Minutes after the Saints excited the field Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Baltimore Ravens and their fans decided to hang around.
In essence, the Saints were run off their own home field. Laughed off.
After a third consecutive loss at home, including this 34-27 loss, the Saints are now 4-7.
Ironically, they are still within reach of the NFC playoffs because of a just-as-weak NFC South. Nothing, though, over the last two months has shown their willingness to win once there.
Such struggles continued Monday. Running back Justin Forsett had a career-high 182 yards, Drew Brees threw three TDs but he also three another costly interception which was returns for a 44-yard score.
And on forth and goal, the Saints went for it early in the first quarter, watching Mark Ingram stuffed, unable to expose over the line of scrimmage.
By the time Forsett scored his second TD, this time a 20-yard run with 2:53 left, many in the Superdome’s announced crowd of 73,303 fans had exited for what will be a long week of Saints disgust on local sports radio, social media pages and water cooler conversations.
“They’re a good team running the football,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.
“When you’re not able to stop that, it’s tough because of all the other stuff they can do.”