Sean Payton after beating Panthers: “Wasn’t New York’s best game”

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After beating the Panthers on a last-second field goal, you might have thought Sean Payton would take the high road and let previous slights slide.

You would be mistaken.

The Saints coach made sure to get his digs in, after the Panthers had a chance to go ahead late thanks to a pass interference call on review. But a missed field goal by Panthers kicker Joey Slye opened the door for his team to march downfield for the win, and for Payton to sharpen his material.

“It wasn’t our best game, it wasn’t their best game, and quite honestly it wasn’t New York’s best game,” Payton said, via Katherine Terrell of TheAthletic.com.

The Panthers challenged a pass interference on a third-and-goal from the 5-yard line, alleging that Jarius Wright was held up as he crossed the middle of the field. Considering the dismal record of challenges of uncalled pass interference penalties, it seemed like a waste of a timeout by Ron Rivera.

But after review, officials called Saints rookie Chauncey Garnder-Johnson for PI.

After the Saints were jammed out of a trip to the Super Bowl last year, and after Payton offered more suggestions last week on  how the league could improve the process, it had to gall him. He challenged one early in the game and lost, seemingly just trying to prove a point rather than having a sincere hope it would go his way.

66 responses to “Sean Payton after beating Panthers: “Wasn’t New York’s best game”

  1. watched the majority of it, great game, it did seem at times the like refs were trying to stick it to the Saints

  2. It was a good pi call he would have caught it had the saints defender not hugged him and then panthers would have been up 6 bc slye would have missed extra point but then brees would have driven the field and scored a td instead of a fg has he would have had more time

  3. Wasn’t Sean Payton’s best day. Nearly blew a 14-point lead, couldn’t figure out Christian McCaffrey is the entire Panthers offense and doesn’t know how to manage the fourth quarter of a game to save his life.

    I’m a Saints fan, and I’m disgusted and embarrassed that this petulant crybaby is my team’s head coach. Nothing is ever his fault. Do better or grab a pacifier, crybaby.

  4. Payton is an insufferable baby.

    I think I’ll watch a replay of the Vikings stealing one from clown. After he mocked the fans with a Skol chant.

    Such a baby.

  5. That was pass interference. DB mugged the WR crossing the field. Peyton needs glasses or maybe unbiased point of view

  6. Not a Saints fan, and have been critical that they could not get over last years call. That being stated, I have got to give the Saints credit for their focus and fortitude, because PI or not, what a time for that call to be made. Good victory in a hard fought contest.

  7. I think I’ll watch a replay of the Vikings stealing one from clown. After he mocked the fans with a Skol chant.

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    Haha you do that. I’ll rewatch a different Saints-Vikings game to wax nostalgic.

  8. I don’t think most people, including Payton, would argue that that play wasn’t PI. But it was no way as egregious as the one last week in the Texans-Ravens game that was not overturned and called after review.

    The call wasn’t the problem, the consistency of the reviews is.

  9. PI challenges haven’t been ruled effectively by the refs and New York all year, but the one overturned in the game was a good call. That’s actually what you would want right Sean?

  10. This clown fan base saints remind me so much of the vikings fan base moan cry about everything … First off both your teams play in domes so your not real nfl teams to begin with 2nd saints and viking fan base need safe spaces with all the crying they do both teams need to go away

  11. You may not like the Saints or Payton, but there’s not denying that the refs and the NFL are acting like gangsters. The message was clear: “Well Payton, you wanted reviews, here are your reviews”

  12. The problem wasn’t that they reversed it. It was PI. The issue is that they didn’t overturn a challenge earlier on PI and called MT13 for PI
    Just looking for consistency. (By the way the refs admittedly blew two called this year already vs the Texans and rams)

  13. Ref union sticking it to Payton after all he has said about them since last year’s Rams game? Certainly doesn’t appear to be below the zebras.

  14. Apparently ol’ Sean still hasn’t learned the very basic lesson that the best way to not have officials decide games is to not let the games get so close.

    Until he learns how to put the other team away, I expect this insipid whining of his to continue. It’s like he feels entitled to win without it being stressful.

  15. tajuara says:
    November 24, 2019 at 5:43 pm
    You may not like the Saints or Payton, but there’s not denying that the refs and the NFL are acting like gangsters. The message was clear: “Well Payton, you wanted reviews, here are your reviews”
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    Good !
    Payton deserves this.

