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papz 09-24-2012 02:54 PM

Saints players offer no excuses after squandering lead
 
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NEW ORLEANS — Veteran New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith sat at his cubicle Sunday fielding questions from inquisitive reporters who were searching to find a plausible explanation for the inexplicable.

He offered none of any substance, more playerspeak than anything else.

Perhaps there is not just one reason but too many to mention, at least for public consumption.

Fact is, the numbers speak for themselves, beginning with the final score: The Kansas City Chiefs staged a comeback for the ages, rallying from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter for an improbable 27-24 victory in overtime before a stunned sellout crowd of 72,226 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop delivered the winning points with a 31-yard field goal — his sixth of the game — with 6:27 remaining in overtime.

It dropped the Saints to 0-3, putting them three full games behind the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.

Know this: Only three of 113 teams that started a season 0-3 have reached the postseason since 1990, when the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format, and none since 1998.

That suggests the winless Saints will have to defy history to play into January.

“History is made to be broken,’’ Smith said with a smile.

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Less talk... more action. That said, stranger things have happened. The Seahawks beat the Saints in '11.

TheOak 09-24-2012 02:57 PM

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Smiths "Smile" is a little disturbing.

Danno 09-24-2012 03:01 PM

Re: Saints players offer no excuses after squandering lead
 
I'm sure the 0-16 Lions didn't offer excuses either.

Marlboro Man 09-24-2012 05:25 PM

Re: Saints players offer no excuses after squandering lead
 
They don't need to give excuses. Anyone with a seeing eye dog can see this team has no heart, no desire and no pride.


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