5 Reasons Why Saints WILL Give Panthers Their 1st Loss

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The Saints Special Teams

Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Michael Mauti (56) celebrates with teammates defensive tackle Kevin Williams (93) and returner Marcus Murphy (23) after recovering a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

In the first game between the Saints and Panthers, the Saints special teams had great moments, but on the other hand some really really bad moments also.

The bad moment being when Luke McCown bobbled the hold on a PAT and did not convert. If the Saints convert on the PAT at the end of the game they would only be down three points and I don’t think McCown would for the interception in the end zone.

Ironically, that came right after one of the Saints best special team moments of the year.

Marcus Murphy, after fumbling a punt that was negated due to penalty, stood at the Saints 26 yard line awaiting the re-kick. He cleanly caught the kick and started across field, then upfield as he returned it 74 yards.

It was the Saints first punt return touchdown since week one of the 2011 season.

For the Saints to have a chance to win this game, they will absolutely need a magical play like that.

Special teams may not seem as important as offense or defense, but when you are playing a team as talented as the Panthers, you need every yard and point you can get.

The Saints special teams will need to show up and have a great game.

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