Reserve receiver Andy Tanner, fighting for a roster spot on a position loaded with talented players on the Saints, made his case with two touchdown receptions in the second half as New Orleans defeated the Houston Texans 31-23 in a preseason game at Reliant Stadium.
NFL teams are required to cut their rosters down to 75 players on Tuesday.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees played a quarter and a half, completing 4 of 6 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown. Back-up quarterback Luke McCown completed 10 of 14 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Griffin completed 8 of 13 for 86 yards and one touchdown.
Houston starting quarterback Matt Schaub was 15 of 26 for 213 yards in the first half.
Houston led 10 with 5:12 in the second quarter. The Texans first score came on a 1-yard touchdown run by Ben Tate in the first quarter. The second score came on a 48-yard field goal by Randy Bullock.
But the Saints came back to take a 17-13 lead when McCown threw a 14-yard touchdown to rookie Kenny Stills with 1:14 remaining in the first half.
But Houston cut the Saints lead to 17-16 at halftime when Bullock hit a 21-yard field goal on the last play of the second quarter.
The Saints increased their lead to 24-16 when McCown threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tanner in the third quarter.
The highlight of the game for the Saints defense came when New Orleans held a Houston run to no gain on a fourth-and-goal at the one play in the third quarter with the team leading 24-16.
Tanner caught his second touchdown pass of the game from Ryan Griffin on a 15-yard strike to make the score 31-23 with 10:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Saints stopped the Texans at the New Orleans 10-yard line with less than one minute left in the game to preserve the victory.