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Who Dats everywhere would prefer to forget about it.
The latest installment of Saints heartache only further validation that on any given Sunday you may see something you've never seen or in this case felt pain you've never felt before.
The Who Dats have witnessed a myriad of disappointments in their fifty seasons like the infamous "River City Relay" back in 2003 in Jacksonville where after multiple last second laterals the Saints found the endzone against the Jaguars, only to have John Carney miss an extra point which would have sent the game into overtime.
Ok that was painful, but this "extra" special loss was for the win only to lose it with this kind of finish.
You put your left foot in...
You put your left food out?
You do the Hokie Pokie and well...you turn this game around.
Yes an inconceivable blocked extra point which would have won this game instead landed in the hands of Denver's defensive back WIll Parks who sprinted up the sidelines but appeared to have his left foot out of bounds before bringing it back in.
A seemingly endless review proved inconclusive where the Saints wondered ok---if the foot was out of bounds--wasn't there some sort of penalty on the block where Denver lineman Jared Crick "pushed " Saints snapper Justin Drescher allowing teammate Justin Simmons to jump over him and block the Will Lutz kick?
NFL officials claim Crick can push Drescher as long as he didn't grab or pull him and Simmons can jump over Drescher as long as he clears the line and didn't land on any Saints----talk about a lot of wiggle room?!
These NFL rules are confusing, complicated and at the end of this day hardly cathartic.....
Afterwards while the fans were in a tizzy the Saints weren't gonna second guess the call on the block or the return which on some replays it appeared Parks was out of bounds even though his white shoes were conveniently camouflaged on the white sideline.
"It was hard to tell, the officials did their best looking at," a rather composed Sean Payton said afterwards. "He's got white cleats on and the sidelines are white, so I don't know."
The call wouldn't go with Payton who remarkably is now 0-5 in games where his team has tried to get over .500 with a 4-4 record.
Yes in 2007.2008.2014,2015 and now this season the black and gold just can't get over the .500 mark at the halfway mark---where they have now gone an incredible 1047 days since last enjoying a winning record in the regular season.
It's been since December of 2013--nearly three years ago. The latest fall as heartbreaking as ever but this team did it's best not to show any panic.
"The sky is not falling today," Payton said. "We have a quick turnaround and it's important it doesn't affect the next game."
Yes the Saints will play another game on Thursday against the Panthers in an always interesting and underperforming NFC South.
A made extra point would have given New Orleans not only a winning record but could have left them a game out of first place with both the Falcons and Panthers also losing on Sunday--but instead everybody stands pat.
'I'm still in disbelief a little bit. You hate to see the game come down to a simple play like that, " Drew Brees said.
I asked Brees if he had ever had been a part of a loss like that and he said back in 2005 when he was with the Chargers after driving the field for a game winning field goal, the Eagles blocked it and returned it for the game icing score.
But this was an extra point.
More extra pain for a Saints team who can't seem to get over the hump.
WHO DAT HITS
SIXTH SENSE: So many good things for these Saints in this one especially on defense where the pass rush was there in droves for the black and gold who delivered six sacks against Denver's first year starter Trevor Siemian. The great thing is six different Saints chipped in. Rookie Sheldon Rankins had his first career sack and joining the fun included Cam Jordan, Kenny Vaccaro, Craig Robertson, Dannell Ellerbee and Nick Fairley.
NO DOUBTING THOMAS: Rough rough sunday for Saints Rookie Michael Thomas. In a season where he has done everything right, this was easily his toughest day where he fumbled twice and had a ball go off his hands for an early interception. Drew Brees put his arm around the rook after his final fumble where he and the team didn't waver in their faith in their rising star afterwards. "He's a young guy and he has made a bunch of big plays for us this year." Brees said. "He's such a competitive guy--he was a taking it hard. He's hard on himself. We take a lot of pride in what we do. We also know we always have another opportunity."
VACCARO DOMINATES: If there is any looming Adderall suspension for Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro, he didn't let it affect his play against Denver. He continued his great year with a big interception, had a sack and was second on the team in tackles with seven.
NOBODY ASKED ME BUT.....I really have enjoyed talking to Michael Thomas so far in his brief time as a New Orleans Saint. He is confident not cocky, polite and well spoken but that was after great games. He didn't talk after his worst game as a pro---maybe he had to see the trainers or possibly it was something personal---I just hope he didn't avoid the media because it was a bad game for him. The rising star should face the music in the good and bad times.
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