At the Superdome, despair quickly replaced euphoria.
Wil Lutz’s extra point that would have given the Saints a 24-23 lead was blocked by Justin Simmons and returned by Will Parks for a touchdown with 1:22 to play as the Super Bowl champion Broncos beat New Orleans 25-23.
Simmons leaped over center Justin Drescher to make the block. Here’s what Drescher and Saints head coach Sean Payton said about the blocked PAT attempt.
The Saints tied the game at 23 on 32 yard pass from Drew Brees to wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Brees was 21 of 29 passing, for 303 yards and three touchdowns.
But, the Saints were undone by four turnovers, two interceptions thrown by Brees and two fourth quarter fumbles by rookie receiver Michael Thomas that led to 10 Denver points.
The Saints, 4-5, must bounce back quickly. New Orleans plays at Carolina Thursday night.
"The sky didn't fall today," said Payton.