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Saints DB Daniel Sorensen Picks Off Panthers During Season Finale

Jan 8, 2023, 1:54 PM

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Daniel Sorensen #25 of the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 01, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former BYU Cougars and current New Orleans Saints defensive back Daniel Sorensen picked off Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold for his second interception of the season.

The Saints hosted the Panthers at Caesars Superdome on Sunday, January 8.

With 1:47 left in the fourth quarter, Darnold unloaded a deep pass intended for DJ Moore. Sorensen picked off the pass and returned the ball 14 yards to the Carolina 35-yard line.

It was Sorensen’s second interception in the last three games.

Four plays later, the Saints weren’t able to take advantage of the turnover as they missed a potential go-ahead field goal. In the final seconds of the game, the Panthers made a field goal to capture a 10-7 victory.

Sorensen finished the game with four total tackles, three solo tackles, one pass breakup, and an interception. The safety entered the Week 18 game with 21 total tackles, 12 solo tackles, two pass breakups, and an interception this season.

With the loss, the Saints finished the season with a 7-10 record, including 4-5 at home.

About Daniel Sorensen

Before his NFL career, the Colton, California native played at BYU in 2008 and from 2011-13.

During his time with the Cougars, Sorensen recorded 215 total tackles, 126 solo tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, 18 pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and a touchdown in 51 games played.

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After going undrafted in 2014, Sorensen signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. The safety played the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the Chiefs.

In March, the former BYU defensive back signed with the Saints.

Prior to Week 16, Sorensen had recorded 415 total tackles, 320 solo tackles, 4.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 12 interceptions, 33 pass breakups, and four touchdowns during his nine seasons in the league.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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