This was a game the New Orleans Saints were expected to win. New Orleans had won 4 of their last 5 games and 3 straight. The Titans were only 1 and 7. It didn't happen for a number of reasons.
The Mercedes Benz Superdome just didn't have the excitement that you normally get from a Saints home game. The Saints fans weren't emotionally up for the game and you could say the same about the players.
Drew Brees and company started off on fire. He connected with Josh Hill on a ten-yard touchdown strike and on the next offensive series Brandin Cooks hauled in a 38-yard touchdown to give the Saints a 14-3 advantage.
The Saints defense bent and broke and gave up some big plays. A pass thrown by Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota should have been picked off. Instead, Saints defenders Keenan Lewis and Jarius Byrd collided, Titans tight end Delanie Walker was there to grab the ball and would complete a 61-yard touchdown.
Mariota would complete 28 of 39 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns tying the game late in the fourth quarter on a TD pass to Justin Hunter.
After Tennessee missed on a 55-yard field goal attempt, Saints kicker Kai Forbath had a golden opportunity to win back-to-back games if he could drill a 46-yard field goal attempt. It didn't happen.
Forbath said, "Part of the job. You have your highs and lows. Get back next week and work on them more."
In overtime Mariota went right and threw the football to his left to wide open tight end Anthony Fasano for a game winning 5-yard touchdown. The Saints fall to 4 and 5 on the season.
The Saints offensive line couldn't hold their blocks and Brees was hit numerous times. When he stepped up to the podium to answer questions from the media....he displayed a bloody lip.
"I mean forget about records, "stated Brees. "Frustrating that we lost this game because of those things that I mentioned previously, penalties, turnovers, not making plays that we need to make."
Brees completed 29 of 39 pass attempts for 389 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Frustration was the name of the game in the locker room after the overtime defeat. Defensive back Brandon Browner didn't like one of the questions asked by a reporter and he went off, calling the reporter names and had to be settled down by fellow teammates.
Last Sunday it was jubilation. This Sunday...frustration.
The Saints win streak has ended and they'll have to start all over again beginning with a road game at Washington.
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