Rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent threw three interceptions and lost a fumble, and wide receiver DJ Moore also lost a fumble as the Bears lost their seventh straight game at the Superdome dating to 1991.
The Saints scored 10 points after the turnovers. They failed to capitalize on two second-half picks, but the takeaways still helped hold the Bears offense to a second-half field goal. The Bears defense didn’t get a takeaway.
With the Saints leading 24-17 with 2 minutes, 26 seconds to play, Saints kicker Blake Grupe missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt off the left upright to give the Bears a chance to tie.
The Bears and Saints went into halftime tied at 14, with both Bears touchdowns coming on passes from Bagent to tight end Cole Kmet.
After trading field goals in the second half, Taysom Hill’s 3-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Juwan Johnson in the back of the end zone gave the Saints the lead for good at 24-17 with 11:05 to play in the fourth quarter.
The Saints took a 17-14 lead on Grupe’s 55-yard field goal with 11:43 to play in the third quarter.
After the Bears defense forced a three-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, Moore caught an 11-yard Bagent pass and then fumbled. Adebo forced and recovered the fumble.
The Saints advanced only 2 yards on the next three plays and settled for the field goal.
Cairo Santos made a 31-yard field goal on the Bears’ next drive to tie it at 17. Santos missed a 40-yard attempt off the right upright near the end of the first half.
Bagent threw his second interception in the fourth quarter to Maye, who jumped in front of a pass to Darnell Mooney at the Bears 38.
The Bears defense stopped Saints quarterback Derek Carr on fourth-and-1 at the Bears 17 on the ensuing drive, but Adebo intercepted Bagent on the Bears’ next drive.