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Falcons not happy that Saints went for record

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The Saints got the ball back at the 33-yard line Monday night, up 38-16, with just over five minutes remaining.

Drew Brees needed 30 yards at the time to break Dan Marino’s record. The Saints would usually be running the ball in that situation. But this wasn’t a usual situation.

Saints coach Sean Payton clearly wanted to get the record on Monday Night Football. He admitted so after the game.

“Typically, would I be throwing it there? The answer would be probably not. In fact, the answer would be ‘I wouldn’t be.’ But I thought it was appropriate that we get the record. And we did it,” Payton said, adding how much he respected the Falcons.

After a one-yard run by Pierre Thomas on the second play of the drive, the Saints kept throwing. We didn’t have a problem with the strategy. There’s no rule saying the Falcons couldn’t stop Brees.

Payton and Brees were trying to get the record out of the way and celebrate on a special night in New Orleans. Not everyone agrees with our view.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports questioned whether the approach was “classy.” Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com criticized the Saints, saying that running up the score took some shine off the record.  Falcons players agreed.

“No need for that,” one player told Prisco. “It came on our watch, but it didn’t have to come that way. We won’t forget it.”

Falcons coach Mike Smith said only positives about Brees after the game, but Prisco writes via team sources that Smith wasn’t happy with Peyton’s decision to go for it.

“That’s just who they are,” the Falcons player said. “We’ll see them down the road. We won’t forget any of it.”

That’s the beauty of this situation. There’s a strong chance that “down the road” will be in two weeks, when the Falcons possibly head back to the Superdome in the Wild Card round.

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  1. jc1958cool says: Dec 27, 2011 8:59 AM

    then you should have stopped them! one & done crybabies

  2. wawa33 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:00 AM

    How about the Falcons worry about stopping the Saints and not whining?

  3. geniusesq says: Dec 27, 2011 9:02 AM

    If you don’t like it, Stop it.

  4. uwsptke says: Dec 27, 2011 9:02 AM

    Not a fan of either team, but is there a team that whines more than the Falcons?

  5. motastic85 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:02 AM

    If Matt Ryan was 100 yards from the record, you damn well sure Mr. Smith would be calling go patterns for Julio and Roddy the rest of the game. It just sounds like some one is jealous that his QB ain’t all that special.

  6. cleverbob says: Dec 27, 2011 9:03 AM

    Here’s a crazy thought – play some defense and stop them from passing.

  7. wtfchiefs says: Dec 27, 2011 9:03 AM

    If ya don’t like it…..STOP THEM!! You’re professional athletes, you wanna celebrate after every tackle, yet cry when someone sticks it to you and scores late in the game? Dont think so crybabies.

  8. prior0knowledge says: Dec 27, 2011 9:03 AM

    That’s the beauty of this situation. There’s a strong chance that “down the road” will be in two weeks, when the Falcons possibly head back to the Superdome in the Wild Card round.

    You still have to figure a way to stop Brees.

  9. buffalosaint says: Dec 27, 2011 9:03 AM

    Of course they’re going to remember it. Hard to forget getting 45 dropped on you.

  10. flyinfalkin says: Dec 27, 2011 9:03 AM

    Stop crying. If you didn’t want him to march up and down the field on you maybe try stopping him. Not his fault your defense can’t stop him.

    where in the rule book does it say don’t do that?

  11. bengalsown says: Dec 27, 2011 9:03 AM

    I am embarrassed for Jason Cole and Pete Prisco.

  12. n0hopeleft says: Dec 27, 2011 9:04 AM

    Did anyone notice how cracked out Sean Payton looked in his convo with Gruden before the game? Scary.

  13. cakemixa says: Dec 27, 2011 9:04 AM

    Anonymous players mad?

  14. Patriot42 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:04 AM

    You play the game to win so if the Falcons didn’t like the score they should have tried to prevent it.

  15. luckysunday20 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:05 AM

    Hate when people whine and moan about running up the score. Maybe if you played well kept the game close you wouldn’t have to worry about that.

  16. tim1999 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:05 AM

    Peyton Manning has been running up the score and throwing late in games to pad his stats his entire career and nobody has ever said a word.
    Good for Drew Brees and Sean Payton.
    You now join future HOF’ers Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on the Targets Of Whiney Media bus.

  17. jdreed68 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:05 AM

    Awwsad Falcons :-(

  18. lisabearsfan says: Dec 27, 2011 9:05 AM

    Too bad, boo hoo – Falcons would have done the same thing if they were in the position…they should have tried harder to stop him, oh wait…they couldn’t. Go call the Waaaambulance…

  19. jhastrello says: Dec 27, 2011 9:06 AM

    Oh, give me a break. The Saints (and in particular Payton in particular would have been hung from the rafters by the fans for not going for the record on MNF and at home. As has been said many times before, you have a defensive unit. Have them play better.

  20. ickky says: Dec 27, 2011 9:06 AM

    don’t like it? Stop them.

    Sallys lol

  21. mauijim3 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:07 AM

    Then stop them. Maybe ATL gets another shot at doing so as the #6 seed.

  22. MCxShow says: Dec 27, 2011 9:07 AM

    Here’s a CRAZY idea Atlanta: you could’ve stopped Brees earlier in the game so he wouldn’t have had the chance to break the record on you. Just throwing that out there (pun intended).

    Falcons one-and-done two years in a row.

  23. hallcyon says: Dec 27, 2011 9:07 AM

    The Atlanta Falcons: Showing Everyone That They Are Truly Losers With Their UnSportsmanlike Attitude.

  24. jhncmpbll says: Dec 27, 2011 9:07 AM

    Wow, the Falcons should be embarrassed for complaining about a team playing a full 60 minutes of football.

  25. chmba says: Dec 27, 2011 9:08 AM

    Does anyone believe Falcons wouldn’t have done the same thing to try to set the record at home in Atlanta rather than on a meaningless road game next week early in the first quarter?

  26. sojumaster says: Dec 27, 2011 9:08 AM

    Blah!! This is news? Brees went into the game throwing an AVERAGE of 341 yards a game and he ONLY threw for 307 on Monday Night.

    No one was going to remember that Drew broke the record against the Falcons, until they all started crying about it…..

  27. adderalljack says: Dec 27, 2011 9:08 AM

    If the record wasn’t in play, then MAYBE there is a legitimate beef. Is it too late for another C’mon, Man!??

  28. neilanblomi says: Dec 27, 2011 9:08 AM

    If they really had a problem with the saints playing football they cold have blitzed 8 and tried to hit Brees.

  29. footballgod87 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:08 AM

    Not a Saints fan, but if they didn’t want him to break the record, play some defense, don’t whine afterwards

  30. boiler72 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:09 AM

    Talk about sour grapes. Don’t like it? Then stop ‘em! Common friggin’ sense?

  31. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 27, 2011 9:10 AM

    Typical loser talk, if the script were flipped they wouldn’t be crying. Running up the score, please, before that fumble and return it looked like the Failcons were gonna come back to make it a close game. Which they have been known for, I hope they do remember so when it happens again there won’t be any excuses. They should have come out with some fire to stop the record on the last drive but couldn’t so take a look in the mirror and SHUT UP!

  32. kevpft says: Dec 27, 2011 9:10 AM

    Of course they wanted to go for the record. It gets it out of the way now, before the final game, removing one potential worry/strategic issue in the final game. This allows them to rest/protect Brees as early as possible next week.

    The Falcons “not forgetting it” won’t mean squat.

  33. dlk81 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:11 AM

    All they had to do was create a 5 or 10 yard penalty and Drew would have had to wait until next week.

  34. test2402 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:11 AM

    Tim Tebow would have stopped them.

  35. everyoneholdsorakpo says: Dec 27, 2011 9:12 AM

    I love how they single out 1 or 2 big mouth crybabies to speak for the whole team. Get over it, you don’t have a good enough team to stop them. Truth hurts. Spew your non-sense on another day. Brees did something great. Your defense just isn’t in the same league.

  36. benh999 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:14 AM

    Really? Shouldn’t they be less happy with how they played?

  37. philtration says: Dec 27, 2011 9:14 AM

    They would not be “running up the score” if you had not given up 38 points before that.
    Take a look in the mirror losers.

    Outside of Atlanta, no one was watching that game to see the Falcons and no one cares about your hurt little feelings right now.

  38. saint4life says: Dec 27, 2011 9:14 AM

    as a saints fan if it were to happen against us i would understand it a little bit, but to be able to do it on a monday night at home i would understand the significance alot more…Congrats Drew, very classy guy who deserves it…
    Hey San Diego and Miami, get you some new doctors who know how to read xrays and then you’ll be a winner to.
    WHO DAT BABY!!!!!

  39. shawndc04 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:15 AM

    The job of the offense is to score points. The job of the defense is to stop them. Atlanta, what do you not understand about this?

  40. usmarine75 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:15 AM

    Hey Falcons…

    “What’re you doin’ in here, little kitty cat? Be a dog! We don’t need no meows, we don’t need no cats. We need more dogs.”

  41. madtolive5 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:17 AM

    Get over it your professionals

  42. sportsfan2012 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:17 AM

    I wish the Falcons would quit crying. And be careful for what you wish for as far as meeting the Saints again.

    One and done for the Falcons in the Playoffs.

    Plus.. How can they cry about the Saints running up the score??

    It was all fun when the Falcons ran the score up on the Jaguars 2 weeks ago. Hypocrites

  43. swgiblin says: Dec 27, 2011 9:17 AM

    Awwww, the Falcons got their feelings hurt. We’ll squash it in two weeks, and based on the game last night, don’t expect anything different.

  44. panthers34 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:17 AM

    As I was watching this I kept thinking “mug all the receivers and take the pass intererence penalty”.

  45. mashoaf says: Dec 27, 2011 9:17 AM

    Just like when people complain about any other team running up to score. How about you play some defense and stop them if you do not like what they are doing and shut up after the game if you can not.

  46. nfl fan says: Dec 27, 2011 9:17 AM

    They do this against everyone, but their day will come. Nothing lasts forever.

  47. jrmbadger says: Dec 27, 2011 9:18 AM

    Not a fan of either team, but lighten up.

    You don’t want him to set the record – stop him then.

    I will say that the officiating in that game was suspect. How exactly is a hold in the end zone not a hold (and a safety) just because it’s a screen pass? And show me where Roddy White interfered with the Saint’s defender in the end zone? All I saw on the replay was White being mugged.

  48. 12strikes says: Dec 27, 2011 9:18 AM

    Freak’en cry babies….

    “It came on our watch, but it didn’t have to come that way. We won’t forget it.”

    Are you more upset that “it come on your watch” or that you got your a$$ kicked. Maybe if your defense would have played better it would not have come on your watch. Man UP!!!!!

  49. farvefromover says: Dec 27, 2011 9:18 AM

    I feel like when teams start running the ball only to not run up the score, its a slap in the face as to how bad the other team sucks. If you are the losing team, do you really want the other team taking mercy on you because you can’t stop them? Quit being a bitch, play til the last whistle blows and collect your million(s).

  50. sonvar says: Dec 27, 2011 9:18 AM

    If we were playing college football I might be critical of this being done. You are paid professionals and you’re supposed to stop him. Stop whining. It wasn’t that long ago CJ rushed for 2000 yards and getting to it was rather difficult against the Seahawks as they weren’t letting him run wild on him. You had a chance to make it difficult on Brees and prevent him from breaking the record in this game but you didn’t. At least your coach has some class about it

  51. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 27, 2011 9:18 AM

    O wow.. SHUT UP!!!

    1. When this record is looked at, no one will EVER, EVER!!! remember how the saints ran up the score on the falcons for Brees to get it.

    2. Sorry Falcons its not our fault you guys SUCK on defense. Maybe you shouldn’t have traded away your entire draft for one player and drafted some defensive players.

    3. Good job on breaking the record

  52. 7to10for6allday says: Dec 27, 2011 9:19 AM

    We’ll see them again? Get over yourself nameless falcon player. You’re not gonna beat the saints in the playoffs. Get your vacation plans ready.

  53. kobra71 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:19 AM

    As a Marino/Dolphin fan I would like to see Marino keep as many records as he possibly can since he don’t have a super bowl ring. At least he has a Hall of Fame ring. Anyway I do know records are meant to be broken. And happy to see someone other then Brady or Manning go after his record. and as JC19858 said above “you should of stop them” and not cry about it! I know if I was a coach in the NFL I would not sit on a lead I would continiously try to score anyway I can whether its through passing the ball or running it.

  54. deedub22 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:20 AM

    The Falcons do a lot of whining to the media. Maybe they should have put Brees on his a$$ during one of those attempts. That would have sent a stronger message than “we won’t forget.”

  55. kleppnasty says: Dec 27, 2011 9:20 AM

    How does a player look himself in the mirror after complaining that the other team ran up the score. This is professional football, man up and stop them if you don’t want them to pass it on you. I hope they play again in the playoffs and I hope the saints run up the score again (and I don’t even like the Saints but c’mon man)

  56. sj39 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:21 AM

    The only people that ever use the term “running up the score” are the losers.

  57. mypackersownyourteam says: Dec 27, 2011 9:21 AM

    IMO, a pretty classless thing to do. Brees could have done it next week. I was actually shocked that they didnt just run the clock out.

    Next week, if Rodgers has 5 TD passes and the Packers are up by 30 with a couple minutes left on the clock, and he only needs 1 more to break Brady’s record, in garbage time, theres no way he’s still throwing the football, much less being on the field.

    Again, classless.

