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Up until Friday night, the New Orleans Saints' passing offense had been just a tad off track this summer.
Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson snatches a pass he deflected out of the air for a touchdown as San Diego Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason falls down during the first quarter of their preseason game Friday night at the Superdome.
Receiver Devery Henderson then reached up and slapped things back into place.
Henderson's spectacular 46-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter -- which required him to tip the ball back up in the air away from cornerback Antoine Cason before catching it in the end zone -- kick-started New Orleans' offense on their way to a 36-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers at the Superdome.
It wasn't a perfect throw by quarterback Drew Brees, but it was his first touchdown pass of the preseason, and it seemed to trigger the Super Bowl MVP's muscle memory.
He made three pinpoint passes on the next drive, including a 15-yard touchdown strike to receiver Robert Meachem after he drew away the secondary with a pump-fake across the field.
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"You know, I'm pleased, but not totally satisfied, " said Brees, who cooled off a bit in the second half, thanks to a handful of dropped passes, but nevertheless seemed to have shaken off the rust during his final tune-up of the preseason.
If Brees plays at all in next week's final exhibition game at Tennessee, it will be only a brief cameo appearance. The real game is less than two weeks from tonight, when the Saints host the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 9 in the NFL's nationally-televised kickoff game.