Saints Linkage: Loss could spell end for Hartley, though better team won

Saints Linkage: Loss could spell end for Hartley, though better team won

Saints Linkage: Loss could spell end for Hartley, though better team won

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by Bradley Handwerger

wwltv.com

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 27 at 11:12 AM

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Good day, Who Dats. You've had an entire evening and morning to sleep off that coma-enducing loss to the Falcons on Sunday afternoon. Now it's time to read about what and why the game happened like it did.

Saints Linkage is back for another spin on this fine fall September Monday.

The Saints lost to Atlanta 27-24 in overtime after Garrett Hartley missed a game-winning 29-yard field goal.

Jim Henderson says that the better team ended up winning but he also believes Hartley should stick around.

While reports say that the Saints are bringing in a new kicker for a tryout, Hartley's teammates still believe in the guy who put the team in the Super Bowl.

Well, we now know who will pick up the extra touches in Reggie Bush's absence. Lance Moore had a career day against the Falcons, though that was tempered by the loss.

The defense, on the other hand, was anything but career best. It allowed Atlanta to stick on offense a lot longer than it should have.

That included letting the old grizzled vet Tony Gonzalez to have a big day.

Elsewhere around the web:
Ken Trahan of NewOrleans.com writes that kicking woes have returned for New Orleans.

Brian Allee-Walsh of NewOrleans.com says that mistakes added up to the Saints loss.

Sheldon Mickles of the Baton Rouge Advocate believes that this loss was one the Saints let get away.

Les East of the Advocate writes that the Falcons offense chewed up the clock.

The Advocate posts its weekly By the Numbers from the Falcons game.

John DeShazier of the T-P/NOLA.com conglomerate says that was no pretty game on defense.

Jeff Duncan of the T-P/NOLA.com group says Hartley's job is on the line.

Peter Finney of the T-P/NOLA.com syndicate writes that the Saints have a higher hill to climb now.

Roy Lang III of the Shreveport Times writes that math and mistakes cost the Saints the victory.

Glenn Guilbeau of Gannett says that Hartley didn't exactly get a ringing endorsement after the game.

Mark Heim of the Mobile Press Register says that Lance Moore shone brightly Sunday.

Nationally speaking:
Don Banks of SI.com writes that the NFC South race is an honest-to-goodness one now.

Peter King of SI.com says that Atlanta Head Coach Mike Smith made some gutsy calls Sunday. King still has New Orleans in his fine 15.

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com writes that the win was a character win for Atlanta. What does that say for New Orleans?

Pete Prisco of CBSsports.com wonders if the balance of power is shifting in the NFC South.

Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution says what everyone saw Sunday was the Falcons team that was expected in 2009.

The AJC also has a story where Tony Gonzalez explains how he caught so many passes in the first half.

Darryl Ledbetter of the AJC gives us quotes from the Falcons locker room after the game.

CBS 60 Minutes had a story on Drew Brees.

Larry Holder of CBSsports.com writes that Brees is a man of the people.

 

 

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