The New Orleans Saints wrapped up the regular season on Sunday with a loss to division rivals the Carolina Panthers. It was a high scoring affair in which the Saints fell short losing 44-38 in their regular season finale. As a result of the defeat the Saints made history yet again. However, it might not be something they are very proud of.
The Saints gave up 530 yards of offense to the Panthers. This means that the Saints gave up 7,042 yards of offense this season, the most yards given up by any team in NFL history. The Saints unfortunately broke the old record of 6,793 yards set by the Baltimore Colts back in 1981. The Saints’ defense was the worst defense this season in the NFL and statistically the worst defense in NFL history.
Despite the loss and terrible defense the Saints still did what they do best. The Saints’ offense was great all day as Drew Brees threw for 396 yards with four touchdowns. For the season Brees has thrown for 5,177 yards and 43 touchdowns. Brees has become the first player in NFL history to throw for 5,000+ yards in a season three times. Furthermore, Brees’ 43 touchdowns helped him become the first player in NFL history to have 40+ touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
Now that the season is over the Saints have plenty to reflect on and prepare for. The team made history this season, both good and bad. Also, the Saints will have Sean Payton back next season and it seems that they can finally put the bounty scandal behind them. It was a roller coaster season for the Saints, but despite everything that happened things could have been a lot worse than 7-9. I know the Saints will come back better next season, and if they can fix their defense they will be one of the top teams in 2013.