  58. camjon32 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:22 AM

    There is no such thing as running up the score. That term was probably coined by some sore loser that couldn’t get any better at something. You always play to win, within the rules, and you do so on both sides of the ball.

    Everyone in the world knew the Saints were going to throw down the stretch so Brees could try and break the record at home on MNF. So….how’s about you try and prevent that from happening? Maybe blitz over and over if you’re so upset about it???

    No sympathy for the Falcons here…stop whining in the media. My Lions may be labeled dirty, but I think that’s a hell of a lot better than being whiners!!!

  59. steelnucs says: Dec 27, 2011 9:23 AM

    “We’ll see them down the road. We won’t forget any of it.”

    Remember it all you want. You’ll get another a$$ whipping then also.

  60. kfrancissr says: Dec 27, 2011 9:23 AM

    Last time they (Falcon players) cried, accusing Saints players of peeing on their logo in the GA Dome… Now, they’re crying again, this time saying “they won’t forget it.”

    Probably best that you do forget because much of your recent past against the Saints is forgettable.

    Saints are 10-2 against the Birds in the Payton / Brees Era… And one of those two wins was gift wrapped last year when Hartley missed a chip shot FG.

    Get over Falcons.

    You’re not in the same league as the Saints, Packer, and Niners for that matter. Doubt you’d beat the Lions right now. You’re not the team you “think” you are.

  61. kmitch218 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:23 AM

    It’s a record Brees is probably going to hold for six days. Payton knows Brady will pass it Sunday so he let him do it. Get over it Falcons, maybe if you played some defense in quarters 1-3 he wouldn’t have reached it so easily.

  62. polegojim says: Dec 27, 2011 9:24 AM

    You’ve got to be kidding me? Sour Grapes over THIS?

    That last drive was for 30 yards…. what about the 300+ you Falcons gave up before that?

    If he hadn’t gotten so close when you were supposed to be stopping him, the last 30 wouldn’t have come on your watch.

    How about celebrating with the guy and acting like men?

  63. billinva says: Dec 27, 2011 9:24 AM

    Stop whining. There’s no such thing as running up the score.

    Here’s why:

    1) Team A has 68 points, they put in the backups. Team B whines that they were disrespected when team A put the backups in.

    2) Team A has 68 points, they leave the starters in and score 38 more points. Team B whines that they were disrespected when Team A scored more points and their defense couldn’t stop them to save the world.

  64. Richard Dickson says: Dec 27, 2011 9:24 AM

    Yeah, man up and play some defense.

  65. crazycane says: Dec 27, 2011 9:24 AM

    This has been the year of teams whining about something another team did. Isn’t this the 3rd time the Falcons have cryed about something?

  66. johnnyb216 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:24 AM

    Don’t worry. The packers will avenge the disrespect those punks showed you once the playoffs start.

  67. 1buckeye76 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:26 AM

    Get over it Falcons – the man had a goal, and there was no stopping him.

  68. azc86 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:26 AM

    I don’t understand what the falcons are crying about, this wasn’t about them this was about Brees being able to celebrate a great achievement in the city and with the people that he has done so much for.

  69. polegojim says: Dec 27, 2011 9:27 AM

    PS – Jason Cole – you’re sports network fits you on this one. What a Yahoo.

    Payton didn’t admit to any ‘lack of class’ as you intimate. He admitted to throwing when he normally wouldn’t have. When your QB has a chance to make HISTORY, you do things like that. Brees earned the right to go for it.

  70. mkarzt714 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:27 AM

    weak. how abbout playing some defense. its like the old madden phrase “you see it,but you still cant stop it”

  71. wikidpissah says: Dec 27, 2011 9:27 AM

    “No need for that,” one player told Prisco. “It came on our watch, but it didn’t have to come that way. We won’t forget it.”

    Maybe the Falcons should have done more to stop him, and when they couldn’t, stayed classy and congratulated him. As for not forgetting it, would the Falcons be less motivated to beat the Saints in two weeks if Brees and Payton hadn’t gone for the record?

    It’s PROFESSIONAL football guys, grow up.

  72. infectorman says: Dec 27, 2011 9:28 AM

    “Typically, would I be throwing it there? The answer would be probably not. In fact, the answer would be ‘I wouldn’t be.’ But I thought it was appropriate that we get the record. And we did it,”

    Really? it was “appropriate”?
    Normally, the best way to feel-out if something is “appropriate” to do is to put yourself in the other guys shoes and ask yourself if you’d appreciate it….
    Wonder if would’ve been “appropriate” if Payton was the HC of Atlanta. These guys that preach til their blue in the face that individual records do NOT matter and all that matters is TEAM. No I in “TEAM”, blah, blah, blah.
    Guess we won’t be hearing that refrain from any of the Saints again. AT least I hope not

    Game was well in hand….UN – necessary at week 16

  73. starfan79 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:28 AM

    They were 30 yards away with possession… I’m going for it too!!! People used to say the patriots would do the same thing running up the score and where did that get them? 3 superbowls.

  74. eballa1 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:28 AM

    Last time I checked, the Falcons were a PROFESSIONAL football team. Boo hoo, you get paid to play defense. You don’t like it, stop them.

    Why would the Saints want another week of distractions if Drew stayed 30 yards shy of the record? They got the record out of the way so they could focus on football the rest of the way. The Falcons weren’t crying when they stopped Brees on their previous drives, even though the Saints were trying to pass.

  75. hollerdog says: Dec 27, 2011 9:29 AM

    oh boo freaking hoo. pete prisco and jason cole and wipe away eachother’s tears. If the falcon’s want to take it as disrespect, whatever. But don’t say it wasn’t classy. If any other coach was 30 yards away from a record, do you not think they would try and go get it? Why would you let all the noise of “will he break it this week?” continue if you could just go get it done and move on. Now it’s about setting the final mark, the added stress of getting it is gone, the whole team can worry about the only task at hand which is winning the next game and getting through the playoffs and to the big dance…quit crying

  76. swinbun says: Dec 27, 2011 9:29 AM

    Not much substance to this story. An unnamed player and a “team source”, who also was unnamed……

    Its the NFL, and its your job to stop them Falcons!!! So if you were really upset about it, then too damn bad. You play 60 minutes and never should anyone think that the other team should not try to move the ball at any point in the game, regardless of score!!

  77. tigers182 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:29 AM

    Whatever happened to pr football being played by men? Every week its players, and even the media complaining about one team running up the score, or a player hitting too hard. What a joke.

  78. peester15 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:31 AM

    Don’t like it? STOP IT!!

  79. dkhhuey says: Dec 27, 2011 9:31 AM

    I wasn’t happy you put up that pathetic of a performance on the football field. If that wasn’t bad enough – you start whining because they wouldn’t ease up!! Sorry girls, this is professional football – they are not required to throttle down just because you decided not to show up and put in the effort required to compete.

  80. tundey says: Dec 27, 2011 9:32 AM

    #1: Nobody really remembers or cares about the teams against whom records are broken. Who knows what team Marino set the record against? It’s all about the record setter (even the receiver that caught the pass isn’t that revered). So the Falcons have no reason to cry

    #2: This is *professional* football. Instead of crying, why not stop the Saints? and if the Falcons were so pissed why not zero-blitz and make Brees pay for the record? Last I checked, tackling, breaking up passes, catching INTs and sacking the QB are still tools available to the defense. Crying, sadly, isn’t one of those tools. Play football and quit bitching!

    BTW, if the Saints and Falcons meet again, the Saints would win. Why? Even when the Falcons were down (i.e. nothing to lose) and knew the Saints were gonna pass, they still couldn’t stop them. So what makes them think they can make the Saints pay when everything is on the line?

  81. Reggie's Bush says: Dec 27, 2011 9:32 AM

    There used to be this awesome way to stop opposing offenses, I think it was called defense!

    Falcons would have still been mad if the Saints ran the ball to finish the game, as the Saints were averaging 7.1 YPC

    It’s all just sour grapes – Falcons, Vikings and Titans can all go and start a support group

  82. bigjdve says: Dec 27, 2011 9:32 AM

    People talk about the Saints not being classy. I don’t understand that, they were doing something for themselves as a team and their city that had to deal with years of losing. This was a great way to repay the people of New Orleans for sticking with them with or without paper bags.

    If you want to talk about classy, why don’t you look at the Falcons? Really, crying because someone broke a record on you? Why don’t you act like professionals, play like them, and stop it from happening? It isn’t their fault that you couldn’t stop them. I would think that you would try to stop them.

  83. keycitethis says: Dec 27, 2011 9:32 AM

    This isn’t t-ball where you stop keeping score so the kids don’t cry, man up and play some defense.

  84. pravin68 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:32 AM

    I thought the refs were horrible and favored the saints. Still the Saints kicked the Falcons asses most of the game and if the Falcons had any pride, they would have played tough knock the QB defense during that drive and risked a 15 yarder if need be(though not with a dirty hit that injures).

  85. bigpurple72 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:33 AM

    Based on the ease that the Saints won, I’m sure they’re shaking in their boots that the Falcons won’t forget.

    BTW, I would have done the same thing as Payton…do it on MNF and get it out of the way.

  86. whoplayswhere says: Dec 27, 2011 9:33 AM

    WOW! I not a Saints nor Falcons fan, but a record like this was fun to watch and you had to realize that Brees and the Saints were going to go for the record on their home turf. I expected more sportsmanship from the Falcons. I also find it odd that none of the players wanted their name listed. Normally, a quote comes with a name, not “one Falcons player said……….”

  87. dawkinseffect says: Dec 27, 2011 9:33 AM

    They should have stopped him!! if they dont like it, then use a better formation to stop his passing attack, thats it

  88. dionoil says: Dec 27, 2011 9:34 AM

    Man up. Seriously, how is it “classy” to not try to score on every possession? Never got that

  89. cwmorga says: Dec 27, 2011 9:34 AM

    “That’s just who they are,” the Falcons player said. “We’ll see them down the road. We won’t forget any of it.”
    —————-
    We know you won’t forget. The question is, can you do anything about it?

  90. mox19380 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:35 AM

    So they know the saints are going to through all day and they couldn’t figure out a way to stop him… In my opinion that makes the record even more impressive.

    I understand the Falcons point but don’t buy it.

  91. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 27, 2011 9:35 AM

    COME ON !!?

    if they were real competitors, before the game they would have said, “there is no way he sets this record tonight. No way it happens against us.”
    but they didn’t.
    They came out flat and got smoked by the second best team in the NFC. 1-b if you ask me.

    The NFL today and a players legacy for all time is judged by stats. Pro Bowls, c0ntracts, & even the hall of fame are go by stats. So what right do coaches have to call off the dogs. To stop their players from achieving greatness??

    this is the NFL.. if you dont like a team whoopin you & running up the score STOP EM… dont give me some whine rant about sportsmanship..Have some pride and take the opportunity from them yourselves..

    Falcons seem to have a lot more to worry about then the saints setting records on them.

  92. jamalsagod says: Dec 27, 2011 9:35 AM

    Hah! Bree’s torched them all game. If it weren’t for their inabilities in special teams, etc. he would have had the record in the 3rd quarter.

    This is definitely the type of complaint you hear from the losing team. ‘yeah we couldn’t stop them, but…’. It will likely work in their locker room too, so they are smart to use it. In the end, though, they’ll have to execute to exact revenge.

  93. scra22 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:35 AM

    They also said they wouldn’t forget the Saints taking a.picture on their field when we beat them on MNF last year. Them “not forgetting” = getting swept this year.

    I never had respect for Pete Prisco as a journalist to begin with, but reading his tweets that said the Falcons should have taken cheap shots on Drew disgusted me. What is wrong with that guy?

    As a Saints fan I want to blow out the Falcons every time we play. I wish we had beat them 62-0 and still kept trying to score, I’m sure Falcons fans feel the same way about us.

  94. nbhubbs says: Dec 27, 2011 9:36 AM

    No offense, but I get the being mad in college. You are all pro’s and getting paid to play this game. If you cant stop them, they have the right to do as they please. If you dont like it, then make sure you stop them in the future.

  95. cfmaguire9 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:36 AM

    the falcons should be unhappy because they got blooooowed out.

  96. brownsince64 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:36 AM

    agree, but is it really wise to fire up a team you might be playing in 2 weeks with your season on the line, when you have next week AT HOME to break the record? I think you play the game the way its meant to be played and don’t worry about records.

  97. puba76 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:36 AM

    If next week was on the road, I give 100% support to going for the record there, the fans and the city of New Orleans deserve that. However, next week is also a home game. We all know Karma can be a b*tch. What if Brady goes out and throws for 500 and ends the year with more yards? Both teams are still trying to get their seeds locked up, so they should both be playing all game. Week 17 passing stats could get VERY interesting!

  98. dvdman123 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:36 AM

    Then stop them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. motorcitydiddy says: Dec 27, 2011 9:36 AM

    Yeah but waiting “down the road” is most likely another 30 point whipping. Saints score lots of points, everyone knows it. Maybe they’re mad at the Saints D, they should have let them score more than 16?

  100. roachmonster says: Dec 27, 2011 9:37 AM

    Can’t wait till the Clowns come back to the dome! Michael Turner 32 rushing yards LMFAO

  101. 1265lombardiave says: Dec 27, 2011 9:38 AM

    Atlanta should worry about finding a QB who can actually hang in big games. So far Matty Ice is a puddle of water when it matters.

  102. vincentedwardjackson says: Dec 27, 2011 9:41 AM

    Pathetic, this is the National Football League! Fans pay a lot of money every year to watch their teams try and accomplish great things every year and the players get paid a lot to accomplish these goals and when they have the opportunity to achieve them they should. Man up and play the way you are getting paid on defense and the record doesn’t happen on your watch!

