first half following a Drew Brees interception. With Washington up 17-10 and Skins’ cornerback Kareem Moore returning the Brees pass, Meachem’s hustle lead to a strip, fumble recovery, and touchdown return all in one play. That tied the game going into the half.
The second game changing play came late in the fourth quarter. With New Orleans down by a touchdown, Brees found Meachem deep for a 53-yard catch-and-run to the end zone. That tied the game at 30-30 and a Garrett Hartley field goal in overtime would win it for the Saints, keeping their undefeated record intact.
Meachem finished the game with 8 receptions for 142 yards, 1 touchdown reception, and one fumble return for a touchdown.
Things were not looking bright for New Orleans throughout much of the game, but the play of Robert Meachem, and his ability to show up when his Saints needed him the most, was enough to lead his team to the victory, and earn himself “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Sunday, December 6, 2009.