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Issues with monitor in Saints’ booth meant Payton had to go with “gut” in challenging calls

By Judd Zulgad

Saints coach Sean Payton said he went with his “gut” when he challenged two fourth-quarter calls in New Orleans’ 29-24 loss to the Vikings on Sunday in an NFC Divisional playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

On a second-and-10 play from the Vikings’ 39-yard line, Case Keenum found Jarius Wright for a 27-yard completion to the New Orleans 34. Payton thought that Wright didn’t keep control of the ball but after review the call was upheld.

On the same drive, with the Vikings facing a third-and-7 at the New Orleans 31, Keenum was being brought to the ground when he directed a pass toward Stefon Diggs that fell incomplete. Payton thought Keenum might have been down before the throwing the pass and challenged that. A replay clearly showed Keenum getting rid of the ball before his knee hit the ground.

Payton lost two timeouts because of his unsuccessful challenges and the Vikings took a 20-14 lead on Kai Forbath’s 49-yard field goal with 10 minutes, 12 seconds remaining.

Payton said one issue was the Saints’ “monitor was down,” adding that, “our booth was the only booth that didn’t have a feed to it.”

“You’ve just got to go with your gut and fortunately it wasn’t an issue with timeouts,” at the end of the game.

The post Issues with monitor in Saints’ booth meant Payton had to go with “gut” in challenging calls appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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