Saints Lose Critical Game Against Panthers in Big Blowout

In a game meaning so much for divisional standing in the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints failed to show up. The Carolina Panthers blew out New Orleans.

The Saints had better hope Santa was not watching Sunday, because they would receive coal in their stockings with the way they played. Most fans left the Superdome by the end of the 3rd quarter. Final score: Panthers – 41, Saints – 10. Saints Tight End, Benjamin Watson, says, "I’d use the word embarrassing to go out as a football team, a professional football team and play that way at home is embarrassing. We’re all embarrassed and let down in how we performed."

The Saints just did not show up for this one. In the first seven minutes of the game, the Saints ran just three offensive plays, including an interception, while the Panthers stormed out to a 17-0 lead. Even the pushing and shoving between Cam Newton and Curtis Lofton wasn’t enough to light a spark on the Saints’ bench. Saints Offensive Tackle, Zach Strief, says, "I don’t understand not being ready. These are big games for us at this point in the season. I don’t have much to explain, unacceptable, embarrassing, and at the end of the day, it’s on players."

The Panthers literally ran all over the Saints’ defense Sunday afternoon, rushing for 271 yards. After the game, the entire Saints’ defense left the locker room, leaving only Captain Curtis Lofton to explain the loss. Lofton says, "There’s no words as to why we came out and did that. It’s just bad football. We played bad football today. We’re a bad team."

As up and down as the team has been, at 5-8, they are still contenders for the NFC South title, a goal team captains say they should not be focused on. Strief closes, "It doesn’t matter if you’re not winning. It’s irrelevant and I think that’s the message. There’s no reason to look at the standings of the NFC South if we can’t win games. If we can’t come ready to play it won’t matter."

The Saints have three games remaining in the regular season, two of those against divisional opponents. The Saints will travel to Chicago next week for Monday Night Football.

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