Saints fall to Giants in disappointing OT homecoming game

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 30: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints reacts during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 30, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NEW OREALNS, LA. – Just like we all thought, the New Orleans Saints’ return to the Caesars Superdome would result in an overtime loss to the previously winless New York Giants.

Saquon Barkley’s touchdown run in overtime made the Saints a loser in a game that was supposed to represent a celebration upon returning home. New Orleans never could put the Giants away and lost its grip on the game late. 

Here’s how it went down.

Make it two weeks in a row that Taysom Hill has played an outsized role in the offensive game plan. The Saints’ multipurpose offensive player was all over the place Sunday, finishing with 8 touches for 54 yards and a pair of scores with a couple of passing completions to boot (Hill also underthrew a deep pass that the Giants intercepted). The Saints aren’t using a true platoon at quarterback, but it’s about as close as an NFL team is going to get to that.

Playing in front of a packed and rowdy Superdome crowd, the Saints were never able to separate themselves from the Giants. They held a statistical advantage in the key situations that coach Sean Payton routinely emphasizes, but that did not translate into a commanding lead the way it usually does. New York hung around and hung around, then suddenly swiped the game away from the Saints.

(Release written by The Advocate)

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