Saints Lose in Overtime to 49ers; Break at Home Win Streak
The visiting San Francisco 49ers ended the Saints’ run in a nail-biter Sunday afternoon. Even 49ers Head Coach, Jim Harbough, thought it was over. In the 4th quarter, tied at 24, with five seconds left on the clock, Saints Quarterback, Drew Brees, threw deep and connected with Tight End, Jimmy Graham, in the end zone, but the refs called offensive interference and the touchdown did not count. Brees says, "It’s a Hail Mary play. There’s tousling going on all the way down the field. I don’t know how obvious it was or not or it was just a flop or what, I don’t know."
Turnovers were a large issue for the Saints earlier in the season and it plagued them again Sunday afternoon. Brees threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball in overtime, costing them the game. Brees also says, "That can’t happen and that’s on me."
That fumble allowed Phil Dawson to make a 35 yard field goal to win the game. Even though it came down to the wire, New Orleans was outplayed in their own house, giving up a 51 yard pass on 4th and 10 late in the 4th quarter. Saints Linebacker, Junior Galette closes, "Hey, it’s the N.F.L. It’s tough to win. We played a very good team, San Fran. They brought their A game. I’m happy the way we responded, but we just gotta’ finish that game."
Despite the loss, the Saints will still hold the top spot in the NFC South Division if Carolina loses Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.