(WVUE) - The Saints played their best football of the 2014 season Sunday, but still left Detroit with a loss.
This loss stings even more than others because of how much in control the Saints were in.
"It kind of reminded you of the New England game last year where the Saints were pretty much totally in control late in the fourth quarter. In New England, the stands emptied and people were heading to the exits. We felt the game was over, that was a little bit premature and then suddenly a momentum changing play occurs," explains Jim Henderson, the Voice of the Saints.
There's plenty of blame to go around. But the source has been Drew Brees, who like the rest of the team, played his best football of the season but couldn't finish when it counted the most.
"He completed 7 of his first 9 attempts on passes of 15 or more yards down the field through the third quarter," adds Henderson. "That's the most completions down field this season. But then it all turned around in the last four minutes of the fourth quarter. [He was] sacked just once but he was under pressure a lot. People often don't realize that -- he only was sacked once, but he was under pressure a lot."
Now, at 2-4, the Saints are really up against the wall and will welcome one of the hottest teams in the NFL this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers and their on-fire quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
"With the Saints being as banged up as they are, the fact that they're playing a team with a quarterback who just isn't making mistakes who doesn't turn the ball over, I was surprised that the Saints opened as an early favorite," says Henderson. "It all has to be the aura of playing at home in prime time, that's the only explanation."
The season is not over. But with each loss, the confidence in a turnaround is dwindling.