Blocked kick comes back to hurt Saints again

The New Orleans Saints' kicking woes resurfaced again late in the first half of Thursday Night Football.

After Carolina Panthers rookie Vernon Butler blocked a Wil Lutz field-goal attempt, star linebacker Luke Kuechlyscooped the ball off the turf and scampered 87 yards for an apparent touchdown.

Those points came off the board, however, when a brain cramp from cornerback James Bradberry resulted in a penalty near the 30-yard line. Trailing Kuechly by five yards, Bradberry threw an extraneous block to the back of Lutz, who sold the infraction like a European soccer star.

Bradberry was spared ignominy one play later, when Ted Ginn came through with a play so spectacular that the officials missed the call on the field. Ginn beat linebacker Craig Robertson for a 40-yard score, corraling a beautiful Cam Newton strike while sliding out of the back of the end zone. Ginn was ultimately awarded the touchdown on replay review.

One week after a deflected Lutz extra point cost the Saints a victory versus the Broncos, his blocked field-goal attempt turned a potential 13-6 game into a 20-3 halftime lead for the Panthers. Special teams have been a nightmare for New Orleans over the past five days.

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