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The Saints had what would have been one of the more remarkable comebacks of the 2023 season slip through their fingers on Thursday night. For most of their Week 7 matchup against the Jaguars, New Orleans' offense was sluggish and found themselves trailing 24-9 midway through the third quarter. However, it was after a Derek Carr pick-six that the offense started to show some life, so much so that they were able to tie the game at 24. 

The Jaguars eventually answered that surge from the Saints with a 46-yard touchdown drive to retake the lead, but left over three minutes on the clock in regulation. New Orleans took the ball and marched all the way to the Jacksonville 6-yard line with roughly 40 seconds left in the game. 

Following a couple of incomplete passes by Carr, he dropped back on a third-and-6 play and found tight end Foster Moreau wide open in the back left side of the end zone. The quarterback then lofted the pass in Moreau's direction and hit the tight end in the hands, but the ball popped out of his fingertips and he dropped what was as easy of a touchdown as you could hope for in that situation. 

"It's tough in front of every man, woman and child that I've ever known," Moreau said of the drop postgame. "It's a dark place to be. It's the National Football League. It doesn't come down to one play, but it comes down to one play. Our team fought hard. It's unacceptable."

That score would have given the Saints the option to either tie the game with an extra point or attempt a two-point conversion and go for the win right then and there. However, those possible decisions were thrown out the window with the drop. After that play, the Saints went for it on fourth down and the Jaguars were able to break up a pass intended for Chris Olave, which led them to the 31-24 victory. 

As the Jaguars were running down the clock, Moreau could be seen on the sideline visibly upset with himself and being consoled by his teammates. Per team reporter Erin Summers, Moreau was sitting on the bench postgame with his helmet still on. Then, running back Alvin Kamara came up to Moreau, hugged him, and walked him to the locker room.

"Obviously, I did," Kamara said of giving Moreau some encouragement after the drop. "There are going to be more plays. There are going to be bigger plays out there. I told him that he is blessed for what he has been through. That is nothing. I'm not worried about Foster not making that play. I don't think we should have been in that position right there saying man he should have caught it. Of course he should have caught it. He knows he should have caught it. Anybody in that position should have caught it. We are pros. If there is anyone out there who is uplifting their teammates and doing everything that they can to try to get a win, then it's him. I'm not worried about that. It is what it is. We are on to the next. It's a loss. It is what it is. We are on to the next."

"It doesn't come down to one play," Carr said of Moreau's drop. "And our job as brothers, family, teammates is to go rally around him. I've been in that moment where I miss a throw or throw a bad pick (interception), and you feel like everyone hates you. But our job as teammates no matter the situation-good or bad-put our arm around him and keep him pushing. Seeing our teammates react that way (picking him up) shows me that have a good group because I've seen moments like that where everybody just starts pointing fingers at that one play, or if a kicker misses one at the end everyone points at them. There's 160 other plays that could've been changed throughout the game. I have never been a believer that you point a finger just because it happens in that moment. There's so many things we could've done to not even be in that situation."

That was Moreau's lone drop of the game. Prior to that play, he had hauled in all three of his targets for 33 yards.