Don't take the easy way out and blame the Saints defense or Jabari Greer for their heartbreaking last-second loss to the Patriots. It's simply misguided and unfair.
The Saints defense did what they needed to do to leave Gillette Stadium 6-0 on Sunday.
That finish had everything to do with late-game offensive letdown mixed with some Tom Brady magic.
When Drew Brees hit Kenny Stills for the go-ahead score, 3:35 was remaining. The defense responded with back-to-back stops, the first came on a turnover on downs, the second on a Keenan Lewis interception.
With those two chances, the offense gained four yards, kicked one field goal and killed just 1:17 off the clock. All they needed was one first down during either of those two sequences. But despite having six tries, they couldn't get it.
Those shortcomings gave Brady the ball one time too many. With 1:13 remaining, Brady didn't even need a timeout to march 70 yards in eight plays for the winning throw to Kenbrell Thompkins.
"I know this, you can't give Tom Brady that many chances," said Brees after the game.
He would know more than anyone. He's been in Brady's shoes many times before.
But on Sunday it was Brady who had the ball last. And he did what elite superstars do.
Unfortunately for the Saints, they're no longer undefeated because of it.
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