ATLANTA — The New Orleans Saints noticed the advantages and penalties of enjoying aggressively on their ultimate offensive drive of Thursday’s 20-17 loss the the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
At first coach Sean Payton’s aggressiveness paid off for the Saints. Dealing with fourth-and-1 on the Atlanta 22, the Saints might’ve tried a forty-yard area objective that might’ve tied the sport with lower than 2 minutes remaining.
As an alternative Payton determined to go for it.
“He stated, ‘We got here right here to win, so we’re going for it,'” Brees stated, recalling a quick sideline dialog with Payton.
Three performs later, Brees’ aggressiveness successfully sealed the victory for the Falcons. On second-and-10 on the Atlanta eleven, Brees tried to squeeze a move right into a small window for tight finish Josh Hill, however Falcons linebacker Deion Jones picked it off, giving the Falcons the ball with 1 minute, 25 seconds remaining.
After the interception, the Falcons ran out the remainder of the clock.
“I should not have thrown it,” Brees stated of the play. “The man made a pleasant play, however not value taking the danger proper there, particularly when you recognize you bought factors.”
Regardless that the Saints weren’t able to accept a subject objective earlier within the drive, something however a turnover would’ve given them an opportunity to tie the sport.
“You are assessing danger, and that was not a danger I ought to’ve taken,” Brees stated. “And clearly it bit us.”
The Saints needed to overcome loads of points all through the sport. A number of gamers exited the sport with accidents, together with 5 guys that did not return for the second half. New Orleans additionally had eleven penalties for 87 yards.
However, in a recreation with so many issues, the Saints by some means dominated the turnover battle because the protection caught three interceptions off Matt Ryan. Nevertheless, the Saints’ lone turnover got here on the worst potential second.
General, Brees had a robust statistical outing, ending 26 of 35 for 271 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a 103.four passer score. However, in an in depth recreation, the ache from that one essential mistake will doubtless linger.
“We felt like we had management of the sport, however we did not end,” operating again Mark Ingram stated.