The 2012 season for the New Orleans Saints was marred by distractions and frustration, and it was no different in their final game of the year.
In their last game of the season, which was full of mistakes, the Saints lost to the Carolina Panthers, 44-38. It was a disappointing way to end the season, giving New Orleans a final record of 7-9.
Of course, the season had its ups and downs; Drew Brees broke more records, becoming the first quarterback to surpass 5,000 yards three times as well as the first player to throw 40 touchdown passes in consecutive seasons.
But with those ups came a low, something that paved the way for their disastrous season. The Saints defense gave up 530 yards against the Panthers, breaking the record for most yards allowed in a season—not really something that they want to be remembered for.
Although the Saints finished on a bad note, there is still a lot to look forward to for next season. The biggest reason? Head coach Sean Payton will be with the Saints for the next five years.
For the final time in the 2012 season, let's take a look at some New Orleans Saints winners and losers from Week 17.