Saints Report: Saints lose all momentum in season finale vs. Panthers
To sum up the New Orleans Saints’ final game of the season would be to sum up their entire season.
Fourteen of their 17 games decided by ten points or less including this one: check, stingy defense: check, hard to watch offense: check, and a loss following a win: check.
The Saints making it look easy on their first drive of the game, capping things off with a 25-yard strike from Andy Dalton to Chris Olave, putting him over 1,000 yards for his rookie season.
Another plus, Alvin Kamara posting a season high 107 yards rushing and yet they never scored again en route to a 10-7 home loss to the Carolina Panthers.
The defense held up its end of the bargain, allowing just 203 yards of total offense, but when push came to shove, the hero was Eddy Pineiro, drilling a 42-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.
The end result: the Saints worst finish since 2005 at 7-10. Head Coach Dennis Allen said, “Obviously, we didn’t win as many games as we would’ve liked to. I thought our guys fought and battled. I thought they overcame some adversity. There’s a handful of games there that if we would’ve been able to make a couple critical plays, the outcome of those games could and could’ve been different. ”
Defensive End Cameron Jordan said, “Thoughts on how this game ended, seemed to depict the Saints’ season entirely. You let somebody who shouldn’t have been in the race, stay in the race, and that’s how you end up losing. Take it to the off-season. Let this loss burn. There’s nothing to be proud of going 7-10 and not making the playoffs for the second time in a row. Let it burn. Let it stay in your mind. Let it simmer. Let it carry over into your workouts. Let it carry over into whatever you’ve got to do to get your mind right.”
The Saints finishing their season 22nd in points scored, also their worst finish since 2005. They finish third in the NFC South.