Sean Payton recovered from NFC title game loss with ice cream, Netflix
Sean Payton was understandably devastated in the days that followed the New Orleans Saints’ heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game.
The controversial nature of the loss made it all the more painful, so Payton recovered from it by going into hiding, sustaining himself and his psyche on heavy doses of sweets and streaming shows.
Payton revealed during his season-ending press conference on Wednesday that he rarely exited his “cave” after the Saints were victimized by arguably the most blatant and impactful missed call in NFL postseason history.
“What is it now, a week and a half? It feels like it’s been longer than that,” Payton said, via ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “I would say honestly after the game for two to three days, much like normal people, I sat and probably didn’t come out of my room, ate Jeni’s ice cream and watched Netflix for three straight days.”
Anger, Payton says, was the primary emotion he felt after the stunning loss. That feeling turned into disappointment after about 24 hours, something Payton credits to the “fantastic” and “brutally honest” discussion he had with NFL’s head of officials, Al Riveron, about the critical and stupefying missed pass interference and/or helmet-to-helmet hit call late in the game.
Payton hopes Saints fans — who have come up with extremely creative ways to deal with the loss — will one day be able to get over it.
“It’s not gonna happen overnight and it will take a little bit of time, obviously. But it’s why we like this game. I mean, football is like life,” Payton said. “It’s not always gonna be how you planned it, it’s not always gonna be fair. And sometimes you get punched and you get up. And there’s that toughness and grit element that’s involved with this game that I think fascinates us all with it.”
Between his humorous comments and the fact he appeared to be wearing the infamous Roger Goodell-Clown shirt under another shirt during the presser, it seems that Payton is well on his way to getting over the brutal end to the Saints’ season.