Saints Report: Saints shut out for the first time in 21 years
During the Sean Payton and Drew Brees era of New Orleans Saints football, they were known for high-flying offense and putting up points with ease, but times have changed following Sunday’s shutout loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
First goose egg on the scoreboard for the Saints since 2001, 21 years since they’ve suffered a loss quite like this one, 13-0 on the road, despite being inside the 49ers 43-yard five times.
The Saints final crack at the end zone resulted in three straight incompletions and then a fourth-down sack instead of getting the ball into the hands of their best players, like Alvin Kamara, who actually fumbled twice in this one, and Taysom Hill.
To be fair, the 49ers defense was lights out and so was the Saints, but San Francisco’s offense was just good enough to drop New Orleans to 4-8.
Not quite the reflection in the mirror the team is looking for. Head Coach Dennis Allen said, “We had a lot of chances. We had a lot of chances. We had the ball in our hands a couple of times in the end zone and couldn’t come up with the play, so we’re going to go back and look at this tape, but I feel like we gave ourselves plenty of opportunities to win this game.”
Quarterback Andy Dalton said, “Yeah, I think everybody has got to look at themselves and go out there and expect that they’re going to get their job done and do it right, and that’s kind of where we’re at. I mean we’ve been close. We moved the ball really well in this game, and as crazy as it is to say when you don’t score a point, there’s a lot of positive things that we did today, but we weren’t able to finish.”
Saints back on the road in week 13 at Tampa Bay.