The New Orleans Saints had their chances to close out the game and go home with a win, but they couldn’t do it.
After the Patriots failed to convert a fourth-and-six from their own 24 late in the fourth quarter, the Saints took little time off the clock and settled for a field goal.
After a Tom Brady interception on the Patriots’ next drive, the Saints again wasted very little time off the clock and punted, giving Brady enough time to lead a game-winning drive.
Michael Felger, Troy Brown, and Mike Flynn on PostGame Live put Sean Payton in the hot seat for his clock management decision at the end of the game.
“If we were doing this show in New Orleans we would spend, I would say, most of the time on what Sean Payton did or did not do the last two times he got the ball,” Felger said. “A couple times a dead to right chance to close out this ball game and the Saints could not do it.”
Flynn said execution was the Saints’ biggest problem in the final minutes of the game.
“I think a big part of it was execution, obviously, you’re running the football,” Flynn said. “They know what you are going to do, but you still have to block and make plays. They didn’t do that. That’s on the Saints.”