Number 5. The Saints were 7/13 (53%) on third down conversions.
This number is disturbing. The Saints made it look easy when they needed a first down. Two of the seven occurred on their last possession of the game. Both times New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees kept the ball and easily surged forward for a first down. There seemed little resistance on the defensive line. But the one conversion that stands out the most happened with 7:01 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The Saints were previously facing a third and two but after a holding call against them they were set back 10 yards. The pass to New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Stills was well short of the first down marker but the defense missed tackles and Stills surged forward 14 yards before he was forced out of bounds. The lack of tackling was appalling. Even embarrassing. They did not look like the defense of late.