The Saints’ Super Bowl championship was won because of a gutsy call — an onsides kick to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV. Could this same bravado have ended the team’s championship run?
The Saints come up just short on fourth-and-short, to give the Seahawks a great chance to put the game away.
As Bucky Brooks points out, the lack of a strong running game is what separates this year’s Saints from last year’s championship team. You have to run the ball to win in the playoffs. That was evident as RB Julius Jones converted on that key fourth-down conversion.
Brooks also notes that the Seahawks not going for a big play after that, along with a delay of game penalty and drop by WR Micheal Williams, really cost them there.