  103. orangeflh says: Dec 27, 2011 9:43 AM

    Dear Falcons (and all other players & coaches),

    This is the NFL. Not everyone gets a trophy or a ribbon. The coach doesn’t take you to Chuckie Cheese after a loss. If your moms choose to bake cupcakes for the entire team, that is up to them as individuals; it isn’t expected.

    All this “classy” garbage has gone too far. This is where the coddling of youth and worries about “self esteem” have landed us. Grown men, whining about “class.”

    Vince Lombardi would have cut or traded the first one of you clowns to whine. Cowardly punks.

  104. tuxkevin says: Dec 27, 2011 9:43 AM

    Maybe the Falcons should remember what Jimmy Johnson used to say: it isn’t my job to stop my offense.

    ESPN Radio people are whining about unwritten rules” – um, if it isn’t written in the rule book, it isn’t a rule. This is a record that everyone realizes is one of the big ones – are the Saints supposed to feel sorry for the Falcons and wait a week?

    Falcon’s Defense – you’re paid professionals. It is your JOB to stop the Saints. If you can’t do it, go find something else to do.

  105. dudicle says: Dec 27, 2011 9:43 AM

    “Falcons players agreed” is totally misrepresenting the situation. I see only one person (anonymous) quoted. I didn’t feel like it was inappropriate. It was a good win for the Saints, congrats to Brees. Hopefully, we can get our act together and start playing much better.

  106. annnann says: Dec 27, 2011 9:46 AM

    I personally agree with your view. Brees was only 30 yards short, with 5 mins left, it wasn’t like he was 100 yards shy. It was very attainable, so might as well get it over it and get that monkey off your back. Sean Payton definitely wasn’t going to call off the dogs during this game when Brees was only 30 yards shy of breaking a record.

  107. CKL says: Dec 27, 2011 9:46 AM

    scra22 says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:35 AM

    I never had respect for Pete Prisco as a journalist to begin with, but reading his tweets that said the Falcons should have taken cheap shots on Drew disgusted me. What is wrong with that guy?
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    He seriously wrote that? I loathe him, always have. Funny that a guy who is exceedingly unprofessional was whining about anyone else.

    Gotta respect Payton for owning up to it. Falcons whining doesn’t shock me. I don’t think Payton would be a hypocrite about it either if some other team did it to his team.

  108. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 27, 2011 9:47 AM

    “We won’t forget it.” I’m sure Brees and co. are trembling in their boots after that performance by the Falcons.

  109. swgiblin says: Dec 27, 2011 9:47 AM

    @jrmbadger

    You didn’t see when White grabbed the DBs jerseys and threw him to the ground?

  110. kobra71 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:48 AM

    Talking about “Running up the score” Look at the Dolphin game against the Patriots!. In my opinion it looked liked the Dolphins “Sat on the lead” thinking the Patriots won’t come back on them in the second half. And look what happened the Patriots won! So, no I don’t blame the Saints/Breese for running up the score.

  111. flyinhighwithvick says: Dec 27, 2011 9:48 AM

    I love how they “won’t forget it”. How about not allowing it to happen? The Falcons are a joke.

  112. laciroth9 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:48 AM

    Isn’t that cute. The Falcons are upset. Aww Maybe do better next time and this won’t be an issue for you guys.

  113. ytsejamer1 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:49 AM

    When you’re blowing someone out it’s called playing 60-minute football. When you’re getting blown out, it’s called classless. Come on Falcons…strap on a pair. This isn’t the pee-wee league. There’s no crying in…well, you know.

    They definitely shouldn’t complain about giving up the last 30 yards when they had no problem giving up the first 275.

    I was getting ticked that I had to listen to Mike Tirico and company all night long…and possibly NOT see the record broken. There’s something about that MNF broadcast which is lacking…not sure what it is, but it’s nowhere near SNF. Another topic for another time…

    Congrats to Brees on making history. What’s kind of interesting is that if Brady has a record day, he could eclipse Brees…until Brees plays again. They could leapfrog each other…fun!

  114. lacharger2112 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:49 AM

    The Saints are just as upset at the Falcons for not putting up a fight against their offense. They wanted to earn that record, not have it handed to them by a defense that gives up over 300 yards passing. Looked like they wanted to be beat by the run instead by the way they let the Saints run the ball up the middle at will.

  115. starderup says: Dec 27, 2011 9:51 AM

    I hate to break it to the bagheads, but Marino’s record was set when the schedule was 14 games.
    So, no.

  116. kobra71 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:51 AM

    They also need to remember its a 60 minute game! what did they expect them to do? Play for 43 minutes and stop playing for 17 minutes.

  117. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Dec 27, 2011 9:52 AM

    And next they’ll say Jonathan Vilma was kicking Matt Ryan when he was down … LOL

  118. dmretrogames says: Dec 27, 2011 9:52 AM

    Tainted record considering it’s in the Arena Football era and literally played in an arena. Brees plays 9 games a year in perfect conditions. It also took him 58 more attempts, about two full games in Marino’s era.

  119. relaunche says: Dec 27, 2011 9:53 AM

    Maybe you shouldn’t have given up all the previous yards he laid on your a$$ and you wouldn’t have been in the position you were! Just shut it! What a pathetic showing on National television!

  120. dsharpe8 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:55 AM

    There’s no such thing as running up the score in pro football. If the falcons felt that way then they should’ve stopped the saints.

  121. moondog7 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:55 AM

    The Falcons game plan of trying to match point for point with the saints is just terrible. Matt Ryan throwing the ball 50 times is a joke. If they keep pretending he is on the same level as Brees they will get the same results.Run the ball, eat the clock, and limit the touches Brees gets.

    The Saints do run up the score more then any team I have ever seen. Brees is playing madden out there in real life. Its unreal.

  122. packerpride03 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:56 AM

    Coming from scab Payton? He’s a punk same league as the lions coach

  123. ahostiletakeover says: Dec 27, 2011 9:57 AM

    1) There is no such thing as running up the score in the NFL. You’re all professionals whoo get paid to do a job, Brees and his offense did their job, the Falcon defense didn’t do theirs, crying about it makes you look childish.

    2) Everyone watching that game in the stadium and at home KNEW if Brees got close they were gonna go for it, how did the Falcons’ defensive staff and players not know to sell out everything to stop the pass at that point?

    3) Pete Prisco is arguably the worst columnist in talking head history.

  124. maddenwizkid says: Dec 27, 2011 9:58 AM

    I’m off to find the unamed player with a blank line on the back of her falcon jersey. They so scared they don’t even want the saints to know who said it? Now that’s funny. Good thing priscoe is the witness protection program for the NFL’s sissy-fyde losers

  125. andyo102 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:00 AM

    best defense is a good offense. going by that, maybe you should give Turner the ball more than 11 times a game and keep the clock rolling and Brees off the field? why have Ryan throw it 52 times?

  126. paulieorkid says: Dec 27, 2011 10:04 AM

    For a team that just got blown out by 30, the Falcons are sure talking tough about how much revenge they plan to mete out.

    The NFL isn’t for cupcakes – it’s amazing that some of the Falcons are angry at the Saints, for what really is a Falcon problem.

  127. whodat2 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:05 AM

    Yahoo sports is now reporting that some Falcons are upset that Scott Shanle stole the ball from Julio Jones and Malcom Jenkins returned it for a touchdown. Another reason these Saints are “dirty”!

  128. jrmbadger says: Dec 27, 2011 10:07 AM

    “swgiblin says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:47 AM
    @jrmbadger

    You didn’t see when White grabbed the DBs jerseys and threw him to the ground?”

    The replay I saw had White getting mugged. He may have pushed off a bit to get away from being held. The Saint’s DB clearly had White’s jersey.

    Can you seriously explain to me the non-hold/hold call in the end-zone? There may be some rational explanation, but Gruden and Co. were too busy jabbering on and on about how great Brees and the Saints are to provide any kind of meaningful explanation.

    I’ve never heard of something NOT be called a hold just because it’s on a screen pass.

  129. mitchnola says: Dec 27, 2011 10:09 AM

    This is a joke. If the Falcons wanted mercy they shouldn’t have gone for it on 4th down from their own 30 (again). Punt the ball like the little girls you are and maybe the big mean bully will just throw a 30 yard pass and not cram it down your throat for the TD.

  130. runrickyrun34 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:09 AM

    Good point in bringing up the ATL/JAX score from TNF. They didn’t seem to mind scoring all of those point then. And Cole/Prisco can cram it because if this were Brady/Pats they would be praised for having a great offense. Not a lot of people seemed to care about the 50+ points they put up on the Titans in the snow. There are 60 minutes in a game. If you want time off then (letting up at the end of the game) get an everyday job and take up smoking to get your 15 minute smoke breaks.

    And you have to love the “we’ll remember that” quote. They’ll remember it in the form of PTSD if they have to travel back to the Superdome in the playoff’s.

    Maybe Brees should’ve tried for the record throwing left handed to give the Falcons a chance while going for the record.

  131. mrvikings says: Dec 27, 2011 10:09 AM

    Three things:

    1. Didn’t know Keith Brookings was playing for the Falcons.

    2. I’m just happy that it wasn’t set against the Vikings like all other records.

    3. Crongrats to Brees great guy to do it.

  132. bsizemore68 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:10 AM

    Its just like poker, losers say deal, winners count there money, the Falcons need to play better then they won’t find themselves in a position to cry, as a Miami fan I knew the record would be broken Monday night or next week, at least I could watch it live, and the good part is Breese, Manning and Brady will all get a Hall Of Fame ring just like Danny boy has, congrats to all of them. Bill p.s. now if only Miami can beat the New Jersey jets, rank as second class in the NY area.

  133. pandebailey says: Dec 27, 2011 10:11 AM

    I HATE it when teams “run out the clock” and “respect their opponents” by not trying to score! Its not running up the score – its playing the game. How about you give the fans what they paid for – 60 minutes of football?

    In college wrestling, you can lose points for “stalling”, not being aggressive and trying to “run out the clock” when you have a points lead. Great rule! I would love to see that in other sports…..keeping playing!

  134. richc111 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:12 AM

    Class left the NFL a long time ago when the Patriots would routinely run up the score and win by 30 a few years ago. Before then, there was just an agreement between teams to run the game out, the thing is, the more this is done, the more it is going to happen. In this case it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. To set a record like that on national tv at home is a lot better reason to run the score up then all of the other times teams run the score up.

  135. gmen1987 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:18 AM

    starderup says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:51 AM
    I hate to break it to the bagheads, but Marino’s record was set when the schedule was 14 games.
    So, no.

    ==================================
    Goobs,

    The NFL has been playing 16 regular season games since 1978. Dan Marino broke the record in 1984. You are an idiot.

  136. pastabelly says: Dec 27, 2011 10:21 AM

    There is nothing worse than whiners in the NFL. Brees played a great game and has had a great season and deserves the record. Brady, Brees, and Rodgers have had great seasons and it is no mistake they quarterback the teams with the best records in the NFL (same with 49ers defense).

  137. gmen1987 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:22 AM

    If the Falcons don’t like it, then they should have slowed down the Saints or scored more points than what they did.

  138. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 27, 2011 10:23 AM

    It’s football nancy!!!!! You play to win for 60 minutes. Get out there and play defense and stop them then. And yes, you won’t forget any of it because it was a 27 year old record that your team let happen on Monday night football.

  139. mvp43 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:24 AM

    Every team would do the exact same thing…………..why is this even a story?

  140. bigvinnyinjax says: Dec 27, 2011 10:29 AM

    This didn’t occur under normal circumstances, so I don’t have a problem with it.

    If I were a Falcons fan I’d be upset that my team was powerless to stop Brees. And I wouldn’t really be looking forward to facing them again in the playoffs.

    I’m a Jaguars fan and I still remember 1999 when we lost to the Titans twice in the regular season and some fools said they couldn’t wait to meet them again in the playoffs. That worked out great, didn’t it?

  141. joetorious says: Dec 27, 2011 10:29 AM

    How are you going to write a several-paragraph blog entry about a record and not once mention what the record is? I know I can find it easily by Google’ing ‘brees record,’ but that’s a glaring omission on your part. Par for the course, though.

  142. contract says: Dec 27, 2011 10:33 AM

    Instead of whining, they should have sent a jailbreak blitz and hammered Brees.

  143. sickpuppyz says: Dec 27, 2011 10:37 AM

    Payton “normally I would have run the ball”…ah no you woudn’t….tell that to the Colts….putting up 62 points….right…they’ve been throwing it all season and I am fine with it but don’t try to pull the wool over our eyes. The record is insignificant considering the Saints played 10 of 15 games in a controlled environment. Try doing it in the north out in the cold, wind, rain etc. I hate the packerx but Rodgers’ total yards are not far off and look better to me considering where they play. Just like Manning when he broke the record for TD passes….controlled environment, unlike when Brady did it mostly outdoors.

  144. santolonius says: Dec 27, 2011 10:39 AM

    anyone who thinks the falcons are genuinely crying, get your head out of the sand. this is all about needing something to get fired up about for 2 weeks from now… because if they think about the final score of this game it will get very demoralizing.

  145. godofwine330 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:41 AM

    Like I used to tell my Pee-Wee players, “Don’t stop playing hard until the whistle blows and the clock reads zeros. If you get mad that the other team is celebrating when they score – stop them from scoring. If you think the other team is running up the score – stop them from scoring. It’s all on you.”

