The Atlanta Falcons know all too well what to feels like to lose games they should have won. Losing games in heartbreaking fashion seems to be a Georgia tradition, one the Saints are attempting to imitate.
No matter how much they continue to discuss a blown call the New Orleans Saints don’t belong in the Super Bowl any more then the Atlanta Falcons do. The Saints lost to the Rams nearly a week ago and continue to make noise over a blown call.
In fairness to the Saints, it was a blown pass interference call, a fortuitous call. The Atlanta Falcons and their fans couldn’t be happier about the way the season ended for the Saints.
In an all too familiar heartbreaking fashion the Saints’ season ended just as the Falcons have ended their two out of the last three seasons.
The Falcons have lost two heartbreaking playoff games that fans remember all too well. There is no reason to recount the many ways they have choked in recent memory. There have already been too many articles both on this site and others, most pointing out how and why the Falcons should have won games they choked in.
New Orleans can now relate though they choose instead to protest a game they should have lost. Yes, there is no question the officials blew a late call that would have put the Saints in prime position. Everything from there is completely a hypothetical no one can definitively answer what would or would not have happened.
Still, the Saints had chances to win the game instead they played poorly in late game situations. The loss was sealed with a Drew Brees interception and still, fans remain stuck on one call.
Often games have missed calls, calls that directly influence the outcome of the game. That is the nature of a game played by humans and officiated by humans, there will be an error.
Great teams refuse to let one blown call make the difference in the game. Instead, they take their fate into their own hands and make plays to win the game.
Much as Atlanta has in recent memory New Orleans choked. They weren’t robbed or cheated out of a spot in the Super Bowl, they allowed themselves to be beaten with poor play calling and a game-ending interception.
That is a fact fans in Atlanta not only can relate to but a fact they will enjoy greatly as the Rams and Patriots head to Atlanta for the Super Bowl.