Saints’ offense runs wild in shootout win over Cardinals

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The Saints and Cardinals aren’t heading to the playoffs, but that didn’t stop them from playing an entertaining game today.

In a back-and-forth battle that had a little of everything, a four-touchdown day from Saints quarterback Drew Brees propelled the Saints to a 48-41 win over the Cardinals.

Brees was outstanding, passing for 389 yards and no touchdowns, with Brandin Cooks having 186 receiving yards. The Cardinals got 318 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions from quarterback Carson Palmer and 108 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns from running back David Johnson, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the high-scoring Saints.

A highly questionable penalty late in the game will have plenty of people talking this week: The Cardinals were flagged for a hit to Brees’ head in what seemed to be a case of the officials flagging the Cardinals just for playing football. That will be this week’s officiating controversy.

It was the first NFL game this season in which both teams scored at least 40 points. It was also the highest-scoring NFL game since the Saints beat the Giants 52-49 last year.

The Cardinals are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. The Saints are technically still alive, but realistically they have almost no chance. Still, this was a fun game to watch. With the NFL season coming to a close, that’s all we can ask for from teams with losing records.

23 responses to “Saints’ offense runs wild in shootout win over Cardinals

  1. That was a GODAWFUL roughing call that more or less cost the Cards the game, to be sure, and I’m a Saints fan.

    With that said, it was a pretty exciting game to watch for two teams with little to play for.

  2. Thanks for playing this year Cardinals. You can pick up your participation trophies at the bar right before the Seahawks first playoff game.

    Don’t say I didn’t try to warn you Beardinals.

    Have a nice off-season. The draft is in April.

  3. tmi3rd says:
    Dec 18, 2016 7:32 PM
    That was a GODAWFUL roughing call that more or less cost the Cards the game, to be sure, and I’m a Saints fan.

    With that said, it was a pretty exciting game to watch for two teams with little to play for.

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    I’ll admit that it was a VERY suspect call but saying it cost the Cards the game is a stretch. A TD there would only have tied the game, ASSUMING the kicker makes the extra point. The Saints had PLENTY of time to drive down for a POTENTIAL game winning score. This was two bad teams and the one that sucked the least today (my Saints) is the team that won. Who dat and geaux Saints!

  4. Chandler Jones….game changer. Defense is stout now.

    Ok, all kidding aside, what the hell is up with their defense? This was at home too. Very strange year for the birds. I feel bad for Fitz. He deserves better, Palmer needs to go, and Arians too. He’s lost the locker room

  5. The Saints have to score 45+ points to win. Their defense misses having bounty rewards. Bounties are just playing football.

  6. But ya still don’t fix it. Don’t worry, it’ll come up again later. NO scores 48 and Brees has no TDs per your third sentence? Your second sentence says otherwise. Couldn’t even make it 3 sentences in without screwing it up. That’s cool though. Just continue to toss out random conflicting statements and we’ll just patchwork it all together however each of us see’s fit to accomodate our tastes.

  7. The over in this one and the under in the Broncos/Pats game were the best bets on the board today

  8. siris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Dec 18, 2016 7:56 PM
    Thanks for playing this year Cardinals. You can pick up your participation trophies at the bar right before the Seahawks first playoff game.

    Don’t say I didn’t try to warn you Beardinals.

    Have a nice off-season. The draft is in April.
    ________________________________________

    Now now, make sure you don’t go running and hiding from here when the Seagals go one-and-done in that first playoff game. Least scary NFC playoff team this year.

  9. Will the Seagulls score more than 10 points in a playoff game this year? Probably not.

    Will Osiris33 pretend like his account doesn’t exist when the Seahawks lose in the playoffs again? Of course, just like last year.

    Undisputed fact: Bruce Arians has won 63% of his games as a head coach. That’s more than a few names you might recognize, including Bill Cowher, Joe Gibbs, Bill Walsh, Tom Landry, Andy Reid, John Harbaugh, Mike Holmgren, and . . . wait for it . . . Pete Carroll. The Cardinals have the best coach in the NFC West.

