Following their 34-7 Monday night loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the New Orleans Saints probably wanted to leave the Emerald City and never return. Unfortunately for them, however, their stay was unexpectedly extended.
According to Amber Theoharis of NFL Network, the Saints' team plane broke down on Monday night, preventing the team from heading back home to New Orleans.
Night got worse for the @Saints. Source inside locker room just told me team plane may be broke down, and having trouble finding hotel.— Amber Theoharis (@AmberTheoharis) December 3, 2013
Mike Triplett of ESPN.com confirmed the report, noting that the Saints ultimately ended up staying in Seattle overnight.
Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune followed:
The Saints are scheduled to leave Seattle at 9 a.m. PST. Their ETA in #Nola is 3 p.m. CST.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) December 3, 2013
It was a nightmarish night from the Saints' perspective, as they were lambasted while failing their biggest test of the season.
Quarterback Drew Brees had an uncharacteristically difficult game, and he threw for just 147 yards and one touchdown. He gave full credit to the Seahawks for their dominant victory, according to NewOrleansSaints.com.
But the fact of the matter is we took one on the chin today. We got outplayed today. They played great and they made a lot of plays and we didn’t. They deserve a lot of credit both defensively and offensively for the way they played. They were certainly well prepared. This is a tough atmosphere to come in and play but obviously we are a much better team than what we put out on the field today.
A win over Seattle on Monday night would have given the Saints the lead in the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but New Orleans is now well behind the eight ball in that regard. Unless the Seahawks go on a late-season slide, it is almost guaranteed that Seattle will own home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Saints are still among the best teams in the league at 9-3, but there is no question that they play better within the friendly confines of the Superdome, where they're undefeated thus far.
Not only do the Saints now have to shake off the loss to Seattle, but they also have to put the plane situation behind them as soon as possible. New Orleans has a pivotal Week 14 clash on tap against the NFC South-rival Carolina Panthers, and the winning team will take sole possession of the divisional lead.
Earning a first-round bye is huge in the postseason, but if their awful Monday night in Seattle is any indication, the Saints will have to fight tooth and nail to remain in that position.
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