    I have no problem with what the Saints did. The Falcons should have played better D. The Saints wanted to do it at home in front of their home crowd.

  146. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 10:42 AM

    Here is the problem that I have with thhis “record”. All the chatter about the Saints being the most dangerous team in the NFC and Brees even in the MVP conversation. Let’s see, you scored 62 points against the Colts at home. Running up the score is really a way of life for this team – and no, it isn’t very classy. Not a single credible road win for years – so I can’t wait to see you all marching into Lambeau Field – assuming the Falcons don’t blast you first, which is entirely possible. It’s difficult to beat a team three times in a season when you haven’t pissed them off.

  147. dexterismyhero says: Dec 27, 2011 10:45 AM

    Big deal on the record……Geez, these days QB’s are throwing the ball so much more that records won’t matter…..

    Marino went 362-564 that year….

    Brees is 440-652 with another game left….

    Not that big a deal anymore really…

  148. steelguin says: Dec 27, 2011 10:45 AM

    I love that everyone is questioning this, but there wasnt a peep when Brady was standing on the 1 yard line throwing TD passes and running up the score on his way to 50. Brees is a great player and deserves this record.

  149. bigfranky75 says: Dec 27, 2011 10:49 AM

    honestly, that is flat-out EMBARRASSING that Atlanta actually is mad about this. This isn’t pee-wee or some mercy league.

    If you don’t want them to get teh 30 yards, then play defense and STOP THEM. unreal that NFL players and coaches actually think that a team should “take it easy” on them…. that shows me why this team (Falcons) cant get over the hump.

  150. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 10:58 AM

    To those who say you play for 60 mintues – it seems to me the Pack would have done exactly what they did Sunday Night and empty the bench midway through the 4th quarter. When the game is well in hand, be smart and protect your players. You don’t play this game with an eye on the record book. You play it with an eye on the Super Bowl. Single season records have bery little value – given the nature of the modern game. The secondaries hands have been tied completely behind their back in the modern era. The passing game of today is a byproduct of marketing, safety and expansion.

  151. wallacejay says: Dec 27, 2011 11:04 AM

    “That’s just who they are,” the Falcons player said. “We’ll see them down the road. We won’t forget any of it.”

    How could you forget it? Not only did you guys get completely throttled, Brees broke a long standing record in the process. Please cherish this memory for the rest of your days.

  152. tommytd says: Dec 27, 2011 11:05 AM

    Get over it.

  153. lnicholas says: Dec 27, 2011 11:05 AM

    Sour grapes: I fail to see what difference it makes when you have shown you’re incapable of stopping the apposing QB and he has an chance to break a record that was established in the 80s, wether you lose by a few more points. Your comment ” we’ll remember this ” I don’t think struck fear in the hearts of too
    many Saints players.

  154. brutus9448 says: Dec 27, 2011 11:07 AM

    who cares if the falcons forget any of it or not. They’ll still lose to the saints in the playoffs since they have to play them again in new orleans .

  155. crindal3000 says: Dec 27, 2011 11:08 AM

    After each new orleans score they should have gone for the on side kick and run it up to 100 points on the pathetic falcons.

  156. johnnyuminus says: Dec 27, 2011 11:09 AM

    **Earth to Head Coach Smith***

    The fans want to see new records set! And the fans couldn’t care less about a team getting thrashed in the process. The NFL has evolved because of the fans. Long ago, a bunch of guys formed teams to play for the sake of competition and fun. But it’s not that way anymore.

    The fans already missed out on Aaron Rogers threatening Brady’s 50 TD record if he played the entire game against the Raiders and tossed a couple more TDs.

  157. icanspeel says: Dec 27, 2011 11:10 AM

    The ironic part is the Saints would have been doing the Falcons a favor by passing.. except they couldn’t stop them

  158. emperorzero says: Dec 27, 2011 11:10 AM

    I can see why the Saints would want Brees to break the record at home, but yeah, if the falcons weren’t happy about it, then stop him – one way or another.

  159. svcfilmguy says: Dec 27, 2011 11:12 AM

    The Falcons should be happy. The record has overshadowed the game. In any other scenario, the real stories would be:

    1. How embarrassing was that loss for the Falcons?
    2. Has any team been more of a letdown than the Falcons this year?
    3. Do they have the potential of being anything more than a one and done?
    4. What happens to Matt Ryan in big games?

    Instead of examining those very valid, interesting questions, fans are debating whether or not the other team is classless. The Falcons can complain all they want, but the bottom line is that they *let* the record happen. It is not the job of the opposing coach to have mercy on you. Don’t pretend that Mike Smith would have done things differently if Ryan was looking to lock up the passing record.

  160. bischof21 says: Dec 27, 2011 11:15 AM

    Another week another team who doesn’t like the Saints. Where there’s smoke there’s fire.

  161. nannymcsack says: Dec 27, 2011 11:15 AM

    so they were perfectly ok with the first 250 yards and 3 tds brees threw on them? just don’t break the record on us drew please.

    matt ryan had like 70 more yards than drew brees. i bet the saints defense said man we gotta do better next week instead of complaining about the other team making your secondary look like the pats.

  162. purpleguy says: Dec 27, 2011 11:15 AM

    Falcons have to play D — if they didn’t like what Brees was doing, they should’ve hammered him. While I think the Saints as a team are cheap, Brees is a class act, and I’m glad he got the record.

  163. greenandgoldgirl says: Dec 27, 2011 11:23 AM

    This story is meaningless because the record is meaningless. With the rules changes and in the dome play it doesn’t compare to what Marino did in 1984. Also with Brady about to break the mark and Aaron Rodgers also within reach it’s not that big a deal to break it. And don’t think it won’t be broken again next year. Rodgers, Newton, Brees and Brady could do it again. I also saw last night why most HOF quarterbacks have said Rodgers is playing the best they ever seen. Rodgers has such an exquisite touch to his throws (watch the tape on the Jordy Nelson 55 yard throw from the Bears game), Brees, just throws rockets (no finesse) resulting in that first interception in the end zone. Brees delivery reminds me of Favre, Rodgers reminds me of Marino and Montana. If I had to choose, give me Rodgers or Brady before Brees. Good quarterback but there is something special about Rodgers. mho.

  164. qqqqqjim says: Dec 27, 2011 11:27 AM

    Atlanta said they won’t forget it. We’ll, if they play N.O. again, the result will be the same. The Falcons couldn’t stop the N.O. cheerleaders from scoring. Just shut up cry babies and learn how to play defense/

  165. getadealdonealready says: Dec 27, 2011 11:28 AM

    Fans not happy team didn’t put up much of a fight. It’s the NFL stop them or shut up!

  166. paulvalach says: Dec 27, 2011 11:32 AM

    As a Falcons I am more concerned about the lack of points scored by the FALCONS. Please, if you were in Atlanta, and in the same boat you would go after the record…especially since it Monday Night Football. And if you know that passing is coming, then you need to put in a pass defense. The record would have fallen next week….so be it…perhaps there is an unwritten rule… meh… get over it, and prepare for the next game….hope that there are playoffs in your future…

  167. terrellpryorstattooartist says: Dec 27, 2011 11:33 AM

    So what a minute aren’t the falcons the same team that gave up almost their entire draft to get a receiver so they themselves could run up the score on people? Now I’m really confused

  168. mfclock says: Dec 27, 2011 11:33 AM

    Prisco is ALWAYS crying

  169. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 11:35 AM

    I said the very same thing then. The Pats love to run the score up too. Lets all go on a feeding frenzy and pat our qb’s on the back for throwing 1 and 2 yard touchdown passes in pursuit of a record. Rather than opt for chasing down tainted records, get your back-ups some work in a blow out situation. What better opportunity to turn the reins over to a kid like Chase Daniels to get a little exposure – just in case Brees blows a knee in the wild card round?

  170. souldogdave says: Dec 27, 2011 11:41 AM

    Nobody would want Brees to get the record on their team. That being said, the Falcons would have done the same thing, if they were in that circumstance. So they can quit crying like little girls and man up.

  171. kenny328usa says: Dec 27, 2011 11:42 AM

    when did pro athletes and coaches become such whiners?

  172. svcfilmguy says: Dec 27, 2011 11:43 AM

    steelguin says:
    Dec 27, 2011 10:45 AM
    I love that everyone is questioning this, but there wasnt a peep when Brady was standing on the 1 yard line throwing TD passes and running up the score on his way to 50. Brees is a great player and deserves this record.

    ———————————————–

    Were you living in a cave in 2007?

  173. tonymission says: Dec 27, 2011 11:44 AM

    2011 Saints = 07 Patriots as far as running up scores. They’ve done it all year. How many 4th quarters has Rodgers sat out or handed it off 85% of the time?

    Saints are classless. Rodgers YPA crushed Brees. Records broken outside of the natural flow of the game are a joke.

  174. dubitodd123 says: Dec 27, 2011 11:44 AM

    Who cares they should have stopped them then

  175. kibawib says: Dec 27, 2011 11:48 AM

    Class isn’t something you’ll ever find with the Saints organization. Brees is the face of the franchise. His (and Payton’s) classless move gives us reason to think less of their team.

  176. adm350 says: Dec 27, 2011 11:52 AM

    Not a Saints or Falcons fan but who cares if they went for it. Falcons, you don’t want a 40 burger for dinner, make a play. Were all big boys. Pull up your pants and play D. He got 700 of those yards on your a– LOL. Home crowd, MNF, prob not playing next week……go Drew. Do your thing. Congrats. I guarantee Ryan in week 16 with 30 yards to break your record, is not taking a knee. I had no interest in the game but to watch a piece of history. Thanks for making the blowout worth watching WHO DAT !!!!!!!

  177. PantySTEELER says: Dec 27, 2011 11:56 AM

    Man the heck up and stop them especially considering you knew there were going to the pass. I’m tired of these crybabies complaining about teams(division rivals non the less) running up the score on them. Take it out on them on the field. This isn’t pre-school gym class.

  178. vegaskid21 says: Dec 27, 2011 11:57 AM

    If the falcons didn’t like it, then STOP EM!!!! Thats what the defense is for.

  179. DJ E.F. Cuttin says: Dec 27, 2011 12:00 PM

    What is classless about scoring in a game they get paid MILLIONS to play???? You bottom feeding losers are so used to getting sand kicked in your faces its ridiculous. What’s classless is crying about it then going to collect a 6 figure game check after that display of ineptitude. Those calling the move classless tend to forget one thing, if the game was over, why did they even go for the 1st down instead of punting?? That would have been the ultimate white flag move. But losers and loser fans will always have something to whine about…go cry in the car.

  180. tjv027 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:00 PM

    This is one of the things that annoys me most about professional sports. It happened a lot in ’07 when the Pats were creaming everyone, I especially remember the Deadskins complaining to the media after a 52-3 loss or something.

    This isn’t Pop Warner, you are paid and paid handsomely to keep Brees from getting those yards. I understand that at the end of the day, these opposing players are co-workers, as they negotiate contracts and act as a union together, and that there is a mutual respect and understanding of not going out and embarrassing your fellow union members. But, there was a reason to be throwing the ball there. Saints fans that bought those tickets on the open market in the past week or two surely paid a premium to watch Brees potentially break the record. Payton was giving his QB the moment, his fans the moment, and preventing it from being a distraction in preparing for Carolina.

    Another thing that no one EVER seems to mention…does anyone know that net points and net touchdowns are tiebreakers for the playoffs when the more common tiebreakers don’t settle it? So when people say that there’s no reason to run up the score, they’re not only defending crybaby players that are supposed to be professional, but they’re factually incorrect. Boom.

  181. ratedgap says: Dec 27, 2011 12:00 PM

    greenandgoldgirl says:
    Dec 27, 2011 11:23 AM
    This story is meaningless because the record is meaningless. With the rules changes and in the dome play it doesn’t compare to what Marino did in 1984. Also with Brady about to break the mark and Aaron Rodgers also within reach it’s not that big a deal to break it. And don’t think it won’t be broken again next year. Rodgers, Newton, Brees and Brady could do it again. I also saw last night why most HOF quarterbacks have said Rodgers is playing the best they ever seen. Rodgers has such an exquisite touch to his throws (watch the tape on the Jordy Nelson 55 yard throw from the Bears game), Brees, just throws rockets (no finesse) resulting in that first interception in the end zone. Brees delivery reminds me of Favre, Rodgers reminds me of Marino and Montana. If I had to choose, give me Rodgers or Brady before Brees. Good quarterback but there is something special about Rodgers. mho.

    ————————————————-

    I am sure there is little to no bias in tour taking Rodgers over Brees there greenandgoldgirl. I am a Saints fan. Give me Brees over Rodgers all day, there is something special about him. mho. See what I did there? I chose the guy whom QBs my team. Went way out on a limb.

  182. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 12:02 PM

    Oh how right you are. If you find yourself in a position of chasing down a record – the record is tainted. Right Mr. Brady? Right Mr. Brees? Rodgers could have topped the 50 mark in td passes if the Packers would have been playing that brand of football – but a record you have to chase at the expense of common sense and decency isn’t a record worth having.

    I don’t care about the Falcons or the Saints – but I do care about the integrity of the game. You want to tarnish a great season – then put the pursuit of records ahead of sportsmanship. You want to be in the MVP conversation – don’t struggle to beat marginal opponents like the Titans and the Rams on the road.

  183. ratedgap says: Dec 27, 2011 12:03 PM

    Now don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with championing your guy. Everyone should if you are a fan of a certain team. I just don’t like it dressed up as if some extra special thought and tracking went into making that decision. Packers fans will choose Rodgers, and believe me any and every Saints fan would take Brees over any other QB in the league. I am sure we are both happy with that.

