Saints Revolution

How Embarrassing…

Drew Brees couldn’t quite put Saturday’s season-ending loss in perspective, and you couldn’t quite blame him for it.

It’s been two years since the New Orleans Saints’ season ended in this fashion. And this finish seemed especially abrupt — a 41-36 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, who snuck into the playoffs with a 7-9 record.

The Seahawks were the first team in NFL history to win a division title with a losing record. On this day, though, the defending Super Bowl champions proved to be the impostors, allowing too many big plays and failing to rally in the end, finishing the season with an 11-6 record and a long flight home to New Orleans.

“It’s no fun to lose in the first round, obviously, because we had high aspirations and expectations for this team as we looked at the playoff picture, and just felt like, ‘Hey, we’re as good as anybody, and we’ve got as good a shot as anybody. And how many teams can say that they’ve gone back and repeated as Super Bowl champions?’ ” Brees said. “Everything that we’ve been through this year, especially early on when we started 4-3, and I think a lot of people wanted to talk ‘Super Bowl hangover,’ and yet we kept it in tight and stuck together and found a way to come up with some big victories. It’s hard to come off a championship season and put together the season that we did. …

“But I felt like, as I just speak for the offense, today we played well, but just not well enough. We made some plays, but we just didn’t make enough of them.”

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