After doing nothing offensively for three quarters, the Saints finally showed life in the fourth quarter with a touchdown and a two-point conversion to make it a one-score game. With four minutes left, they put together another drive that threatened to potentially tie the game. When that stalled in Seahawks’ territory, Sean Payton elected to try a 48-yard field goal from Shayne Graham and it ended even worse than the first Graham miss. Speaking of Grahams, Jimmy Graham ended the game with one reception for eight yards, coming with 20 seconds left, when it helped the Saints the least.
A huge Russell Wilson completion to Doug Baldwin deep down the sideline converted a 3rd and three might have given the Saints a realistic chance if dropped. It wasn’t, so Marshawn Lynch took the following play 31 yards to the house for his second touchdown of the game, on top of 140 yards rushing. Sean Payton took the Saints’ timeout to challenge the Baldwin catch, so the best New Orleans could do was add a garbage time touchdown with less than 30 seconds in the hopes that they could get an onside kick, a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie.
They got the onside kick, but that’s about it. The Saints would have had a shot for a Hail Mary had Marques Colston not decided to lateral – instead throwing a forward pass – on a reception with three seconds left when he easily could have gone out of bounds.