  184. blasterpastor says: Dec 27, 2011 12:06 PM

    I’m in Atlanta and a Falcons fan; however, I wish these players would shut the hell up. Nobody but nobody could have beaten the Saints last night! Brees & Co. were fantastic and, given the chance, the Falcons would have done the same to the Saints. They didn’t and the Saints won. That’s it! If you didn’t want the Saints to run up the score, you should have played much better defense!

  185. cowboyscanada says: Dec 27, 2011 12:09 PM

    Im not a fan of either team, but if they didn’t want Brees to get the record, then the Falcons should have stopped them. Too bad for the Falcons,,get a better defense..

  186. dolphins4 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:09 PM

    I wonder what Dunta thinks of New Orleans receivers?

  187. DJ E.F. Cuttin says: Dec 27, 2011 12:13 PM

    I’m seeing alot of Packer fans crying in here… You guys must be bored. Go figure out how to run the ball. As for struggles, 3 of your wins came when the losing team beat themselves (Saints, Chargers, Giants) as opposed to what you did to them. Go enjoy your season, and stay out of other teams’ affairs. Just like you beat the #1 seed on the road last year, you could be 1 and done this year.. Get your priorities in order…

  188. txraiderfan says: Dec 27, 2011 12:14 PM

    It’s getting harder and harder to pull for the Falcons. If they weren’t happy about the Brees record issue, maybe they doubled Graham, or did any number of other things to try to stop Brees. Otherwise, quit CRYING!

  189. fissels says: Dec 27, 2011 12:21 PM

    I hope Brees & Co go against the Packers for the championship. A battle for the ages!

  190. lisabearsfan says: Dec 27, 2011 12:22 PM

    Wow I can’t believe the whiners!!! Records are kept so that they can be broken, otherwise, what’s the point of keeping stats?! It was awesome to watch and that’s that. Get over it.

  191. richm2256 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:25 PM

    lisabearsfan says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:05 AM
    Too bad, boo hoo – Falcons would have done the same thing if they were in the position…they should have tried harder to stop him, oh wait…they couldn’t. Go call the Waaaambulance…
    ———————————————————
    Can we officially retire “Waaaambulance”, please?

    It was funny the first time, about six years ago. After that, it’s just juvenile.

    Something a junior high student would say.

  192. laserw says: Dec 27, 2011 12:25 PM

    The Falcons had to know what the Saints would do so the fact that the Falcons couldn’t stop the pass on that last New Orlean’s drive shows why the Falcons don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.

    My problem with the game last night boiled down to unprofessional and unethical announcers showing a significant bias toward coverage on New Orleans without any positive coverage of the Falcons. They started within 1 minute of the telecast and the unbalanced coverage (butt kissing) got worse and worse throughout the whole evening. The coverage was so pro New Orleans. I hope Chuckie gets a job because he is one of the worst announcers in the sport (followed by Troy Barkman and Phil Sims) based on HUGE BIASES in their coverage.

    The other problem last night was Jeff Tripplette and his gang of blind referees – they called hitting a defenseless receiver against the Falcons when it wasn’t and totally missed an even more flagrant hit on a Falcon receiver by a Saint that bend the Falcon player backwards. The first call was really a helmet to helmet hit but it wasn’t called like that.

    I hate both teams with a passion so I have no reason to notice botched calls, but Jeff Tripplette is one of the worst referees this season – his team totally made up calls in the New England-Washington game – even the announcers were questioning the calls. I have written the NFL about Tripplette and more pressure needs to be put on the NFL to prevent such wretched officiating from going into the post-season. Tripplette’s team calls borderline offensive holding while ignoring BLATANT holding – they are also calling far more offensive pass interference calls than average and missing blatant defensive pass interference calls. Jeff Tripplette is this era’s Jim Tunney – the worst official in NFL history.

  193. greenandgoldgirl says: Dec 27, 2011 12:36 PM

    ratedgap – I have no problem with you picking Drew Brees – I didn’t say he was bad, he’s just not my personal choice.

    What I was addressing was the fact that the analysts of quarterbacks, specifically /Steve Young, Trent Dilfer, Joe Montana and also Cris Carter and others have said publically that they think Aaron Rodgers is having the best season they have ever seen in the NFL. At first I thought they we just hyping it up but after watching Brees and even Brady this last weekend I can finally see why they would make those statements. Yup, I’m a Packer fan and proud of it, but for me, it was a revelation. I didn’t agree with them until last night, again, thought it was just hype.

    The Saints are a good team and the game they played in Green Bay earlier in the year was one of the best contests I’ve witnessed in a long time. Hope to meet up with them in the playoffs, and hoping for the same result!

  194. visible4 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:45 PM

    ATL is not happy about it….but what are they going to do about it? The only team they beat all year with a winning record was DET. They better shut up or New Orleans is going to drop 50 points on them in a couple weeks.

  195. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 12:45 PM

    Really – how many road playoff wins does your guy have? Seattle last year – oh wait – lost that one to go nothing for 2. Rodgers td – interception ratio is 7.5:1. Brees barely breaks 3:1, with a career ratio less than 2:1, compared to Rodgers nearly 3.5:1.

    The season has been a travesty of putting numbers ahead of integrity. 62 points against the junior varsity of the Colts? Who really cares? A garbage time touchdown against hte Falcons is nothing new – and it doesn’t add any value to a meaningless accomplishment. I guarantee that Rodgers will not be in the game on Sunday for the purpose of breaking records. His numbers stand on their own merit with the best interest of the team at the heart of the discussion.

  196. shorelinemike says: Dec 27, 2011 12:46 PM

    @uwsptke:

    “Not a fan of either team, but is there a team that whines more than the Falcons?”

    Nevermore …

  197. rajbais says: Dec 27, 2011 12:49 PM

    Well I am happy because it just shows that the media doesn’t know anything.

    The Falcons going to the Super Bowl???

  198. mogogo1 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:53 PM

    Everybody knew Brees was likely going to get the record last night, yet the Falcons seemed as flabbergasted as Tiki Barber when the Saints actually did it. Not only do they come off as terrible sports, they appear to be totally clueless, as well.

  199. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 12:53 PM

    I am not whining because I don’t have a horse in the race. It is classless act to chase records for the sake of chasing records. lisabearsfan – should we have kept Rodgers in the game and had him throwing the ball down your team’s throat on Sunday night? I’ll make a note of your answer and send it off to McCarthy for future consideration.

    Class is Barry Sanders – refusing to stay in the game to chase records. I stand by the integrity of the game. Throwing the football with 2 minutes left and a large lead is preposterous. It cheapens the record for the next guy.

  200. DJ E.F. Cuttin says: Dec 27, 2011 12:56 PM

    Just4Given,
    So when AR throws for 6 TDs Sunday you’re gonna come eat that big helping of crow, right???

  201. xxwhodatxx says: Dec 27, 2011 12:57 PM

    Greenandgoldgirl- stop wasting time making dumb comments and get back in the kitchen where I’m sure you have more expertise.

  202. rock90210 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:59 PM

    Running up the score? It was a two touchdown game in the middle of the 4th qtr? How do you run that up? Well you lay the ball on the ground and you give the ball to Dree Brees with more than 5 minutes left and 30 yards away from a record that everyone came to see broken on Monday Night at home. And you are whining about something you knew would happen?

    And it was beautiful – securing the record on a third down TD pass – the last time he could possibly do it that night (because I doubt they would go for it on 4th down). Fantastic!

    And Pete Prisco didn’t like this? Now I know why he has a 33% record in picking football games – he doesn’t understand the sport.

  203. nard100 says: Dec 27, 2011 1:00 PM

    “That’s just who they are,” the Falcons player said. “We’ll see them down the road. We won’t forget any of it.”

    All that means is that in a few weeks, when they see them again… it will be more of the same. How often do you see at team that gets hyped so much during the regular season, to produce less in the playoffs than the Falcons? I’m not a fan of either team, but the best thing the falcons could do is not say anything and actually show up in the playoffs.

  204. classygentleman7 says: Dec 27, 2011 1:07 PM

    This isn’t pee wee, high school, or college football, where teams are often grossly overmatched, this is the NFL. They’re big boys. Don’t like them going for the record? Then stop them. Simple as that.

  205. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 1:10 PM

    I’m not too worried about the Saints visiting Green Bay at all. The Saints best not look past the Niners, as I strongly suspect Saints fans to be as dissappointed with the performance on the road as they were with the Seattle debacle a year ago. This team is built for domes.

    As for the Packers being handed wins, seems to me we made sure we were in position to take them following our Super Bowl victory. How many losses to inferior oppoisiton did the Saints have in 2010 with the target on their back?

  206. realfootballfan says: Dec 27, 2011 1:17 PM

    Waaaah, cry me a river. Fix that leaky defense and get Matt Ryan a clutch gene before you worry about the Saints “running up the score.”

    I’ve never heard anything more ridiculous when we’re talking about professionals. College teams drop 70 on some lowly opponent that is clearly outmatched, but these so called “professionals,” who get paid for this mind you, get butt sore because they can’t stop their opponent. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

  207. ebeg420 says: Dec 27, 2011 1:20 PM

    If you don’t want someone to break a record against you, how about playing some defense and stopping him? This is PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL, stop the crying and do something about it if you don’t like it!!!

  208. rbirving says: Dec 27, 2011 1:26 PM

    There isn’t a coach in the league that wouldn’t have done the same thing under those circumstances. Anyone who says different is a bald faced liar.

  209. 13xworldchamps says: Dec 27, 2011 1:41 PM

    Aaron Rodgers has sat out the equivalent to almost a full game this year because McCarthy has pulled him with Big leads, yet he is only 400 yds behind Bree’s, who has less TD’s and Double the Interceptions.

    Bree’s is a great QB no doubt, But Rodgers has had by far the better year……..

  210. snap0179 says: Dec 27, 2011 1:46 PM

    Falcons also ‘irked’ their offense didn’t show up especially after 2 Brees picks, and equally ‘irked’ their defense couldn’t stop a leak. Deal with it.

  211. sosuhme says: Dec 27, 2011 1:49 PM

    How lame. Tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone and when an opportunity presents itself you jump on it.

    These must be the same players that whined when Suh said mean things about their quarterback.

  212. pepperoni92 says: Dec 27, 2011 1:55 PM

    Then try to play like you want to win ! Falcons gave up & played like sh!t.

    Quit your belly achin’.

  213. rando74 says: Dec 27, 2011 1:56 PM

    No need for that,” one player told Prisco. “It came on our watch, but it didn’t have to come that way. We won’t forget it.”

    __________________________

    Good dont forget it. That way when it happens again you’ll know whats going on. I’m sure the Saints are REEEEEEAAAAALLLL scared too.

  214. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 1:59 PM

    Hey realfootballlfan – college coaches usually do the right thing and empty the bench before they run up the score. If you want to run up the score with two minutes to go – do it with your second string.

  215. Broncofanatic7 says: Dec 27, 2011 2:02 PM

    Let’s see… Monday Night Football, at the Superdome, 30 yards away from breaking a 27 year old record?
    Yeah… EVERYONE goes for that record right there. No messing around.
    This is the National Football League! Stop crying, and would hope that you remember a game where you get beaten like a pinata!
    Brees deserved that moment, and the record.

  216. johngaltwho says: Dec 27, 2011 2:03 PM

    I agree the Saints had every right to “go for the record” and the Falcons should not whine about it but people who don’t think there’s any issue here just don’t fully appreciate the history of sports and the integrity of the game. Statistics have their value in that they tell a story about achievements reached in the course of playing the game. When records are broken by teams and players that play “for the record”, then they do defy the spirit of the game.

  217. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 2:07 PM

    DJ E.F. Cuttin – Rodgers will not see the field for more than a half. If he should toss 6 td passes in the first half – so be it. If McCarthy would do the unthinkable and keep him out there thrwoing with two minuttes left in the game to get touchdown number 6, I would be screaming louder than anybody. I have newd for you – it won’t happen. It hasn’t happened all season – despite several opportunities to chase individual records by piling on points late in the 4th quarter.

  218. eknirb says: Dec 27, 2011 2:08 PM

    aw, the Falcs got their feelings hurt. “We’ll remember it.”

    Right, 45 points is hard to forget. Doesn’t matter what kind of posturing to put to it, Brees will carve you up again.

    As a Niners fan, I’d rather get Rodgers than Brees.

  219. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 2:28 PM

    “orangeflh says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:43 AM
    Dear Falcons (and all other players & coaches),

    This is the NFL. Not everyone gets a trophy or a ribbon. The coach doesn’t take you to Chuckie Cheese after a loss. If your moms choose to bake cupcakes for the entire team, that is up to them as individuals; it isn’t expected.

    All this “classy” garbage has gone too far. This is where the coddling of youth and worries about “self esteem” have landed us. Grown men, whining about “class.”

    Vince Lombardi would have cut or traded the first one of you clowns to whine. Cowardly punks.”

    Vince Lombardi wouldn’t have been throwing the football with 2 minutes left in the football game and a huge lead. Don’t use my head coach out of context to justify record chasing or running up the score against a divisional opponent, as Lombardi would have done neither.

  220. ratedgap says: Dec 27, 2011 2:29 PM

    greenandgoldgirl says:
    Dec 27, 2011 12:36 PM
    ratedgap – I have no problem with you picking Drew Brees – I didn’t say he was bad, he’s just not my personal choice.

