Drew Brees and his New Orleans Saints were shocked in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday when they were upset by the Minnesota Vikings and knocked out of the postseason.
As has been the norm with the Saints’ losses lately, the game didn’t come without its fair share of controversy, specifically regarding the overtime touchdown by Minnesota that won the game.
While New Orleans fans continue to stew over the perceived mistake (and another against their NBA team, the Pelicans), it appears Brees is moving on and choosing to enjoy his offseason with his family.
On Tuesday, Brees shared multiple photos to Instagram to commemorate the end of the season: one with his teammates, and one of his daughter, Rylen. The latter photo Brees noted that he “could not post” during the season — because the sweet snap is of Rylen studying her father’s call sheet.
Over the past 20 seasons, NFL fans have been treated to the likes of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers regularly gracing their television screens on any given Sunday.
The talent of such a group of quarterbacks is undeniable, with 10 Super Bowl victories between the quartet, as well as countless NFL records set, broken and set again.
While age may be just a number in some aspects of life, that’s not the case for professional athletes, as much as Tom Brady would like you to think so. Brady, the oldest quarterback in the league, turned 42 earlier in August. Brees is right behind him at age 40, with several other stars including Aaron Rodgers in their late thirties.
The harsh reality is that many of these quarterbacks will be out of the league within a few years – possibly even sooner than anticipated after the retirement of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at the age of 29.
According to Brees, though, the league will be left in good hands.
Antonio Brown is continuing his battle against the NFL over new rules that prohibit him from using his helmet of choice after a study revealed older equipment that has been deemed unsafe by the league.
Several other high-profile players, including Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, have come out in semi-support of Brown’s movement. Both quarterbacks stated displeasure with having to veer from their preferred gear but have ultimately complied with the NFL’s new guidelines thus far.
Recently, another star signal-caller expressed some distaste for his new helmet – but mostly just because of how it makes him look.
New Orleans Pelicans lottery pick Zion Williamson is making the rounds in his new city.
The No. 1 overall selection took in Saints training camp from the sidelines as the team prepares for the upcoming season. Williamson was clad in Pelicans gear, lest anyone not recognize the 6-foot-7 power forward.
Williamson was seen smiling and laughing while he watched the team practice.
The full 2019 NFL schedule was released to the public on Wednesday night and some teams aren’t thrilled with the hand they’ve been dealt for the upcoming season.
Most notably, the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles have the most difficult schedules, according to NFL Network analysts.
The most difficult part of the Saints’ season, says Maurice Jones-Drew, will be the first four weeks, putting pressure on the team to start strong – otherwise, their hopes of making the playoffs could be crushed from the get-go.
As fans of the New Orleans Saints know all too well, one flag – or a flag not thrown – can completely alter the course of a season.
By now everyone has seen or heard about the blown call during the NFC championship game between those Saints and the Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams. The NFL has admitted that the refs made a mistake and subsequently fined Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman for targeting on the play.
However, no amount of apologizing can halt what has already begun – a demand for the NFL to change the rules surrounding pass interference. And unfortunately for the league, that wasn’t the only questionable rule or play that the masses took notice of during championship weekend.
During the AFC championship game, Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones was penalized for roughing the passer after grazing the face mask of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots were able to continue the drive and score a touchdown.
The call looked all too familiar to Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to address the pass interference no-call seen around the world – and players, both active and retired, are taking notice.
Late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints, Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman hit Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis in the helmet without looking for the ball and prior to the ball reaching Lewis. It was a blatant rule violation, but no flag was ever thrown.
Had the penalty been called, the Saints could have continued the drive and scored a touchdown, or let the clock run down further. Instead, they were forced to settle for a fast field goal. The Rams tied the game and went on to win in overtime, which many around New Orleans don’t believe would have happenedhad a flag been thrown against Robey-Coleman.
Multiple members of the Saints, including tight end Ben Watson, team owner Gayle Benson and wide receiver Michael Thomas have commented on the fiasco, with Thomas even calling for a do-over of the game.
NFL legend Terrell Owens was similarly bothered by the blatant missed penalty.
The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots are looking forward to Super Bowl LIII on February 3 – but Las Vegas is already looking towards 2020.
Way-too-early Super Bowl LIV odds show that this season’s final four teams may also be the last ones standing come next postseason, and scorned Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints fans should be pleased with their chances.
Of course, anything could happen between now and next February. The NFL draft is coming up in April, and there’s always the possibility of some star players getting injured, traded or choosing to retire over the long offseason (we’re watching you, Gronk).
Death, taxes and the New England Patriots making it to the AFC Championship Game.
After the AFC and NFC divisional round games on Saturday and Sunday, only four teams remain in the NFL playoffs – and they’re exactly the teams you’d expect.
The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds from each conference reigned supreme over the weekend, setting up two matchups for the ages this upcoming weekend: the Patriots, last season’s runner-up, will travel to take on the Kansas City Chiefs, while the New Orleans Saints will host the Los Angeles Rams.
According to Vegas Insider, Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta will feature the top seeds from each conference. The Rams, once the league’s last-remaining undefeated team, are suddenly at the bottom of the pack looking up, and the Patriots are relishing their new role of “underdog.”