Saints derailed by injuries, penalties, Drew Brees INT in ugly loss

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

ATLANTA -- All of the momentum the New Orleans Saints have built up in their outstanding 2017 season couldnt survive a Thursday night trip to Atlanta.

Their 20-17 loss to the rival Falcons was filled with many of the negatives that people associate with Thursday night games -- a slew of injuries, a barrage of penalties -- plus an interception in the end zone thrown by quarterback Drew Brees in the final minutes.

It started to go downhill when sensational rookie running back Alvin Kamara left the game with a concussion on the opening drive. But the Saints still had a golden opportunity to win (thanks to three interceptions of their own) before Brees couldnt lift his pass high enough over traffic to tight end Josh Hill in the back of the end zone, and Falcons linebacker Deion Jones leaped up to snag it.

Until that point, Brees had thrown five TD passes and zero interceptions when trailing in the fourth quarter this season.

The Saints (9-4) still control their own destiny in the NFC South, thanks to a season sweep of the Carolina Panthers (8-4). But theyll need to get revenge on the Falcons (8-5) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in two weeks to make sure they maintain that control.

And now the Saints will have an even harder time catching the NFCs top two seeds, Philadelphia and Minnesota (both 10-2).


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