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Painc Time: Saints Now 0-3 After 27-24 OT Loss to Chiefs

Saints fans – panic time for the 2012 season has officially arrived.

The Saints will wake up Monday morning 0-3 after being a heavy favorite to beat the Kansas City Chiefs at home Sunday.

The club had what seemed to be a commanding lead, but in the end, it was failure all along the board, as the Saints are playing more like the ‘aint’s’ of old, falling to KC 27-24 in overtime.

Ryan Succop was one of many heros for the Chiefs, as he hit on six field goals. One of the kicks forced overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift the Chiefs to the win.

Succop’s 43-yard field goal with 3 seconds left completed a comeback by Kansas City after the Saints had scoredd in on a pair of Chiefs turnovers to go ahead 24-6 in the third quarter.

A defensive breakdown led the Chiefs to a 91-yard run by Jamaal Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving. The Chiefs also got a safety in the fourth quarter on Justin Houston’s third sack of the game.

Drew Brees threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but missed all six of his passes through the fourth quarter and overtime, when the Saints were unable to get a single first down.

The Saints went ahead 24-6 on Brees’ 6-yard swing pass to fullback Jed Collins, capping a short drive set up by an interception and 28-yard return to the Kansas City 7.

“We are going to rally and it’s going to bring us together but guys need to take a hard look at themselves and see how they can improve,” Brees said.

In the extra session, the Chiefs sealed the win on their second possession. Charles converted a 4th-and-1 from the New Orleans 44 with a 3-yard run and Dwayne Bowe made a 9-yard reception on third down to place the ball at the 27.

Four combined runs by Shaun Draughn and Charles set up Succop’s game-ending 31-yard field goal.

“They showed a lot of character and fortitude by being down by 18 and then coming back and going into overtime, then being able to win the game,” said Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel. “Certain guys stepped up and made plays that helped us win.”

The Saints have yet to find a way to get a win since the ‘bounty gate’ scandal of the offseason. Now at 0-3, they will have to find a way to regroup and get back to work this week.

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