The New Orleans Saints appeared to be getting back to their winning ways just two weeks ago, but Thursday night's 23-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons was a brutal reminder that this is a season to forget for Drew Brees' squad.
Brees threw five interceptions against the Falcons on Thursday Night Football, the most he's ever recorded in a single game in his illustrious career. He also went 28-of-50 while averaging 6.8 yards per attempt and failing to record a touchdown pass for the first time in 55 games.
Four of Brees' interceptions were simply poor decisions on his part, while one pick appeared to be due to some miscommunication between him and running back Chris Ivory.
Perhaps what was most frustrating for the Saints was that this was a game that they could have won. They came into the contest averaging 28.0 points per game, fifth in the NFL, and held a high-scoring Falcons team to 23 points despite all the turnovers.
A win would have put them at 6-6 and firmly in the playoff hunt in the NFC. Instead, they fell to 5-7 in a season that has been marred by controversy.
New Orleans had gone 5-2 since its 0-4 start coming into Thursday night's game, but the 31-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12 may have been a sign that not all was well in New Orleans again.
Brees had thrown 28 touchdowns to nine interceptions before Week 12, but he's thrown seven picks in his last two games.
It appears not even the legendary Drew Brees can save the Saints from a disappointing season in 2012.