New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston throws TDs of 72 and 49 yards

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LANDOVER, Md. — Jameis Winston threw the longest pass of his career for a 72-yard touchdown, turned the ball over twice, then completed a 48-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass — all in the first half of Sunday’s game at Washington.

Winston’s Hail Mary was caught by receiver Marquez Callaway in the end zone with no time left on the clock in the first half for a 20-13 lead. Callaway timed his leap perfectly to make a clean catch in the middle of a sea of bodies in the end zone.

Winston also completed the 72-yard TD pass to receiver Deonte Harris in the first quarter, giving him 10 TD passes on the season. But he threw his third interception of the season on New Orleans’ opening drive and lost a fumble on a sack later in the first quarter — a classic example of the big-play extremes that Winston offers as a quarterback.

In the first half today, Winston had two passing TDs of at least 40 yards, an interception and a fumble lost. The only quarterback to have all of those in a single half of a game since 2000 was Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who did that in the second half against the Seahawks in 2020 Week 3.

The Saints (2-2) ranked 32nd in passing attempts heading into Sunday’s game and spent the whole week fielding questions about whether coach Sean Payton trusted Winston and his receivers enough to open up New Orleans’ passing offense. In response, the Saints attempted passes on their first five plays Sunday, including the interception. Winston was 8 of 16 for 189 yards at the half.

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