As Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop lined up for a 31-yard field goal in overtime, fans started filing out of the Superdome.
Those who stuck around looked on in dread as New Orleans' nightmare of an offseason continued to bleed into the regular season.
Succop drilled his club-record sixth field goal of the game, punctuating an 18-point comeback that made the Chiefs 27-24 upset road winners on Sunday.
The Saints fell to 0-3 since head coach Sean Payton was suspended for a season in the NFL's bounty probe - a stark reversal of fortune for a team that made the playoffs each of the past three years.
''We don't know how we're supposed to act right now,'' interim head coach Aaron Kromer said of being winless through Week 3. ''We had a chance today. We're getting close, but close is not good enough.''
Still, Drew Brees described the Saints as a team that won't quit.
''In a lot of situations there's probably teams that will just ... notch up the season as a loss and just kind of go abou...