SEATTLE -- As if the night couldn't get any worse for the New Orleans Saints after their 34-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, they wound up having to spend the night in Seattle because of a problem with the team plane.
The Saints (9-3) didn't get back to New Orleans until after 3 p.m. local time on Tuesday, nearly 12 hours after they had planned to return.
Players were sent home to get some rest and an afternoon of film study and conditioning at club headquarters was essentially wiped out. The delay makes a short week even shorter as the Saints prepare for a critical Week 14 home date with the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers (9-3).
The Saints will look to bounce back from Monday's poor performance in which quarterback Drew Brees' streak of throwing for more than 200 yards ended at 43 games.
"We took one in the chin today," Brees said after Monday night's loss. "We got outplayed today. They played great. They made a lot of plays, and we didn't."
New Orleans' nightmare wasn't limited to the offensive side of the ball, as the team's improved defense was torched for 429 yards of total offense -- 310 of which came via the arm of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
"Lot of things to look at," Saints coach Sean Payton said after the game. "Lot of things we didn't do well."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.