Drew Brees unsurprisingly will ‘never’ forget NFC title game
The New Orleans Saints were victims of arguably the worst blown call in NFL history in the team’s stunning loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game earlier this year. In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Drew Brees said this week he’ll “never” forget how badly the Saints were jobbed.
The Saints are set to engage the Rams in an NFC title game rematch on Sunday, so Brees — not to mention the rest of the Saints, as well as members of the Rams — have been inundated this week with questions about the controversial game.
The play in question of course surrounded the inexplicable non-call on potentially two infractions on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman for taking out Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis on a Brees pass late in the fourth quarter of New Orleans’ 26-23 loss in overtime.
Brees was asked by reporters this week how long it will take him to forget the gut-punch loss.
“Still haven’t, never will,” Brees said, via Clutch Points. “But when you say ‘forgotten about,’ you have to find a way to compartmentalize it to the point where you can move on in a positive way. I found a way to do that, but as far as just the events, you live and learn and sometimes things don’t go your way and you’ve got to find a way to come out better on the other side.”
There has been no shortage of outrage over how poorly things played out for the Saints in the NFC Championship Game; from irate fans creatively articulating their despair to gallows-humor remarks from head coach Sean Payton. Brees even starred in a tongue-in-cheek commercial over the offseason over how badly the Saints were robbed.
In the end, the Saints had no choice but to move on, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be bitter about it for the rest of their lives, nor forget about the injustice of it all.