The Saints went into Bank of America Stadium Sunday with hopes of capturing another NFC South title, instead the left with another road defeat and according to the voice of the Saints, Jim Henderson, Sunday's 17-13 loss to Carolina was the season's biggest heartbreaker:
"Cam Newton had been so well controlled that I personally felt and I think probably a lot of Saints fans would have felt the same way 'Well, that's okay, we can put the onus back on our defense, because the defense had played so well for the most part all game long."
And there was plenty of blame to go around, starting with head coach Sean Payton, who Henderson believes did not bring his 'A' game to the sideline:
"The fake on the field goal, that went totally down the drain, looked awful, some of the other decisions probably so...getting away from the run again, I think even he admitted Monday that they probably should have run the ball more. I don't think this has been Sean's best year as a playcaller and it certainly wasn't Sunday, I don't think. And of course the big story during the week was his decision, impetuous or not, to get rid of your placekicker and your left tackle in the 15th game of the season."
Now the Saints are 10-5, losers of three of their last four, not the kind of path they wanted to take into the postseason, something that hasn't even been clinched: