Flightless in Seattle: Plane woes stall Saints

Updated: December 3, 2013, 6:02 AM ET


By
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com


SEATTLE — As if the night couldn’t get any worse for the New Orleans Saints after their 34-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, they wound up having to spend the night in Seattle because of a problem with the team plane.

Specific details were not immediately available, and it’s unclear what time the Saints (9-3) will return home Tuesday. But the delay makes a short week even shorter as they prepare for a critical Week 14 home date with the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers (9-3).

The Saints will look to bounce back from Monday’s poor performance in which quarterback Drew Brees‘ streak of throwing for more than 200 yards ended at 43 games.

“We took one in the chin today,” Brees said. “We got outplayed today. They played great. They made a lot of plays, and we didn’t.”

New Orleans’ nightmare wasn’t limited to the offensive side of the ball, as the team’s improved defense was torched for 429 yards of total offense — 310 of which came via the arm of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

“Lot of things to look at,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “Lot of things we didn’t do well.”

Unfortunately for the Saints, they have another night in Seattle to think about it.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

  • Covered Saints for eight years at New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • Previously covered LSU football, San Francisco 49ers
  • Iowa native and University of Iowa graduate

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