Good post. I was thinking about this recently myself, and the Saints were a few gimme kicks, timely fumbles (Pitt and Atlanta), and a coin flip (1st Atlanta game) away from being 9-7.Hard to believe that last season, we had the embarrassing Fitzmagic loss at home to start the season. Had the ugly "sit 'em" game against the Panthers to end the regular season. In between those games we went 13-1 which is pretty incredible. But as I watch highlights from last season memories of tight, close games come back to memory:
Cleveland's bad kicker game
The OT game at Atlanta
The second Bucs game when we looked awful until T. Hill blocked a punt in the third quarter
The Raven's sliced field goal by the league's best kicker
The Rams game was a 3 pt game with 3rd and 8 until M. Peters blew the coverage on Michael Thomas
The loss at Dallas that ended the offensive roll we were on
The 3 pt. win at Carolina - didn't take the lead until the 4th quarter, went for 2 and the INT went the other way for Carolina 2 pts. Lewis fumbled into the endzone when trying to seal the win.
The Steeler game was a 3 pt. win. Kirkwood dropped a first down conversion on 2nd and 20. Brees hit Ginn on 3rd and 20 for 25 yards to set up the go ahead TD.
The 6 pt. playoff win against the Eagles was close but we overcame questionable officiating and sealed it with a INT on a ball through Jeffries hands.
The Ram game was a hard-fought, great game until the infamous ending.
We have a good team that is a SB favorite going into the season. But you have to win those tough games that can go either way. My point is that we went 13-1 from games 2 through 15, but there were some good, close, tough wins in there. 2019 schedule will be tough, again.
Many times this is true. There have also been teams who straight up dominated a lot of their games (didn’t come down to a handful of plays). We need to be one of those teams. Especially in the playoffs.Good post. I was thinking about this recently myself, and the Saints were a few gimme kicks, timely fumbles (Pitt and Atlanta), and a coin flip (1st Atlanta game) away from being 9-7.
Most games come down to a handful of plays, calls, and no-calls. Successful teams get the breaks.
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