For a New Orleans Saints team in desperate need of a win to start the healing process from last year’s no-call in the NFC Championship Game, the Black and Gold found a wildly entertaining way to do just that in their week one clash against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.
Saints win it as time expires after Wil Lutz kicks a 58-yarder. Saints win 30-28.
When the lights are the brightest that’s when the Saints seem to make things the most interesting, but this time the game-winning field goal went in favor of the Black and Gold and what better way to get out of the shadow of the New Orleans No-Call than a career long 58-yard walk-off boot from Wil Lutz who quickly went from mosh pit celebration to protective instincts in the moments following that. “Don’t step on my feet. I tried to stay off the ground so I don’t get my feet stepped on. I knew with 37 seconds left that we were going to have an opportunity to at least get close to field goal range, and in that situation there’s not a single kick I’d turn down. And like we talk about, the ebbs and flows of a game. The first half didn’t go my way, and that’s what this game is all about is bouncing back and having your teammates have your back and make a kick like that. That’s got to be a top one moment for me.”
DE Cameron Jordan said, “For us to get the ball back to Drew, for us to make the plays that he made. Two second left on the clock, Wil Lutz takes the field and boots a big one and I mean he has yards to go.”
Quarterback Drew Brees said, “His first game as a Saint was the opening game of 2016 where he attempted a 61-yarder. I think he had the leg for it, against the Raiders. So I knew if we could just get him a little closer, it would be even better.”
“(Can you walk us through that emotional roller coaster of that fourth quarter?) Win, Rocky. What? Look. At the end of the day, it’s a 16-game season. This is something that I’m so glad we won, and then at the same time, there’s so many things that I want to clean up right now.”
Head Coach Sean Payton said, “I said this prior to the game. This is going to be a game that has a lot of mistakes. But let’s make sure we’re playing hard and let’s make sure that this momentum that – especially in this league that you see go back and forth – let’s try to ride it when we have it and then quickly recapture it and I was proud of how they did that.”
As crazy as it sounds, the Saints are now 1-0 for the first time since 2013. Their reward is a week two road game against the Los Angeles Rams, who, for obvious reasons, will have the undivided attention of the Saints on this short week leading up to kick off.