New Orleans Saints coach Sean Pyayton says he is confident that his team's 34-7 defeat against the Seattle Seahawks last night was just a blip as they gear up to take on the Carolina Panthers on Monday.
Both teams went into the game in fine form and in contention to be the top seed in the NFC divisional round - however the Seahawks blew away the Saints with a superb performance in front of a typically raucous home crowd.
Payton admitted afterwards that the game hadn't gone to plan for the Saints, but insisted that he was confident that they wouldn't carry the defeat with them for the remainder of the regular season.
"One of the things that we discussed was just the quick turnaround," he said after the game. "It’s a set back and now your on a short week but we have to make the corrections.
"We can’t just say it didn’t happen. But that being said, we have to quickly get focused on Carolina. They're playing as good football as anybody in the league right now. So we’ll do that.”
One of the most worrying aspects of the Saints performance was how effective the Seahwaks were at shutting down their offense - in all they mustered just 188 yards on 56 plays, while quarterback Drew Brees could only manage a season-low 147 throwing yards.
“We’ll look at the tape but we had trouble rushing the football," said Payton when quizzed about what went wrong.
"We had trouble protecting the passer, getting guys open. We didn’t do enough things in any one area. So we didn’t do a good enough job coaching and certainly didn’t give our guys a chance to make plays. We got beat, we got beat good tonight, so it’s tough.”
The Saints' record now stands at 9-3 with four games of the regular season remaining.
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