    What I was addressing was the fact that the analysts of quarterbacks, specifically /Steve Young, Trent Dilfer, Joe Montana and also Cris Carter and others have said publically that they think Aaron Rodgers is having the best season they have ever seen in the NFL. At first I thought they we just hyping it up but after watching Brees and even Brady this last weekend I can finally see why they would make those statements. Yup, I’m a Packer fan and proud of it, but for me, it was a revelation. I didn’t agree with them until last night, again, thought it was just hype.

    The Saints are a good team and the game they played in Green Bay earlier in the year was one of the best contests I’ve witnessed in a long time. Hope to meet up with them in the playoffs, and hoping for the same result!

    ————————————————-

    Didn’t mean to try and go off on ya, but when you said something like “Brees is just out there throwing rockets,” I take issue with that. Significant issue. The man is completing over 70% of his passes, again. You don’t do that just out there “throwing rockets.” Secondly, you said the record was meaningless because of the rule changes that are geared toward passing, yet accept some former players saying Rodgers is playing the best QB play ever, but it’s under these same rules. So wouldn’t that also make those statements and Rodgers’ play meaningless? When you added picking Rodgers over Brees, then that got my goat a little. My apologies. Just seemed like a contradictory stance to take. The record has huge meaning, just like Rodgers’ unbelievable play this year has meaning. No need to diminish one or the other IMO. We’ll play it out in Green Bay for the Superbowl!!

  221. ratedgap says: Dec 27, 2011 2:35 PM

    On the other hand, this jus4given tool sounds like someone whose feelings are hurt Rodgers didn’t break the record and people are talking about someone other than him. Get over it. Dude is the MVP, we get it. He has had a phenomenal year. Why spew your drivel on a Saints article that has nothing to do with the Packers? That green must stand for envy.

  222. ratedgap says: Dec 27, 2011 2:37 PM

    I mean, people do realize Drew almost broke this record a couple years ago and did not even have a 1000 yard receiver right? It came down to the last pass of the season and he missed Lance Moore on a play that would have broken it. So it’s not like some fluke he would break the record. First QB to pass for over 5000 yards in a season twice I believe. He may not be the last to do it, but he was the first. Deal with it.

  223. johngaltwho says: Dec 27, 2011 2:41 PM

    eknirb says: Dec 27, 2011 2:08 PM

    “As a Niners fan, I’d rather get Rodgers than Brees.”

    Odd choice. Playing against essentially the same teams all year, they have almost overlapping statistics except in one category – interceptions. Brees has thrown more than twice as many as Rodgers. But, pick your poison, I don’t think the 49ers can or will beat either one.

  224. mediasloppy says: Dec 27, 2011 3:03 PM

    I can’t stand the Saints fans and their team, but have no problem with breaking a record. In fact I hope Drew wins MVP instead of Rodgers.

  225. hailvictory44 says: Dec 27, 2011 3:05 PM

    Hey Dirty Birds, here is an idea…play DEFENSE!

    Crybabies!

  226. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 3:32 PM

    Ratedgap – what I care about is the integrity of the game. I could care less how the Falcons players feel. That’s their problem. I could care less about a tainted record – attained by bending the integrity of the game to write your name in the record books.

    I don’t care who the quarterback is – Brady, Brees or Rodgers – records should fall within “normal” circumstances. If you have to do something out of the ordinary, such as throwing the ball with two minutes left in a blow out, as by their own admission this was – then your integrity and the integrity of the game take a pounding. Save it for next week – the record will still be there.

  227. scotch679 says: Dec 27, 2011 3:48 PM

    What complete utter rubbish, give it your all until the last tic of the clock, good going Brees you deserve it, From a Patriots fan.

  228. ricardocabeza says: Dec 27, 2011 4:03 PM

    Running up the score has been commonplace in the NFL for years. Now its in bad taste to do it with an actual reason in mind other than rubbing noses in it. Running up the score is commonplace in high school anymore. I fail to see the issue. Congratulations Drew Brees

  229. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 4:16 PM

    Ratedgap – maybe we should all applaud the baseball players that sit out the last game of the season to preserve a batting title? Doing ANYTHING you ordinarly would not do in the name of chasing a record is not an act of class. The trouble, it has become all the rage.

    I have no problem with Brees at all. I do have a problem with the way this record was set. Take the “W” – that is why you play the game. You shouldn’t have to force the issue to attain a record. Save it for tomorrow. The Saints are fortunate that Brees wasn’t injured by an angry Falcon.

  230. breesforpresident says: Dec 27, 2011 4:35 PM

    Its not like they did it after you went to the locker room!!!!! Make me a list of QB’s who wouldn’t have played the exact same way. Bet it would be a short list. And those talking about *Woulda… shoulda… coulda* have never and will never be in his shoes. Grow up!!!!!!!

  231. gmen1987 says: Dec 27, 2011 5:03 PM

    Football players take vicious hits and blocks and don’t complain about it, then the moment someone goes for a record, they whine about their “feelings” getting hurt.

    Time to grow up and act like men. You got owned last night by the Saints. Bow down to them.

  232. musicman495 says: Dec 27, 2011 5:19 PM

    Complaining about the Saints is a good way to avoid admitting that the rookie wide receiver who cost you 23 draft picks also cost you the game because he cannot hold onto the ball.

  233. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 5:20 PM

    Breesforpresident – I’ll name you one organization that wouldn’t have done it that way -Big Mac, Rodgers and the Packers would have ran the clock out in the same circumstance. Odds are strong that Rodgers would have been pulled after the defensive touchdown.

  234. ratedgap says: Dec 27, 2011 5:22 PM

    just4given- Football is not baseball as we all know. The moment dictated the outcome. At home, on Monday Night Football, against our most hated rival. The scene was set to break the record. Some good points have been made here:

    1. Had the Falcons simply punted the ball instead of turning it over on downs at the 30 something yard line, Drew would have broken the record in the field of play instead of the at the goalline.

    2. Say the Saints sit on the ball after the Falcons did turn it over on downs, and Drew gets injured in practice and can’t play the next week, the talk would be that they were dumb not to go for it when the moment was there to do so. Tomorrow is promised to no one.

    This isn’t Favre laying down for Strahan which bastardized the sack record, this is one professional team going against another with the sole intent of the second team being to stop exactly what happened. They couldn’t. That’s not the fault of the Saints nor does it diminish the record. As pointed out, the Falcons could have done NUMEROUS things for it to not even get to that point. But it did, and in the moment the Saints went for the record. As I said before, if not for an errant pass on the last play of the season a couple years back, Drew would already have the record. Nothing untoward happened in getting the record. The Falcons defense didn’t sit on the field and allow the pass to happen sans defenders.

  235. greenandgoldgirl says: Dec 27, 2011 5:22 PM

    ratedgap – I wasn’t trashing Drew Brees at all. Comparing him to Favre is not an insult given that Favre will be a first ballot hall of famer. Favre threw rockets, didn’t mean to imply that was bad so sorry if I hurt your feelings. Just was making reference to that kind of delivery generally results in more interceptions.

    The rule changes do not apply to how a quarterback throws the ball. The elite QB’s can thread the ball into tight windows and both Rodgers and Brees can do that. What’s different is the touch that Rodgers has compared to Brees hence Rodgers throws fewer interceptions. Also completion percentage doesn’t have anything to do with a yardage record so I guess I don’t get your point on that.

    And on a side note, to the guy who suggested I go back to the kitchen, really? We are discussing football here, keep your sexist comments to yourself!

  236. allprofootballbuzz says: Dec 27, 2011 5:28 PM

    Funny how people don’t criticize Belichick – who does run up score every chance he gets.
    I wasn’t happy about Saints versus Colts at 62-7. THAT was running up the score and I thought at the time Payton was doing it for this record.
    HOWEVER–they did not run up score last night.
    TWO of those scores were special teams and defense. Yeah, I know Sproles didn’t make it into the end zone, but you know what I mean.
    That makes final score 24-16 effectively. Falcons fans should think it through. I’m sure it felt terrible for them. But their defense should have continued to play past the middle of the third quarter.
    Yes, Payton went for a TD when it wasn’t necessary, but even then it would have been 32-16 on offensive TDs–and one of those was a run. So, seriously–lighten up.

  237. arpym says: Dec 27, 2011 5:57 PM

    I think every team should try to score as many points as possible each game. I have no problem with teams going for records. That’s what fans want. It sucks if your team is on the receiving end of it, but make your team better if you don’t like it.

  238. DJ E.F. Cuttin says: Dec 27, 2011 7:11 PM

    People forget that Drew Brees sat out the entire 4th quarter in that 62-7 win. The Saints scored on a Sproles run and a pick 6. Just last week Brees sat out the entire 4th quarter against the Vikings when the game was at hand. Last night was to finally shut up these loudmouth Falcons fans and their media cheerleading section who all but crowned them champs in the pre-season. I understand the whole “integrity” angle, but I understand the “rivalry” angle a little better. Atlanta came into New Orleans still with division title aspirations, so they were a far better caliber team than both the Colts or the Vikings. As a Saints fan and devout Falcons hater, I enjoyed every bit of last night’s thrashing of one of the NFL’s most overrated teams.

  239. dmp5687 says: Dec 27, 2011 8:01 PM

    I get tired of people saying we were classless by beating the Colts 62-7. For one thing, in 2007 the Colts came into NO and embarrassed us 41-10 and I don’t recall Manning sitting out the fourth quarter. And for the people talking about how there was so much more sportsmanship in the “old days,” here are two scores for you from the old days: 1934- Philadelphia 64, Cincinnati (called the Reds back then) 0….and 1940, Chicago 73, Washington 0.

  240. wade58 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:32 PM

    Is this the playground or the NFL. You get paid to perform not complain. I didn’t hear the Saints players complain in 1973 when they were beat by the Falcons 62-7. Grow Up!!!!!

  241. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 9:33 PM

    I don’t really care who the coach is or who the player is. Running up the score is a classless act. What was the score when the record was broken? It was 38-16, right? Did you need the touchdown to secure the win? Any chance the Falcons were going to score three tds in under three minutes?

    Now I heard Brees himself tonight using the excuse that the circumstances allowed for a proper celebration – as opposed to a game that might still be tight next weekend. Proper celebration in my book would be achieving the record with a game on the line – not in garbage time. To each his own I guess – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

  242. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 9:38 PM

    Ratedgap – if Brees couldn’t go next week – he wouldn’t get the record. So what? As has been said a handful out here and I reinforce the thought – Rodgers would have been on the bench midway through the 4th quarter – just like he was Sunday night, and the Raider game and the Bronco game and the Lion game. There was no need at any point with a 22 point lead to be throwing the football. You want to avoid injury – sit his tail on the bench and bring Daniels in.

  243. rockbottom37 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:39 PM

    Not a afn of either team but …the falcons are crybaby’s they cried after the Lions game cuz Suh was too rough on them and on Monday night cried again …if u didnt want Brees to set the record U should have stopped him…bunch of crybabies hope they get blown out in first round of playoffs …seems like Mike Smith is a big crybaby too!

  244. gunbuny155 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:48 PM

    Hey Atlanta, here is a wild concept: YOU gave up so many passing yards to Brees. Feel free to mix in an effective defense or better execution and Brees and Peyton would have changed THEIR playcalling. If not for that generous defense a few yrs ago, you might have actually made it to and won a SB the season you went 13-3 and had home field advantage throughout the playoofs

  245. just4given says: Dec 27, 2011 9:52 PM

    I will agree with all you Saint fans on one thing. If the record had to go down during garbage time – I think that it went down against a quarterback and football team that battles Sanchez and the Jets for being the most over-hyped and over-rated in the NFL.

  246. outlawshark says: Dec 28, 2011 12:17 AM

    I think the reasoning that “All Atlanta had to do was stop it” is stupid (man, that is gonna tick some people off). That is a bully mentality. Just because a team CAN run up the score against an inferior opponent, doesn’t always mean they SHOULD. Isn’t that like kicking a puppy because you can? In this particular case, the Saints had a reason to pass the ball for a prominent NFL record. Heck, I believe they would have gladly taken the yardage without scoring. I’m totally OK with how it played out based upon the importance of the matter. Most other circumstances running up the score, I’m not OK with it.

  247. trucker2020 says: Dec 28, 2011 4:55 AM

    If the Falcons didn’t want Drew to set the record, all they had to do is step up & play some D.The fact is the Saints are much better at every facet of the game than Atlanta & the Falcons are just sore LOSERS.I hope they do meet again in 2 weeks so they can whip ‘em again!

  248. trucker2020 says: Dec 28, 2011 5:03 AM

    In my opinion, when you play a game of football, you want to beat them by as much as possible.If you beat a team by 3 points, the next time they play, the team will think it has a chance.If you beat a team by 40 points, they will feel like it’s a losing battle the next time they meet.

  249. reddogdogred says: Dec 28, 2011 7:44 AM

    I thought that this was professional football played by grown men. crying about the score is very childish and immature. Grow up Falcons

  250. salmen76 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:21 AM

    Well the Saints handed the scrub falcons their heads again. How bout dat scrub falcon fans. now yall are whining again after another butt-whoopin from the Saints! Ha ha. if ya don’t like the Saints scoring and breaking records on you than STOP them. Ha Ha. oh yea, that’s right, the falcons can’t stop them because they don’t have a profesional defense. The falcons scrub defense is high school level at best. Geaux Saints!

