Saints DE Cam Jordan ejected for throwing punch, takes blame for loss to Chiefs

The New Orleans Saints suffered a close loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in a game that could have swung on multiple plays.

Cam Jordan believes that he personally cost the Saints the game with a play that got him ejected in the fourth quarter.

With the Chiefs leading, 21-15 with 13:55 remaining, Jordan was ejected for punching Kansas City offensive lineman Andrew Wylie in the helmet. The Saints’ defensive end also drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for the incident that happened as Jordan was engaged with Wylie while rushing Patrick Mahomes.

Did this deserve an ejection?

Mahomes threw incomplete on the second-down play at the New Orleans 26-yard line. Instead of third-and-9 on the next play, the Chiefs faced first-and-10 at the Saints’ 13 after the penalty on Jordan. Le’Veon Bell ran for a touchdown on the next play.

The Saints lined up for that play and the rest of the game without Jordan, a lynchpin of their defense.

Jordan takes blame for loss

Jordan implied after the game that he might not agree with the ejection, but took the blame for the play and said that it cost the Saints the game.

The Bell touchdown extended Kansas City’s lead to 29-15, and a Saints rally ultimately fell short in Kansas City’s 32-29 win.

Saints head coach Sean Payton, who has been known to disagree with referees in the past, had no qualms with the decision to eject Jordan.

“We talked all the time about playing with emotion, but not emotional,” Payton said. “They’re pushing back and forth, and I see what the officials saw. They viewed it as a blow or a punch to the head. We’ve just gotta be smarter.”

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) walks off the field after being ejected from the game in the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Cam Jordan believes his penalty and ejection cost the Saints a win on Sunday. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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