Saints Report: Saints keep playoff hopes alive with win over Panthers

The New Orleans Saints have already started four quarterbacks this season, which means they’ve had to rely pretty heavily on the run game.

But what happens, when that’s not working. Well, the Saints found a way to win anyway against the Carolina Panthers.

On Sunday, the Saints were held to negative rushing yards in the first half for the first time since 2013.

They bounced back with 77 yards on the ground in the second half, actually putting at least three points on the board in all four quarters en route to a hard fought 18-10 victory over their NFC South foe.

That win keeping the Black and Gold in the playoff picture with an overall mark of 8-8 as they continue to ride a defense lead by Cameron Jordan that’s surrendering less than 10 points per game over their last four. “We don’t just play third down. We play first, second, third. We play first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, fourth quarter. We play overtime. We play on a Saturday bumped up; we play on a Monday bumped back. It doesn’t matter where or when. We’re always looking to be our best and attack everything that we can. Once we have a high execution of the game plan, that’s all that matters.”

Head Coach Sean Payton said, “It was the message leading into this week actually, this is a must-win game. We’ve got to find a way to get to 9-8 and then kind of go from there and you guys know how this is. In Week 16, there’s a little bit of a picture. Week 17, it gets clearer. Week 18, by tonight, we’ll pretty much know what has to happen.”

Sunday’s week 18 showdown between the Saints and Falcons has been flexed from 12 noon to the 3:25 p.m. time slot, still set to be broadcast on Fox.

Here’s how the Saints can still crack the postseason, currently on the bubble with a record of 8-8.

Their only chance is a win over the Falcons and a Rams win over the 49ers.

According to Vegas, both teams are favored by more than a field goal, but still just a 39 percent chance to make the playoffs as an NFC wildcard team.

The Saints are 10-4 in Atlanta under Sean Payton, but the 49ers have beaten the Rams five times in a row.

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