  251. tatum064 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:25 AM

    reddogdogred says:
    Dec 28, 2011 7:44 AM
    I thought that this was professional football played by grown men. crying about the score is very childish and immature. Grow up Falcons

    ============

    Now you see why Ndamukong Suh play the way he plays. Thats what you risk when you do things like that….every time the QB goes back you make him not want to throw the ball. If the Falcons have this perspective and knock the living daylights out of him….

    Guess what?

    He EARNS that record. With no pass rush, or late hits (to get him thinking of getting rid of the ball) what the hell did they expect? The Lions knocked out Rodgers, and they won 7-6. They lit the Pats up (although it was pre-season). You put the fear of GOD into that quarterback no matter what.

    Anytime any quarterback runs up a score, throws passes, it should rile a defense to blow him the hell up. If they can’t thats their problem.

    The Falcons QUIT, pure and simple. Hell, grab the guy so he wont even make the catch. These guys just don’t get it.

  252. ratedgap says: Dec 28, 2011 9:27 AM

    greenandgoldgirl says:
    Dec 27, 2011 5:22 PM
    ratedgap – I wasn’t trashing Drew Brees at all. Comparing him to Favre is not an insult given that Favre will be a first ballot hall of famer. Favre threw rockets, didn’t mean to imply that was bad so sorry if I hurt your feelings. Just was making reference to that kind of delivery generally results in more interceptions.

    The rule changes do not apply to how a quarterback throws the ball. The elite QB’s can thread the ball into tight windows and both Rodgers and Brees can do that. What’s different is the touch that Rodgers has compared to Brees hence Rodgers throws fewer interceptions. Also completion percentage doesn’t have anything to do with a yardage record so I guess I don’t get your point on that.

    ————————————————

    greenandgoldgirl, when you talk about touch and how a player throws the ball, that speaks to accuracy. Accuracy is reflected in completion percentage. Drew Brees’ is routinely the highest in the league, and is clearly far and above whatever Favre’s best was. So again, you have contradictory comparisons. If Rodgers has great touch, which he does and it is reflected by his completion %, the same goes for Brees, whom has a higher percentage and is over 70% once again. You don’t get much better touch and accuracy than that. You certainly don’t achieve that # by throwing rockets.

    As far as the INTs, Drew takes some risks. That’s not him throwing rockets, that’s him being at times over confident in not only himself, but in his receivers that they can win every matchup. But even in that, we are talking about what 13 INTs for Drew as compared to 6 for Rodgers, which is insane with the amount of TDs he has thrown, but Drew has attempted 122 more passes. More pass attempts = more chances for picks.

    Also, New Orleans is second to only New England in YAC, which also speaks to accuracy. You don’t get receivers who can run after catch just throwing wild rockets around the yard. That takes touch and leading receivers to open spots. So like I said before, I have no problem at all wit you going with Rodgers. That’s your team. But I believe there was a misconception in how you saw Brees and in how you looked at Brees’ stats and the record as opposed to Rodgers’ great season in relation to the current passing rules and applied them in opposite ways to both. Hope I clarified some of that. And I am sure we will speak again come the NFC champ game. (presumptuous I know). lol

  253. tatum064 says: Dec 28, 2011 9:29 AM

    7to10for6allday says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:19 AM
    We’ll see them again? Get over yourself nameless falcon player. You’re not gonna beat the saints in the playoffs. Get your vacation plans ready.

    ====================

    Thats funny. They said the same thing to the 7-9 Seahawks before Marshawn Lynch RAN ALL OVER THEM up in Seattle.

    “THATS WHY THEY PLAY THE GAME.”

  254. benniebaxter says: Dec 28, 2011 10:31 AM

    If The falcons didn’t want Brees to break the record against them, then they should have stopped him..oh…thats right, they couldn’t!! STOP CRYING AND TAKE YOUR LICK!! who dat say dey gonna beat dem saints…NOT THE FALCONS!!

  255. ratedgap says: Dec 28, 2011 11:00 AM

    7to10for6allday says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:19 AM
    We’ll see them again? Get over yourself nameless falcon player. You’re not gonna beat the saints in the playoffs. Get your vacation plans ready.

    ====================

    Thats funny. They said the same thing to the 7-9 Seahawks before Marshawn Lynch RAN ALL OVER THEM up in Seattle.

    “THATS WHY THEY PLAY THE GAME.”

    ————————————————-

    Actually, they didn’t, because they had their 6th RB of the season go on IR and were signing RBs two days before the game just to have enough for that week, Jimmy Graham got hurt in the final game of the regular season also, as did Malcolm Jenkins. Different scenario. Plus they were on the road as opposed to home, where we all know they are pretty different. Expected to win? Yes. Said the same things? No. What did the Eagles say once they signed their “dream team?”

  256. tatum064 says: Dec 28, 2011 12:29 PM

    Actually, they didn’t, because they had their 6th RB of the season go on IR and were signing RBs two days before the game just to have enough for that week, Jimmy Graham got hurt in the final game of the regular season also, as did Malcolm Jenkins. Different scenario. Plus they were on the road as opposed to home, where we all know they are pretty different. Expected to win? Yes. Said the same things? No. What did the Eagles say once they signed their “dream team?”

    ====================

    Actually, uh no. Beast mode ran all over them – wouldnt have mattered if Malcolm Jenkins was there or not. – its a different team altogether on the road….see Green Bay opener, and that still went down to the wire. If theyre as good as you think…they will advance.

    Stranger things have happened. They lost to the winless St Louis Rams.

    Its amazing how great QBs are if they get knocked around a few dozen times.Ravens-Pats, Jets-Pats, just to name two playoff examples. Brees is facing inferior competition in the NFC South, anyway. But I will agree Graham is the x-factor, particularly in the red zone.

  257. tatum064 says: Dec 28, 2011 12:37 PM

    cwmorga says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:34 AM
    “That’s just who they are,” the Falcons player said. “We’ll see them down the road. We won’t forget any of it.”
    —————-
    We know you won’t forget. The question is, can you do anything about it?

    =================

    Ndamukong Suh could. Theres a karma that always comes back to bite this b.s. “run the score up” crap.

    Bernard Pollard rolling up on Tom Brady’s ankle…

    Suh knocking Aaron Rodgers out of the game

    Believe me…payback is coming…if not this year, next year. No knock on Brees, but when somebody sees a knockout punch, theyre going to take it.

    Then, the “dirty player” card comes out – but thats a risk worth taking…missing the “dirty birds” right about now. Let Brees pull that B.S. on T-Sizzle and the Ravens in the Super Bowl….anybody can be gotten to.

  258. tatum064 says: Dec 28, 2011 12:38 PM

    For the record, good game by Brees , it was an exceptional achievement in a near MVP year – if not for A-Rod and the Pack.

  259. ratedgap says: Dec 28, 2011 1:07 PM

    tatum064 says:
    Dec 28, 2011 12:29 PM
    Actually, they didn’t, because they had their 6th RB of the season go on IR and were signing RBs two days before the game just to have enough for that week, Jimmy Graham got hurt in the final game of the regular season also, as did Malcolm Jenkins. Different scenario. Plus they were on the road as opposed to home, where we all know they are pretty different. Expected to win? Yes. Said the same things? No. What did the Eagles say once they signed their “dream team?”

    ====================

    Actually, uh no. Beast mode ran all over them – wouldnt have mattered if Malcolm Jenkins was there or not. – its a different team altogether on the road….see Green Bay opener, and that still went down to the wire. If theyre as good as you think…they will advance.

    Stranger things have happened. They lost to the winless St Louis Rams.

    Its amazing how great QBs are if they get knocked around a few dozen times.Ravens-Pats, Jets-Pats, just to name two playoff examples. Brees is facing inferior competition in the NFC South, anyway. But I will agree Graham is the x-factor, particularly in the red zone.

    ————————————————-

    Actually, no. Beast mode had one fantastic run that went through every single player on the defense. Matt Hasselbeck threw at Roman Harper to the tune of 3 TDs, which would not have happened had Jenkins played since he can actually, ya know, cover someone, and Harper would have been in his more normal position, close to the line. So yeah, that along with no RBs who were on the team a week before, and Graham going out was a huge difference for the Seahawks to win. Still should have won, but those were big losses.

    Stranger things have happened though. The 13-0 Packers lost to the Chiefs.

    Inferior competition in the NFC South? As opposed to what divison? The Saints blazed the Bears with Forte and Cutler, blazed the Lions, blazed the Giants. Seems the inferior compeition comes from the rest of the NFC. Except the Rams that is.

  260. banjostang says: Dec 28, 2011 2:40 PM

    So when Atlanta beat Jacksonville by 27 points just the week before, that is not running up a score; but when New Orleans beats Atlanta by 29 points it’s a heinous act of unsportsmanlike conduct ?

    I wish you hack writers would stop trying to stir up a non-issue to get some press.

    You would have been all over Coach Smith if Matt was going for the record and stopped him 30 yards short of getting it on MNF game.

    Be more responsible, you are making the Falcons and the city of Atlanta look like a bunch of whiners.

  261. kobra71 says: Dec 28, 2011 3:01 PM

    Another thing the Falcons should think about is this: Lets say the Saints did not go for the record and that Sean Payton pulled his starters when the score was out of reached. What if during the week in practice Brees got injured and couldn’t play in the final week to get the record. You can not predict what is going to happen in the future. As a Dolphin/Marino fan I understood why they went for the record. Although I would of love to see Brees not get it and let Marino have something being he don’t have a super bowl ring. Although he does have a Hall of Fame ring though! Brees don’t have that yet! But I know he will have too.

  262. kobra71 says: Dec 28, 2011 3:07 PM

    If the saints and Falcons meet in the playoffs I hope the Saints do it again to them because of this.

  263. brokenreality13 says: Dec 28, 2011 4:12 PM

    This has to be one of the most ridiculous “arguments” out there. You have a chance to obtain one of the more prestigious single season records, you go for it. The home crowd, the spotlight from being on Monday night, a hated division rival… It was one of the sweeter scenes you’ll see in a nonfictional setting.

    You don’t have to compare Brees to Rodgers and argue who is a better passer… Just enjoy we are watching a golden age of quarterback play in the NFL. I concede that the rules have fostered that along and made it easier to quarterback in the league, but the amount of talent and eye popping plays being made is still unmistakable. I love watching games with huge defenses and running games (I really enjoyed Balt / SF this year), but watching the quarterbacking Rodgers and Brees (and to a lesser extent Brady) have thrown out this year is borderline magical.

  264. gobucs02 says: Dec 28, 2011 4:21 PM

    I think that Sean Payton is an a-hole

  265. staylo67 says: Dec 28, 2011 4:52 PM

    I was watching Mr. Brees closely through this game, and I have to say that I am glad that the Saints got this record thing out of the way. It seems that once Mr. Meachem caught the pass that brought them to around thirty yards from the record that things started to get a little nervy. I also head Drew make the comment later that after that reception by Robert that someone told him he was getting close, and he said he felt thatwas something to paraphrase made him feel uncomfortable like telling a pitcher he was about to throw a no-hitter. I could tell that it affected him. He even tried to call two time outs back to back, which I also believe was directly related to his nerv being affected by the record. Now the record is out of the way and the offense (Drew the recievers and the line all seamed a little tight) can focus on just getting the job done. People talk about him getting caught by Tom Brady, but I don’t think that is possible even if he has a below-average game. All in all Peyton made the right call in my opinion. infact it even seemed to me that he may have changed his mind on it. For a few plays it seemed to bee all ball management, then as the mistakes on offense accumulated, he switched over to passing after getting the ball on about the thirty of Atlanta. It was delivered on a silver platter how could he pass that up? Great job Drew. I have seen the Saints blown out by so much and so often over my lifetime I’m glad to see the shoe in someone elses foot anyway. I am a 44 year-old Saints fan from birth so I know what I am talking about here when I say Let-em have it!!!

  266. clayswife says: Dec 28, 2011 5:07 PM

    crrrryyyyy me a river. this isn’t middle school football. its your own (expletive) fault if you let another team run the score up on you. why not play a little defense?

  267. editorbcpatriot says: Dec 29, 2011 3:45 AM

    Sounds to me as if the Falcons’ coaches or players had money on the spread or total points or something, otherwise good sportsmanship would be to congratulate Drew Brees on being the new record holder and shut up about everything else. This is how records are broken; this is what record keeping is all about.

    Congratulation Mr. Brees on breaking one of the oldest records on the books. You have nothing to be ashamed of. Every single Falcon would have wanted to do the same thing if they were in your shoes.

  268. turbodog1027 says: Dec 29, 2011 7:48 AM

    Every whiner on this board must be a liberal. That’s what the country has come to. There is no political correctness in football.

  269. cleverbob says: Dec 29, 2011 2:16 PM

    turbodog1027 says:
    Dec 29, 2011 7:48 AM

    Every whiner on this board must be a liberal. That’s what the country has come to. There is no political correctness in football.
    =====================================

    Anyone whining about the unfortunate plight of those poor Falcons would actually be more similar to the average conservative – concerned for the well being of a small group of millionaires who don’t reciprocate the sentiment.

  270. breesforpresident says: Dec 29, 2011 3:11 PM

    Here is the problem that I have with thhis “record”. All the chatter about the Saints being the most dangerous team in the NFC and Brees even in the MVP conversation. Let’s see, you scored 62 points against the Colts at home. Running up the score is really a way of life for this team – and no, it isn’t very classy. Not a single credible road win for years – so I can’t wait to see you all marching into Lambeau Field – assuming the Falcons don’t blast you first, which is entirely possible. It’s difficult to beat a team three times in a season when you haven’t pissed them off.

    ===============================================

    Seems like all the Falcons can do is *Be pissed off*.

