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It’s always time to celebrate a win, especially one as convincing as the Giants win on Monday night. In this win however there’s no way to ignore the elephant in the room: the penalties…
Well, there’s ugly and then there’s ugly. From the Giants fans standpoint it was an ugly loss for them, but then again it was an ugly win for us. The New York Giants fans are looking at the final score as their embarrassment, 49 to 24. We doubled their offensive effort, and came within a single point of serving up a 50 burger to them.
But if you look a bit closer, it was pretty ugly from our end as well. Coming into that game our penalty stats were not so bad, we averaged about 5 and a half penalties per game at about an average loss of 45 yards. We shot that all to hell on Monday night, we actually doubled it.
The Saints ended up looking like high school kids in this game. The final tally was 11 penalties, and the Giants backed us up over 100 yards. No, come to think f it, the Giants didn’t back us up, and the refs didn’t back us up either. The penalties were self-inflicted, and the Saints players are the only ones who can fix the mess.
Wow, think about that. In a manner of speaking we backed ourselves up all the way from the Giants 1 yardline to 5 five yards deep in our own endzone at our total of 104 yards. Do you think it’s safe to say that we won’t make it to the NFC Championship game if we keep playing like that? “Duh…”
From head coach Sean Payton:
“The concern I had in our game was we had double-digit penalties, we had more than certainly we’re used to and more than what’s acceptable.”
The Saints won’t go marching into the next Superbowl if they try marching in going backwards. The “Moon Walk” worked pretty well for Michael Jackson on the stage, but it doesn’t work very well on a football field.