After that, the Saints fell apart in a way they had not in making the playoffs — and winning one title — during the past three seasons.
‘‘We’re obviously disappointed, but not disheartened,’’ Saints interim head coach Aaron Kromer said. ‘‘We don’t know how we’re supposed to act right now.’’
NOTES: Along with McCluster, the Chiefs lost starting C Rodney Hudson to an apparent right knee injury and RB Peyton Hillis to an ankle injury in the third quarter. ... Saints LB David Hawthorne left with a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return. ... Brees now has TD passes in 46 straight regular season games, one behind Johnny Unitas’ record of 47.
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