Saints blunder turns sure special teams TD into 2 points in 3-point loss to Chiefs

Jason Owens

The New Orleans Saints looked on the verge of a much-needed special teams touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Instead, they got two points.

Trailing 14-7 late in the first half with their offense struggling behind a battered Drew Brees, the Saints created a big opportunity on a Demarcus Robinson punt return. The Chiefs returner picked up a punt inside the 15-yard line in an attempt to make a big play.

Instead, he immediately ran backward and saw the Saints poke the ball free. It bounced into the end zone, seemingly recovered by Alex Anzalone in the end zone.

Costly miscue for Saints

But Anzalone doesn’t play linebacker because of his great hands. The Saints special teamer couldn’t squeeze the loose ball and let it bounce out of the back of the end zone.

The play resulted in a safety and two points for the Saints instead of a touchdown just before halftime.

Scoring two points on an opposing team’s punt return is certainly a positive outcome. But against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, you need all the points you can get, a lesson New Orleans learned the hard way in a 32-29 loss.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton wears a mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, in the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
Sean Payton's Saints could have used a touchdown there. (AP file Photo/Brett Duke)

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