The Saints playoff hopes are officially on life support.
Drew Brees was intercepted a career high 5 times, and didn’t throw a touchdown pass as New Orleans fell to Atlanta Thursday night 23-13 at the Georgia Dome. The Saints are now 5-7 on the season. Atlanta moved to 11-1.
Brees’ streak of throwing at least one touchdown pass in a game ended at an NFL record 54 games.
Brees did have a 7 yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles nullified by an offensive pass interference call on Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. On the next play, with 45 seconds left in the half Brees threw a 12 yard pass to Sproles to the five yard line.
The Saints then huddled and didn’t run a play until 12 seconds remained on the clock. With no timeouts Brees threw a 2 yard pass to Sproles who was tackled in the middle of the field. The clock ran out before the Saints could run another play.
“That was my fault,” said Brees. “I thought there was more time on the clock than there was.”
On the first possession of the third quarter, the Saints drove to the Atlanta 7. Wide receiver Lance Moore dropped a touchdown pass and the Saints were forced to kick a field goal to cut the Atlanta lead to 17-10.
2 of Brees 5 interceptions fell in the hands of Atlanta safety William Moore.
The Saints lost despite holding Atlanta to 283 total yards, and 1 of 11 third down conversions.
Matt Ryan did throw a 17 yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez in the second quarter to give Atlanta a 14-0 lead.
Brees lamented his poor play. “I thought our team, both offense and defense played great. But, I threw the interceptions.”