It took New Orleans nearly a half to get a first down. Once the Saints finally found a little success, they practically did whatever they wanted.
Deuce McAllister ran for two short touchdowns, Aaron Brooks threw for 282 yards and a touchdown, and New Orleans ended a three-game losing streak with a 31-26 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Joe Horn had nine receptions for 123 yards, and Jerome Pathon added six catches as the Saints (3-4) used a strong second half to send the Raiders to their fourth straight defeat.
John Carney kicked a 41-yard field goal with 4:31 left, then Colby Bockwoldt scooped up Carlos Francis' fumble on the ensuing kickoff and ran it six yards into the end zone for another Saints score.
Ten points in 14 seconds was a nice way for New Orleans to end its first visit to the Oakland Coliseum in seven years - they beat the Raiders 13-10 during that 1997 trip. The teams last played in 2000, when the Raiders won 31-22 at the Louisiana Superdome.
Brooks was 23-for-39 with a 4-yard TD pass to Lamont Hall.
Now, let the finger-pointing begin again in Oakland. Feuding was the story of the Raiders' sour 4-12 season a year ago.
Oakland (2-5) ended a seven-quarter touchdown drought when Kerry Collins connected with wide-open tight end Doug Jolley on a 34-yard TD pass 26 seconds into the fourth quarter.
But that wasn't enough to satisfy the unforgiving Raider Nation, which booed its struggling quarterback for the second straight week when he headed out to the huddle. Collins even encouraged the fans one time by waving his arms toward the rowdy Black Hole section behind the south end zone.
Collins has thrown nine interceptions and only four touchdown passes in 4 1/2 games since taking over as starter after Rich Gannon broke a vertebra in his neck last month. Collins still finished 26-of-45 for 350 yards.
It was another disappointing day for an Oakland offense that generated only 145 total yards in a 31-3 loss to the Broncos last week.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked field goals of 28, 42, 44 and 40 yards for the Raiders, who outgained New Orleans 432-322.
Collins completed passes to nine receivers in the Raiders' first game without Jerry Rice, who was traded to Seattle last Monday.
Tebucky Jones intercepted a pass by Collins late in the third quarter and returned it 55 yards, setting up McAllister's go-ahead touchdown from 1 yard.
The Saints went three-and-out on their first four offensive series against Oakland's swarming defense.
New Orleans finally got a first down with 5:30 left in the second quarter on Brooks' 27-yard completion to Pathon on third-and-three. That set up Hall's 4-yard touchdown catch from Brooks that sent the Saints into halftime trailing 9-7.
Raiders left guard Frank Middleton was carted off the field with a left leg injury midway through the first quarter.
Guard Brad Badger blocked a New Orleans player into him, causing the 6-foot-3, 330-pound Middleton to fall awkwardly with most of his weight on his left leg. The Raiders said he was taken into the locker room for observation of a quadriceps injury.
Collins completed a 32-yard pass to Alvis Whitted on the play.