  271. bcgreg says: Dec 29, 2011 4:10 PM

    Tough!

  272. sevensixtwonato says: Dec 29, 2011 6:22 PM

    I’m not a Saints fan but good for Brees….I would be more upset with myself if I knew a team did let up on me if I was getting my butt kicked. Don’t take your boot off my neck to spare my feelings….If I cant stop you shame on me.

  273. judsonjr says: Dec 29, 2011 6:54 PM

    To be fair the Saints let Brees stat pad win or lose. See: them burning their last time out at the 30 yard line, down 17, with 20 seconds left vs the Rams. They did this after Brees had taken a sack.

  274. ratedgap says: Dec 30, 2011 9:40 AM

    judsonjr says:
    Dec 29, 2011 6:54 PM
    To be fair the Saints let Brees stat pad win or lose. See: them burning their last time out at the 30 yard line, down 17, with 20 seconds left vs the Rams. They did this after Brees had taken a sack.

    ————————————————-

    You’re right. That’s why he didn’t play the 4th quarter against the Colts and was pulled after 4 plays in the 4th against the Vikings, which was just him finishing off a drive that started in the 3rd. And since when is trying to come back padding stats? The internet is a great wonderland where you can make up anything you want though, so I am glad to see you are enjoying its freedoms so liberally.

  275. tatum064 says: Dec 30, 2011 10:03 AM

    johngaltwho says:
    Dec 27, 2011 2:41 PM
    eknirb says: Dec 27, 2011 2:08 PM

    “As a Niners fan, I’d rather get Rodgers than Brees.”

    Odd choice. Playing against essentially the same teams all year, they have almost overlapping statistics except in one category – interceptions. Brees has thrown more than twice as many as Rodgers. But, pick your poison, I don’t think the 49ers can or will beat either one.
    =================
    Nobody thought the Seahawks would beat the Saints (last years playoffs). Or the Chiefs would beat the Packers. (this year at Arrowhead)

    FAIL.

  276. tatum064 says: Dec 30, 2011 10:11 AM

    Actually, no. Beast mode had one fantastic run that went through every single player on the defense. Matt Hasselbeck threw at Roman Harper to the tune of 3 TDs, which would not have happened had Jenkins played since he can actually, ya know, cover someone, and Harper would have been in his more normal position, close to the line. So yeah, that along with no RBs who were on the team a week before, and Graham going out was a huge difference for the Seahawks to win. Still should have won, but those were big losses.

    Stranger things have happened though. The 13-0 Packers lost to the Chiefs.

    Inferior competition in the NFC South? As opposed to what divison? The Saints blazed the Bears with Forte and Cutler, blazed the Lions, blazed the Giants. Seems the inferior compeition comes from the rest of the NFC. Except the Rams that is.

    ==============

    Uh, no. they got their asses kicked up in Seattle, just like they lost to the Rams. You man up, smash the guy in front of you and hit people the entire game – drive Brees into the ground..follow through on the knock down.

    As i said before, payback is coming, it always comes back – and before they go with the take it like a man, sportsmanship crap, realize that when you show somebody up, someones going to take it personal. Then again, this is the Falcons, were talking about, not the Ravens , Steelers or Niners.

  277. ratedgap says: Dec 30, 2011 10:56 AM

    Uh, no. they got their asses kicked up in Seattle, just like they lost to the Rams. You man up, smash the guy in front of you and hit people the entire game – drive Brees into the ground..follow through on the knock down.

    As i said before, payback is coming, it always comes back – and before they go with the take it like a man, sportsmanship crap, realize that when you show somebody up, someones going to take it personal. Then again, this is the Falcons, were talking about, not the Ravens , Steelers or Niners.

    ————————————————-

    Got their asses kicked? Are you delusional? Lost? Yes. Asses kicked? Not even close. Outside that ONE long run for a TD, “beast mode” ran 18 times for 64 yards. OOOOOHHHH ass kicking numbers there. Get real. Hasselbeck over and over targeted Harper and it worked. Actually watch the game instead of looking at stats a year later and making nonsensical comments. They lost by 5 and Hasselbeck threw for four TDs, three against Harper. That’s with playing Deshawn Wynn I believe it was that they signed Wednesday before the game. The Rams actually did kick their asses this year though.

    And when is payback coming? And from whom? The Falcons? Erm, no. The 49ers? Why would they need payback? The Packers? Same thing. They beat the Saints week one. Making less and less sense.

  278. tatum064 says: Dec 31, 2011 11:23 AM

    rior0knowledge says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:03 AM
    That’s the beauty of this situation. There’s a strong chance that “down the road” will be in two weeks, when the Falcons possibly head back to the Superdome in the Wild Card round.

    You still have to figure a way to stop Brees.

    – concuss him. ala Ndamukong Suh. Roll up on his ankle as the Saints did to Brett Favre.

    what is this rocket science? take the fine, but take him down…..

    ==============

    Got their asses kicked? Are you delusional? Lost? Yes. Asses kicked? Not even close. Outside that ONE long run for a TD, “beast mode” ran 18 times for 64 yards. OOOOOHHHH ass kicking numbers there. Get real. Hasselbeck over and over targeted Harper and it worked. Actually watch the game instead of looking at stats a year later and making nonsensical comments. They lost by 5 and Hasselbeck threw for four TDs, three against Harper. That’s with playing Deshawn Wynn I believe it was that they signed Wednesday before the game. The Rams actually did kick their asses this year though.

    And when is payback coming? And from whom? The Falcons? Erm, no. The 49ers? Why would they need payback? The Packers? Same thing. They beat the Saints week one. Making less and less sense.

    =======================

    Let me spell this out. ANYBODY CAN BEAT ANYBODY

    Didnt Kansas City teach you that this season vs. Green Bay

    Stop watching Espn and buying into the hype.
    the object is play defense, not turn the ball over, run and keep Brees off the field, and knock the s$%t out of him enough. The x-factor is Jimmy Graham, that is the one guy that is a mismatch along with Darren Sproles…but how can Brees throw if he is hurried or knocked out of the game?

    What makes sense about knocking the s$%t out of someone. Blitz and hurl your body into the man after he’s thrown it. forget the fines and go all out..you saw what happened to Brady, right – Pollard rolled up on him, you hit a guy enough times, you see how “uncharacteristically” inaccurate he’ll become.

    That is, if you actually played the game of football.

  279. drewsylvania says: Dec 31, 2011 1:01 PM

    “Blitz and hurl your body into the man after he’s thrown it. forget the fines and go all out..”

    Among the bad things the NFL does to “protect its stars”, there is a good thing–if a player deliberately and obviously injured a star QB to take him out of the game, the league would make the player’s life hell.

  280. ratedgap says: Dec 31, 2011 5:05 PM

    Let me spell this out. ANYBODY CAN BEAT ANYBODY

    Who said they couldn’t? Are you even making a point or babbling?

    Didnt Kansas City teach you that this season vs. Green Bay

    Stop watching Espn and buying into the hype.
    the object is play defense, not turn the ball over, run and keep Brees off the field, and knock the s$%t out of him enough. The x-factor is Jimmy Graham, that is the one guy that is a mismatch along with Darren Sproles…but how can Brees throw if he is hurried or knocked out of the game?

    What makes sense about knocking the s$%t out of someone. Blitz and hurl your body into the man after he’s thrown it. forget the fines and go all out..you saw what happened to Brady, right – Pollard rolled up on him, you hit a guy enough times, you see how “uncharacteristically” inaccurate he’ll become.

    That is, if you actually played the game of football.

    —————————————————

    What does “anybody can beat anybody” have to do with the price of tea in China? Absolutely nothing. But after your uninformed points about the Saints and Seattle I can see your best bet is to muddy the waters a bit and hope no one noticed.

    And Green Bay/KC didn’t teach me anything. I’ve always known any team can beat another no matter the odds. I don’t need a game in 2011 to point that out. Did you?

    As far as repeatedly hitting Brees, don’t you think teams have tried that? As well as with Brady? And Rodgers? EVERY team EVERY game tried to knock the hell out of the opposing QB. But thanks for stating the obvious. Hit the QB over and over I am sure has never been tried in the football before. Way to think outside the box Lombardi.

  281. ihateyoujeff says: Dec 31, 2011 5:07 PM

    Happy the Packers got McCarthy instead of Payton as there coach. Football isn’t about records or awards….Football is about winning and nothing you do should stray from that mindset.

  282. tatum064 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:05 PM

    ratedgap says:
    Dec 31, 2011 5:05 PM
    Let me spell this out. ANYBODY CAN BEAT ANYBODY

    Who said they couldn’t? Are you even making a point or babbling?

    Didnt Kansas City teach you that this season vs. Green Bay

    Stop watching Espn and buying into the hype.
    the object is play defense, not turn the ball over, run and keep Brees off the field, and knock the s$%t out of him enough. The x-factor is Jimmy Graham, that is the one guy that is a mismatch along with Darren Sproles…but how can Brees throw if he is hurried or knocked out of the game?

    What makes sense about knocking the s$%t out of someone. Blitz and hurl your body into the man after he’s thrown it. forget the fines and go all out..you saw what happened to Brady, right – Pollard rolled up on him, you hit a guy enough times, you see how “uncharacteristically” inaccurate he’ll become.

    That is, if you actually played the game of football.

    —————————————————

    What does “anybody can beat anybody” have to do with the price of tea in China? Absolutely nothing. But after your uninformed points about the Saints and Seattle I can see your best bet is to muddy the waters a bit and hope no one noticed.

    And Green Bay/KC didn’t teach me anything. I’ve always known any team can beat another no matter the odds. I don’t need a game in 2011 to point that out. Did you?

    As far as repeatedly hitting Brees, don’t you think teams have tried that? As well as with Brady? And Rodgers? EVERY team EVERY game tried to knock the hell out of the opposing QB. But thanks for stating the obvious. Hit the QB over and over I am sure has never been tried in the football before. Way to think outside the box Lombardi.

    =================

    “Way to think outside the box, Lombardi”

    Thanks, The Super Bowl trophy is named after Lombardi, GENIUS

    You still haven’t pointed out my contention that

    A. Payback comes in the form of an injury – which it had to both Brady (who didnt win a SB since) and Rodgers (who went on to win, but lost the game against division rival)

    B. Anybody can beat anybody, which they can, so despite your arm chair antics about the “same thing is going to happen the next time they play” is equally idiotic

    C. bad blood between teams for “score runups” result in pre-game fights, fines, injury and its bad for the game. Its the kind of stuff where people run into kickers, blow up people giving a fair catch and Dunta Robinson is known for goon antics like that – particularly with that jack$%ass Jimmy Graham pulling his act. – His day is coming, too.

    the price of tea in China is 89583.4 British pounds, btw

    OWNAGE

    Congratulations to Drew Brees for a remarkable achievement, it may or not come with a cost , though.

  283. tatum064 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:15 PM

    Whats most interesting about this entire thread, regardless of those for or against “Saints going for the record, or running up the score”

    is this;

    “Does winning really make you a winner?”

    And no “do stupid post make you stupid” replies, either – think about it… Thats the chance you take, if you want to play it that way, fine.

    “Long live sports”

  284. ratedgap says: Jan 1, 2012 1:12 AM

    “OWNAGE?” Now I feel bad for arguing with a 12 year old. My apologies. I fully get now why nothing you have said has been original, relevant, or intellectual. Try to knock out the opposing QB. Anyone can lose on any day. Gotcha. Anything else sparky?

  285. tatum064 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:53 AM

    Gotcha. Anything else sparky?

    ———

    Well, you did learn about the price of tea in China. That’s about as intellectual is you’re going to get.

  286. ratedgap says: Jan 1, 2012 3:02 PM

    Considering I never asked what the price of tea in China was, I stand by the fact that intellectual definitely isn’t forthcoming, and it’s once again been confirmed.

  287. blughst20 says: Jan 2, 2012 12:53 AM

    I have to applaud the Falcon players. Yes, it is tough to have someone run it up one more score and it is hard to take. I did not see any player from the Falcons take a cheap shot at Brees or any other Saints player. They played well until the last play and never showed their displeasure in any way during the game. Hard to do, but showed a lot class.

  288. tatum064 says: Jan 3, 2012 7:08 AM

    blughst20 says:
    Jan 2, 2012 12:53 AM
    I have to applaud the Falcon players. Yes, it is tough to have someone run it up one more score and it is hard to take. I did not see any player from the Falcons take a cheap shot at Brees or any other Saints player. They played well until the last play and never showed their displeasure in any way during the game. Hard to do, but showed a lot class.

    ================

    Accepting getting your a#$ handed to you is never classy. Particularly when they do it just to get a guy a record. It means players have checked out mentally or have no pride whatsoever.

    Detroit played them, talked sm$%k and smacked them back the way a team should. Titus Young even attempting a Lambeau leap, until Packer fan pushed them back.

    Atlanta’s a joke until they start getting guys that swarm to the ball with bad intentions – ala Detroit, Baltimore, Pittsburgh

  289. cowboycjn says: Jan 3, 2012 10:45 AM

    What a bunch of cry babies in Atlanta. Hey guys it’s PROFFESIONAL football, if the other team outscores you by 1 or 30 they win and you lose – what is it you don’t understand about that?

    Not like kiddy baseball games where there is a 10 run rule. My kids couldn’t understand why if they were loosing by 10 points, they stopped the game – maybe thats what the birds need to play. Dirty Birds for Kiddy football and if the opposing team is leading by 2 TD’s the game ends. That way you save face and don’t get embarrased – grow up guys!

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