Ochsner Health Saints Report: Saints lose grip on NFC in shootout loss to 49ers


Coming into Sunday’s heavyweight clash between the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers, the Black and Gold were a perfect 10-0 if they could just score 10 points or more.

Well, life is funny and so is football because on a day that the Saints put up more than 40 points for the first time all season, the other team still scored more.

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Both sides coming in with equal marks of 10-2 and the Saints trying to make sure the NFC still runs through New Orleans after this week 14 affair.

Saints drop a wildly entertaining heartbreaker by the final count of 48-46, a score that has never been a recorded final score in NFL history.

Here’s Head Coach Sean Payton and his quarterback on too much offense and not enough defense. “Any game if you were going to consider it your best game offensively would have to include a win. And so this isn’t about just trying to get passing yards or rushing yards. It’s about winning games. So no, I don’t feel encouraged. Alright. I feel frustrated because we had opportunities earlier in the game offensively to take advantage of field position. We had a number of opportunities. We had missed assignments so no, I’m not encouraged that way.”

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees said, “I would say today was just a hard-fought football game. I mean all the way around. Both sides. Back and forth. They’re a great team. I feel like we’re a great team, or have the ability to be a great team. So this was like a heavyweight boxing match. Just trading punches. All game long.”

Next up for the Saints is their second Monday Night Football Game of the season at the Superdome against the Indianapolis Colts, also the final regular season home game for the Black and Gold.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.