OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Joe Horn planned to head for Houston with
the intent of helping one refugee family hurt by Hurricane Katrina.
He'll go by limo, van or rental car.
Across the country from their devastated city, the New Orleans
Saints somehow played a competitive football game when it's
probably the last thing some of them wanted to do -- and then they
turned their thoughts to assisting those in need and reuniting with
family members over the weekend before returning to work Monday.
"It's not just the people in the (Astrodome), there are people
in hotel rooms, 12 at a time with families piled on top of
families, and they won't have the financial means," Horn said.
"I'm going to stay there two days and see if I can help them out.
I know I can't help everybody, but I'm going to try my best because
I love the fans there and in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi."
Randy Moss caught a 27-yard touchdown from Kerry Collins in the
first quarter for the game's only touchdown, leading the Oakland
Raiders over the Saints 13-6 Thursday night in the preseason finale
for both teams.
Transported 2,000 miles to California on Sunday, the Saints
avoided the wrath of one of America's worst storms and prepared for
this game under the sun at San Jose State University despite all
the uncertainties back home.
A moment of silence was held before the game, and about 100
people turned out for a last-minute blood drive sponsored by the
Raiders and the American Red Cross outside the Coliseum. The
Raiders made a donation to the Red Cross and also ran public
service announcements in the stadium, on their Web site and on
their broadcasts encouraging people to help hurricane victims.
Players from both teams held a prayer circle when time expired.
"Everybody on our team is heartbroken," Saints coach Jim
Haslett said. "They feel for the people. I think the one thing
about our football team is that we're resilient. When we step on
the field, we're focused. When we get off the field, our minds go
Afterward, the Saints flew all night to San Antonio with no idea
when they'll go home -- or whether they even still have homes. Their
temporary home will be the Marriott Riverwalk.
John Carney kicked field goals of 38 and 37 yards, but also
missed a 38-yarder in the third quarter for New Orleans. He was
patted on the back by holder Todd Bouman when the ball sailed wide
left. Bouman started at quarterback and completed 13 of 20 passes
for 120 yards.
New Orleans came into the game hoping to improve its run defense
and appeared to make strides, limiting Oakland to 61 yards after
allowing 151 yards to Baltimore's Chester Taylor in a 21-6 loss to
the Ravens last Friday.
The Saints (1-3) celebrated good plays and were businesslike
from warmups to the final tick of the clock. They don't yet know
where they will play their home opener Sept. 18 against the New
The Raiders (1-3) earned their first exhibition victory exactly
a week before they open the season in a nationally televised game
at Super Bowl champion New England.
Moss scored his second TD of the preseason in the only series he
played and also had a 9-yard reception before taking a seat.
Collins and almost all the other starters also played only one
"The first drive was good," Moss said. "One thing that we
wanted to do was get out there and get ourselves ready for next
week. With everything that we have gone through as far as training
camp, preseason and today's game, we are headed in the right
The Saints never considered not playing this game, even with
"I wouldn't say it's overwhelming," said general manager
Mickey Loomis, who doesn't know whether the team will play in New
Orleans again this season. "They understand they have a job to do.
They know their families are safe. Once you know your family is
safe, you go back to your business. What's overwhelming is what's
going on in New Orleans, Mississippi and the entire Gulf Coast."
In the seats behind the Saints sideline, New Orleans resident
Chad Seeger held a sign reading, "The Dome will rise again!" -- a
reference to the Louisiana Superdome, which became a temporary
refugee camp for thousands of the city's stranded citizens, but was
heavily damaged in the storm.
Seeger came to California last week for vacation and was
supposed to fly back Monday, when the hurricane hit. He is staying
with his girlfriend and her family in San Francisco.
Another Saints fan, New Orleans native Jimmy Lashley, held a
sign reading, "Forget, Iraq. Help our own."
Third-string Oakland quarterback Andrew Walter, a third-round
draft pick out of Arizona State, returned after missing the
previous two exhibition games with a strained groin. He went
13-for-20 passes for 221 yards, including a 52-yard completion to
^Notes:@ The Saints expect a truck to arrive in San Antonio on
Friday carrying any supplies such as computers and equipment that
could be salvaged from team headquarters. ... Oakland's Chris Carr
returned the opening kickoff 101 yards, but an illegal block
penalty called it back. ... Raiders receiver Carlos Francis caught
one pass, playing for the first time against the very team Oakland
was playing when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left
knee last Oct. 24 and then had surgery.