It’s official. The Saints will not be hoisting the Lombardi under a shower of black and gold confetti in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
New Orleans jumped out to a 13-0 lead at home, but couldn’t hold off the Rams, who won in overtime 26-23.
There were a number of reasons for the loss, and Saints fans will understandably point to a pretty egregious blown PI call. But questionable game management decisions from Sean Payton and a game-breaking pick from Drew Brees painted the Saints into a corner they couldn’t get out of.
But who cares about the specifics, anyway? The point is that the Saints didn’t win. That means the Rams will be the team practicing at the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch and using the Falcons’ locker room at the Benz. Not the Saints.
The Patriots pulled off an overtime 37-31 win against the Chiefs in what ended up being another conference championship Sunday overtime thriller. Nobody knows better than Falcons fans how dangerous Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are when their back are up against the wall in the postseason.
After Super Bowl LI, Falcons fans aren’t going to be thrilled about the Patriots playing for yet another ring in Atlanta’s stadium. But think about it from this perspective.
At least it’s not the Saints.