SAN DIEGO — The sun is setting on the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and their Super Bowl chances after a 27-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
The Saints have won four straight games and have played the league’s best defense and offense.
The game was the last of three Super Bowls for the Saints, who have now won just once since 2004.
They will host the Arizona Coyotes at 5:30 p.m.
ET Sunday in a rematch of the 2015 season’s game.
Saints coach Sean Payton will be the last coach to coach the team, which has lost three Superbowls.
He left in February.
Payton had three more seasons as head coach in the NFL before leaving the league in 2019.
Payton has led the Saints to three straight playoff appearances.
The team has struggled for a long time and hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2012.
“It’s a really tough game for us,” Saints coach Pete Carroll said.
“It’s not easy for us, especially with the way they play defense and that kind of stuff, but we’re going to be able to bounce back and get this thing back.”
The Saints had been 0-4 since losing to the Cardinals at home in January and 0-2 since a season-opening victory at Seattle in September.
Arizona is coming off a win over the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis.
The Cardinals will play the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday night.
The Raiders, who defeated the 49ers, 49ers and Packers in Week 5, have lost four straight.
They’re 1-3 in the playoffs.
NFL teams who will play Sunday: Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears, 7 p.s.m., Fox Sports 1The Bears, who beat the Bears 49-20 on Monday night, are 0-3 since beating the Saints.
Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets, 7:30 pm., NBCSports.comMinnesota, who lost 17-10 to the Steelers in Week 9, is 0-5.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8 p.a., CBSSports.tvThe Buccaneers, who won a season opener by 30-17 over the Rams, are 1-4.