Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans went into Sunday night’s game against Indianapolis mired in a takeaway slump.
They had only four, a tremendously low count for a team that finished the 2009 season with 39.
Against the Colts, that all changed.
And in part due to the turnover party, the Saints escaped with a 62-7 win.
“I know after the first one came out, (Jonathan Vilma) jumped on it, it was one of those relief moments,” linebacker Scott Shanle said. “Like it finally happened. Once it happens, I’ve said before, they come in bunches and that’s what happened tonight.
“For awhile there you started to think is it something we’re doing.”
The first one came on Indianapolis’ first possession of the game. Quarterback Curtis Painter had the snap bounce off his face and Vilma jumped on it.
The Saints scored six plays later and the rout was on.
New Orleans picked up its second fumble recovery late in the first quarter. Eight plays after that, the Saints scored another touchdown.
And finally, cornerback Leigh Torrence capped the scoring with a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.