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Brees: Tough pill to swallow, but Saints can come back better after loss to Rams

Monday Morning Quarterback: NFC Championship edition

Zach Strief
January 21, 2019 - 8:01 am
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The New Orleans Saints heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Rams left a team, a fan base, an entire region hurting. 

“If you play this game long enough, you’re going to have the highest of highs; and you’re going to have the lowest of lows,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said.  “Whether that’s an injury or a play or a moment that just didn’t go your way, one of those shocking things.”

The Saints loss certainly feels like the lowest of lows, especially with the officials blowing a call for defensive pass interference and helmet-to-helmet that would’ve given New Orleans a first and goal with under 2 minutes left.  “There’s always going to be missed calls, maybe sometimes calls go you were, sometimes they don’t,” Brees said.  “But, man, in this moment, with everything at stake, right there for the world to see, it’s not like happening on the back side of a play and nobody saw it.  It was right there for the world to see.  Man, that’s tough.”

It is tough, but Brees explained how you can respond.  “You have a choice at that point, right, to go one of two directions.  You can go in the tank and let it linger.  You can live with regret.  Or you can say, ‘You know what?  I am going to come back better from this.  I am going to make this for good, somehow, someway.’”

Brees brought up the playoff loss to Minnesota in the playoffs last year.  Following that, the Saints responded with a 13-3 season the No. 1 seed.  The knowledge that you can grow and improve from such a gut-wrenching loss doesn’t make it any easier, though.

“This one’s a tough one, tough pill to swallow,” Brees admitted.  “It’s going to hurt for a while; it’s going to sting.  But I feel like this is something that can continue to mold us and strengthen us. Everybody has a choice to make.  That’s the greatest right we have is that choice to make is to make it stronger, to make it for good somehow, someway or to go in the tank.”

“There’s always going to be missed calls, maybe sometimes calls go you were, sometimes they don’t.  But, man, in this moment, with everything at stake, right there for the world to see, it’s not like happening on the back side of a play and nobody saw it.  It was right there for the world to see.  Man, that’s tough.”

Listen to Zach Strief’s entire interview with Drew Brees below.

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