  10. The Saints needs to really examine if the organization needs to go in a different direction. They have the most loyal fans base and deserves more than the product on the field. Loomis should be replaced and the scouting department should be fired.

    The Saints draft talent, but is unwilling to pay for “studs” while every team in the NFC have upgraded. They have Very few 1st Rounder and even less 2nd Rounder at the defensive or offensive line position….just a bunch a re-threads. No quality LBs and a porous secondary.

    Get a grip…. the owner (Benson) is very loyal to his players and coaches….something has to give! The Saints lose games they should WIN and miss the playoffs only to watch those teams go to the Playoff…We’re talking about Playoffs!!!!!

  11. “Undisputed fact: Bruce Arians has won 63% of his games as a head coach. That’s more than a few names you might recognize, including Bill Cowher, Joe Gibbs, Bill Walsh, Tom Landry, Andy Reid, John Harbaugh, Mike Holmgren, and . . . wait for it . . . Pete Carroll. The Cardinals have the best coach in the NFC West.”

    – – –

    …5 wins, with two games left?

  12. Pete Carroll is a 9/11 truther says:
    Dec 18, 2016 11:01 PM
    Will the Seagulls score more than 10 points in a playoff game this year? Probably not.

    Will Osiris33 pretend like his account doesn’t exist when the Seahawks lose in the playoffs again? Of course, just like last year.

    Undisputed fact: Bruce Arians has won 63% of his games as a head coach. That’s more than a few names you might recognize, including Bill Cowher, Joe Gibbs, Bill Walsh, Tom Landry, Andy Reid, John Harbaugh, Mike Holmgren, and . . . wait for it . . . Pete Carroll. The Cardinals have the best coach in the NFC West.
    ================================

    LOL. Arians hasn’t coached half as many games as any of the men you mentioned.

    Too bad he’s going to retire in 3 weeks due to high cholesterol. Without a Super Bowl appearance. Let alone a Super Bowl ring.

  13. Quibble all you want, the Seahawks are in the playoffs and the Cards are once again sitting on the couch with the Rams and Claranettes, watching. But don’t worry…if it hurts too much to watch the rightful division champions in the playoffs, I’m sure there will be a channel devoted to Bruce Arians making excuses and blustery statements that you can watch instead.

  14. Not to mention the GODAWFUL “no catch” call snead had in the end zone,… sorry, don’t feel bad about the roughing call, it evened things out, and i’m a saints fan….

    “whodat5150 says:
    Dec 18, 2016 8:26 PM
    tmi3rd says:
    Dec 18, 2016 7:32 PM
    That was a GODAWFUL roughing call that more or less cost the Cards the game, to be sure, and I’m a Saints fan.

    With that said, it was a pretty exciting game to watch for two teams with little to play for.

    ———————————–

    I’ll admit that it was a VERY suspect call but saying it cost the Cards the game is a stretch. A TD there would only have tied the game, ASSUMING the kicker makes the extra point. The Saints had PLENTY of time to drive down for a POTENTIAL game winning score. This was two bad teams and the one that sucked the least today (my Saints) is the team that won. Who dat and geaux Saints!”

  15. bonecrushinghits says:
    Dec 18, 2016 7:54 PM
    so much bitterness Bruce Arians out there. LOL

    what is your head coaching record in the NFL, trolls ?

    Near as I can tell – Bruce is 39-22-1 for a .637 percentage.

    Everyone wants to call McCarthy horrible and he’s – 112-61-1 for .647 percentage.

    We don’t get near the press coverage of him like BA does – even tho McC has won more games than Bruce has coached.

    To me – it’s MUCH more impressive to have a high winning percentage with a decade’s worth of data over some dude that has about 1/2 that or less.

  16. Funny, nobody directly took on my point that Bruce has won 63% of his games as a head coach. Nope, all you could do is try to snipe at other stuff.

    63% is damn good. I hope the Cards lose out the rest of the year so they get a better draft pick.

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