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Game 15 Reaction: Saints vs. Panthers

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Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) runs for yardage as he is defended by Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell (21) and safety Quintin Mikell (27) during the second quarter of the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Play Calling

I know everyone was thinking the same thing.

Why would we call another screen? Why would we run another screen? Why in the world did we try another screen?

I know the screen game is a favorite for the Saints, but after several tries, it would have been wise to not keep calling it. I don’t remember the exact stats, but there had to have been at least ten attempts on the screen, and I don’t remember one going for anything more than five yards.

The Saints were having success running the ball, so you have to wonder why Mark Ingram, who was 13 for 83 rushing, wasn’t called upon more? Why didn’t the Saints look to include Ben Watson more? He had success early. We all sat at home just wondering.

You can also flip the play calling on the final drive. Malcolm Jenkins was just a half second away getting to Cam Newton on the touchdown toss, but someone ended up missing their assignment as a result.