SAN ANTONIO – The Alamodome certainly felt like home for the New Orleans Saints.

Aaron Brooks ran for a touchdown, John Carney kicked four field goals and the defense kept Buffalo’s floundering offense bottled up after the first quarter. New Orleans snapped a two-game losing streak with a 19-7 win Sunday at the Saints’ temporary home.

Donte’ Stallworth grabbed eight receptions for 129 yards and Deuce McAllister rushed for 130 yards for the Saints (2-2).

Hurricane Katrina forced the Saints from their home at the Superdome in New Orleans and into a nomadic journey around the country, with three home games scheduled for the Alamodome and four others closer to home in Baton Rouge, La.

After opening the season on the road, their first “home” game was a Monday night contest against the Giants at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, a loss in a front of highly partisan crowd.

The Alamodome was clearly a more comfortable venue.

Tens of thousands of gold pompoms were distributed to the 58,688 fans at the gates. Fans used to cheering the NBA champions San Antonio Spurs did the wave and deafening chants of “Dee-Fense” forced the Bills (1-3) to take a delay-of-game penalty in the first quarter.

By the fourth period, the crowd was on its feet when the Saints’ defense stuffed Willis McGahee on fourth-and-inches, taking possession for a drive that would lead to Carney’s third field goal, making it 16-7 with 5 minutes left.

But it wasn’t just the crowd that made a difference for the Saints. After committing 10 turnovers in their previous two games, the Saints had none against the Bills and generally negated the sloppy play they showed on the road.

The Bills, meanwhile, continue to struggle behind first-year starting quarterback J.P. Losman, who was handed the reins of the offense over veteran Drew Bledsoe, who left the team and is now the starter in Dallas.

Losman was 7-of-15 for 75 yards with an interception and three sacks before he was replaced by Kelly Holcomb at the start of the fourth quarter. The Bills have just two touchdowns in their last 14 quarters.

Losman looked sharp early, rushing for 23 yards and passing for 28 as the Bills drove 75 yards for a touchdown on their first possession. The quick 7-0 lead looked like it might take the crowd out of the game.

But he misfired badly with a throw into double coverage in the second quarter and Jason Craft returned the interception 39 yards. That set up Brooks’ 4-yard touchdown run that gave the Saints a 10-7 lead. Brooks dropped back to pass before he spied an opening and slipped across the goal line in front of Troy Vincent and spiked the ball.

Carney’s 40-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in the half made it 13-7.

The Bills nearly retook the lead in the final seconds of the half when Terrence McGee returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards, crisscrossing the field and ducking through defenders before he was finally tripped up inside the Saints 5 after time expired.

AP-ES-10-02-05 1627EDT


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