New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers
As the front-runners in the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints have found all different kinds of ways to win so far this season.
Leave it to the Black and Gold to find yet another way to get it done despite giving up more than 30 points for the first time all year.
Saints hosting their NFC South rival Carolina Panthers, taking a three game lead into their third of four straight divisional match-ups.
Wil Lutz kicks a 33-yard game winner to give the Saints the 34-31 victory as time expires.
On a day that saw Mike Thomas make history, Jared Cook officially break out, and the Saints score multiple first quarter touchdowns for the first time all season, those are all back page headlines to Wil Lutz’s second game winning field goal this season and the elephant that hasn’t left the room since the New Orleans No Call in last year’s NFC championship game.
Head Coach Sean Payton said, “It wasn’t our best game and by far it wasn’t their best game and quite honestly, it wasn’t New York’s best game. And so, it is what it is. Sitting in on every one of those meetings, I don’t know that it’s exactly what we discussed where we are today with it. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not. But we’ve got to be able to adjust to it.”
Defensive End Cameron Jordan said, “No, it doesn’t get frustrating. I hate when it’s just one-sided. I love going against 12 or 13 people on the field instead of 11. Yes. When it comes down to it, when it’s self-inflicted you can deal with it. When you sort of get an errant flag, that’s something that you have to deal with. And at the end of the day, if you’re playing perfect technique, those things don’t come down to fruition.”
Kicker Wil Lutz said, “Like I said last time, with our offense, our quarterback, our play-calling, I figured we’d get a chance. Told Drew thanks for making it a little shorter this time. But look, we continue to find a way to win even when we’re not playing at our best. So it’s a big team win.”
Quarterback Drew Brees said, “Listen, it’s not always going to be perfect. And in fact I’d say to gut out a win like this as a team is pretty significant. I think it just continues to strengthen the team and give you a ton of confidence. But also knowing that our best is still out there. We’re still searching for that best game.”
Now getting back to some of those back page headlines, Michael Thomas becomes now just the fifth player in NFL history to log 100 receptions and 1,200 yards receiving in three consecutive seasons.
Perhaps even more impressive is the New Orleans defense extending its streak of 37 straight regular season and post-season games without allowing a 100 yard rusher.