The Saints have to move on quickly after the loss to the 49ers. Their playoff life depends on it. Thursday night, it’s the 5-6 Saints at the 10-1 Atlanta Falcons.
The Saints haven’t been on the losing end of a November game since 2008.
Quarterback Drew Brees threw two interceptions for touchdowns and was sacked 5 times, but as he did Sunday night, interim head coach Joe Vitt accepted blame and backed his team.
“I feel no different about our team right now than I did yesterday when we woke up and we had won 5 of 6 games,” Vitt said.
The Saints held the 49ers to 17 offensive points, but defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said as much as his defense has improved it still could do more.
“It’s hard for me to feel that way because we lost,” Spagnoulo explained. “That is the nature of coaching. You look for the things you need to improve on. I get stuck on those.”
Spagnuolo said a key series in the game was when the 49ers took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 80 yards to take a 14-point lead.
Key play on the drive: 3rd and 2 at the 49er 28 yard line. Colin Kaepernick completed a 45 yard pass to tight end Delanie Walker over the head of Curtis Lofton.
Spagnuolo said don’t blame Lofton, blame him. He had the wrong defense called … a blitz.
The Saints are three and a half point underdogs for Thursday night’s game at Atlanta.