Sean Payton trying to 'win the game' on fourth-and-2 call

From ESPN - January 7, 2018

NEW ORLEANS -- Sean Payton tried to avoid those heart-stopping final two minutes of the New Orleans Saints' 31-26 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Payton made the bold decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from Carolinas 47-yard line after the two-minute warning, with the Saints protecting that precarious five-point lead.

It didnt work outquarterback Drew Brees threw an interception (which was a better result than an incomplete pass, actually). And the Saints had to sweat out Carolinas final drive before defensive end Cameron Jordan and the Saints' defense ultimately sealed the deal.

"Gonna win the game, you know, gonna win the game, Payton said of his decision, which followed the Saints trying to draw Carolina offside first before they called a timeout to think it over. I was talking to Drew really about, We can punt there and play with a little longer field position, with no timeouts for them. And yet, we felt we had a call. We tried to get [receiver] Mike Thomas. They did a good job in coverage and they made a play.

Fortunately it ended up being intercepted. But thats part of it. We were gonna try to win the game on that play.


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