  16. Glad Cam Newton thinks the refs were fair. Welcome to pft Cam! 12 penalties on the home team, 3 on the road team. Road team shoves a ref and gets no ejection and offsetting penalties on some phantom bump. Refs are all in with Payton as public enemy #1.

  17. Coach is right. The officiating was horrible. That crew needs to be held accountable for their poor performance.

  18. Lets get one thing straight, the Vikings have never cheated their way to a SB. Yeah, you watch the 2009 NFC CG and all the cheap shots that weren’t called. The Viking fans didn’t put up billboards & cry all over the place like the saints fans did, their politicians & people talking about sueing the NFL. That is the CRYINGEST fan base in the history of the NFL, everybody please beat them & their jerk of a coach!

  19. You can always count on this team to cry about the refs. Except, of course, when the refs gift wrapped that super bowl back in 2009. If you celebrate getting calls in your favor, you forfeit the right to cry why you don’t.

  20. qckappa says:
    November 24, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Lets get one thing straight, the Vikings have never cheated their way to a SB. Yeah, you watch the 2009 NFC CG and all the cheap shots that weren’t called. The Viking fans didn’t put up billboards & cry all over the place like the saints fans did, their politicians & people talking about sueing the NFL. That is the CRYINGEST fan base in the history of the NFL, everybody please beat them & their jerk of a coach!
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    Can’t argue with that

  21. It’s hilarious these Vikings fans and their shooting their mouths off here. I guess if my team had been to the SB 4 times and walked away with nothing, I think I’d be jealous of a team who won it the first time they got there. The refs just aren’t a Saints problem, they are a problem for the entire league. So many of them come off as incompetent. Al Riveron needs to be fired as Senior VP of officiating and replaced with someone who is competent and who will be fair and balanced.

  22. Roger still holding a grudge against Payton and the Saints over Tagliabue`s arbitration and not upholding all of Roger’s claims and decisions with Bounty gate.

  23. The Saints got away with at least 3 shots to the head that were uncalled. You can complain about the refs, but they were not against the Saints in this game.

  24. The last PI call that was reviewed they got it right. The Saints #22 interfered with Jarius Wright and it stopped a Carolina TD.

  25. It was definitely pass interference though. Just because you whine throughout the off-season to get a rule change doesn’t mean your team is immune to the new challenge rules.

  26. As a Panthers fan, felt like the Saints were being targeting by the refs. But they didn’t do themselves any favors, a lot of questionable dirty plays.

  27. I love how many Vikings fans live on the Saints’ stories. They’re still so bitter and upset about 09. Your franchise has lost so many bigger games. The 98 nfc championship should be hurting you so much more. You were actually the better team that year.

  28. lots of mouth breathers chiming in about whining and crying… clearly didn’t watch the game. The 12 penalties were the ones that weren’t accepted. That was a straight up attempt to derail the Saints. But if you bet the over and the Panthers + points, you turned out alright.

  29. That was a PI by my Saints player. But the OPI seemed to go against my Saints a lost more than Carolina. The Olsen OPI was more aggressive than either of the OPIs called against Cook and Thomas. Plus, the Carolina grabbed Ginn TWICE on the same route and neither grab was called.

  30. At this rate Sean Payton is bound to be doing a podcast with Bret Hart by the end of the league year. Yes you got screwed, but you run your yap so much I’m not sympathetic when you get screwed again.

    This guy mixes with class like oil with water.

  31. He’ll get fined. He doesn’t care. He’s also right. The officials are ruining the game. Period. Wonder why this controversy doesn’t exist in the NCAA? Think about that for a moment…

  32. NO I wouldnt

    awl1998 says:
    November 24, 2019 at 11:00 pm
    All you guys on top of Payton would have your team hire him in a second. Shut up.

  33. That would be the play. Officiating is fine. PLAYERS – LEARN THE RULES

    mdd913 says:
    November 24, 2019 at 10:06 pm
    Pretty poorly officiated game, from New York and the idiots on the field. Embarrassig how bad NFL refereeing has become.

  34. There were 5 pass interference calls against the saints, none that I can remember against the panthers. One Sean challenged against Cook that very clearly was not opi but was closer to dpi that New York didn’t overturn. That’s why he’s mad, no consistency. Not to mention a deep route pass where Ginn beat his man but was clearly grabbed on his shoulder and no call.

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