WR Willie Snead: The undrafted second-year pro didn't appear to be affected much by the nagging knee injury he was nursing midweek. Snead led the Saints with six receptions for 95 yards, including two clutch catches on third-and-long during the first two touchdown drives.
QB Drew Brees: It was far from perfect, especially since Brees was the only quarterback who turned the ball over while losing a duel against rookie Marcus Mariota. But Brees made plenty of big plays while throwing for 387 yards with three touchdown passes, one TD run and one interception. Unfortunately for the Saints, that only resulted in seven second-half points.
LB David Hawthorne: The Saints' linebacker made the biggest defensive play of the day, forcing a fumble against running back Dexter McCluster when the Titans were threatening to score just before halftime. Rookie Obum Gwacham recovered. Both were playing bigger roles because of injuries to starters Dannell Ellerbe and Hau'oli Kikaha.
Rob Ryan: For the second time this year, the Saints' defense failed to rattle a rookie quarterback in the Superdome (Jameis Winston and Mariota are a combined 2-0 in New Orleans). The Saints forced zero sacks against a Titans team that came into the game leading the NFL in sacks allowed per game (4.0). The Saints' defense did have nice moments (a total of five three-and-outs). But they were way too easy on Mariota, who threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns, including a game-winner in overtime.
Run game: Without benefit of film, I have to call out the entire run game, which was a huge disappointment Sunday. Running back Mark Ingram gained just 52 yards on 21 carries (2.5 per carry), making the Saints way too one-dimensional. And C.J. Spiller barely touched the ball with a total of 10 yards on three touches.
KR Marcus Murphy: He made only one mistake, fumbling the ball away in the first quarter. But it led to a field goal and opened the door for the Titans, who didn't gain a single first down on their first three possessions. ... The Saints' field-goal operation also faltered when Kai Forbath missed a low 46-yard field goal attempt in the final minute -- though it wasn't immediately clear if it was a snap, hold or kick problem.