Saints Report: Saints take care of business in 30-20 win over Falcons
Rooting for the Saints to make the playoffs for the fifth year in a row also meant rooting for the Los Angeles Rams for a little bit of help against the San Francisco 49ers.
Perhaps even a chance to redeem themselves for that New Orleans No Call, but alas, instead blowing their first-ever halftime lead of the Sean McVay era.
The Rams now 45-1 when leading after two quarters and guess which game the Saints needed the Rams to not lose 27-24 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead.
The Saints took care of business on the road against the Falcons, but that 30-20 win only half the battle when it came to playoff seeding.
Even if they had made the post-season, Taysom Hill now in need of surgery to repair a lis-franc injury which pretty much sums up the Saints season in a nutshell.
Somewhere in between setting the NFL record with 58 players to start a game in a season and yet still finishing with a winning record and then losing five consecutive games for the first time in the Sean Payton era, finishing as one of four teams with a winning record to miss the playoffs. Coach Payton said, “Yeah, look, it’s a really tough group. We’ve got really good leadership. That helped us. The makeup in the locker room I think really helped us and we leaned on it. And it’s something that we’ll be able to reflect on later in the week.”
Defensive End Cameron Jordan said, “Time in the NFL is so finite. You have to be able to fight for each and every down, each and every game. Each season is a marathon, and when you come to the last game it’s a full-on sprint, and I feel like my team showed up and showed out and that would’ve been a hell of a momentous push for a playoff berth. But that’s just not in the cards, so now get on this plane, go home, kiss the kids, be with the family, try and heal the locker room, and I think the locker room has done a phenomenal job of sticking together this entire year through all the ups and downs.”
The Saints finish the season with a record of 9-8 and head into the 2022 NFL Draft with the 18th overall pick.