New Orleans shuns the Super Bowl

AP

Saints fans believe they should have been playing in the Super Bowl. As a result, Saints fans shunned the Super Bowl.

According to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Super Bowl LIII earned a 26.1 rating in New Orleans. That was the lowest rating for any American market. It also was the lowest Super Bowl rating ever for New Orleans.

In contract, last year’s Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl racked up a 53 rating in New Orleans, more than twice the 2019 number.

Meanwhile, thousands of Saints fans showed up for a combined party and protest, dubbed the “Blackout and Gold Second-Line Parade.”

More than two weeks after the NFC Championship, Saints fans continue to be upset by a missed call on an early hit by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman on Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis. If the officials had called either pass interference or illegal hit on a defenseless receiver (or both), the Saints would have been in position to consume most of the clock before kicking a go-ahead field goal.

Instead, the Saints kicked a field goal with nearly 1:50 remaining, giving the Rams enough time to get in position for a game-tying three-pointer. The Rams went on to win the game in overtime.

Compounding Saints’ fans frustrations regarding the bad call was the fact that the league stubbornly refused to acknowledge the error.

61 responses to “New Orleans shuns the Super Bowl

  1. Sean Payton mismanaged the game. He gifted the Rams the time needed to make something happen by not burning the clock, the Rams timeouts, and giving them the ball back with a 3 point lead, less than a minute to play, and no timeouts.

    When you incite chaos into your living room don’t be upset when it walks in and puts its muddy shoes on your couch.

  2. Every conference championship game loser has the lowest ratings for the SB… and guess what, the way Drew Brees has been playing the past couple months, the Patriots would still have won the Super Bowl…

  3. I feel for the Saints having been victimized by the first-and-only bad call in the history of professional football.

  4. The Saints’ fans weren’t the only ones who shunned the SB. The ratings were terrible, with not even 50 % of LA households tuning in. There has been a steady decline in ratings, since 2015. It would have behooved ole Rog, to at least partially replayed the Saints and Rams game. It was obvious, with all his pushing to get the NFL into the LA market, that it has backfired on him….

  5. Maybe everyone in New Orleans should have been watching Disney’s “Frozen” instead. There’s a really good song in that movie called “Let It Go”.

  6. People saying the result would be different if the Saints played did not watch closely. Saints and Rams were an even match in the NFC championship. I believe Pats – Saints would also have been a defensive battle.

  7. I didn’t watch the super bowl. I didn’t care for either team. Didn’t care who won or lost. The Refs and the NFL got the game they wanted.

  8. I will never complain about a non-call in sports. Are they going to give the Rams a TD off the missed facemask or is it just the one call you want? Grow up and be an adult for once in your life. If being jobbed out of a football victory is the worse thing in your life you have it pretty good.

  9. Sorry…..the Saints lost because:
    1. Payton’s bad clock management.
    2. Allen’s defense couldn’t stop the Rams in the final 2 minutes
    3. Brees throws a pick in OT.

    But keep milking the “refs screwed us” routine.

  10. “Saints would’ve scored more than 3 points. I’m certain of that.”

    Possibly but the Pats beat the Saints the last 3 times they played them I believe. And the Saints D would have been like swiss cheese for the Pats offense whereas the Rams was pretty damn good. Pats most likely still would have won

    And as to New Orleans, I don’t think anyone expected a big viewing audience in that market

  11. “Most boring Super Bowl ever.”

    You must be from the fantasy football crowd that equates scoring with good. Personally I find sacks, INTs, getting the other team off the field on 3rd down etc exciting plays too.

    And this game was not really put away until the Rams missed the FG late in the 4th quarter.

    You know what I think is a boring SB? The one the Donks lost 45-8 or whatever it was a few years ago. Game was over by the end of the 1st quarter.

  12. While I wanted the Saints to beat the Rams, they lost, fair and square. It wasn’t that one blown call, they were being out played after the first quarter.
    I think the Saints would have been a good matchup for the Pats.

    Maybe next year …

  13. Everybody speculates about Brady being at the end of the line, well Drew Brees is there. They would have scored a goose egg.

  14. No fan base on the planet like the Who Dat Nation…New Orleans is not doubt, the coolest football town around. We don’t watch fake super bowls down here.

  15. So helmet to helmet potential concussion should have been called on a receiver but NOT a potentially-neck or head whiplash facemask on the most pivotal player on the team, the QB? It all evened out IMO.

  16. I feel for the Saints having been victimized by the first-and-only bad call in the history of professional football.

    Set up by a desperation pass and a pick by Brees…But he shares no fault right?

  17. Ahh Rams fans. They’ve been fans of the NFL for about 3 weeks now and know what football is and how it’s supposed to be played. The NFL gifted L.A. a berth in the big game to help sell PSLs that cost more than most people’s homes and they wet the bed. Next year, when Jared Goff continues his slide back into mediocrity and they are back at 8-8, we’ll see how many ‘fans’ continue to go to the games.

  18. The league has been trying so hard to make LA a thing. Pushing them through to the super bowl, letting them wear whatever uniforms they want when the league has always been anal about uniforms. Glad the ratings stunk, the nfl got too obvious with their influence on games and it back fired.

  19. Poor Saints Fans. Now you know how the Vikings felt when you cheap shotted Favre all game to steal that one. It’s called the “Bounty Gate Curse”!!Enjoy it!!

  20. What’s funny is I could see this trend continuing until they make it back. NFL really made a mockery of *SB LIIIE

  21. The Saints’ defense isn’t nearly as good as the Rams. The final score of a NE/NO Super Bowl would’ve been 31-10 Pats.

  22. ” letting them wear whatever uniforms they want when the league has always been anal about uniforms”
    ________________

    This deserves more attention because no way would anybody else have gotten away with dusting off what amounts to throwback uniforms on like 2 weeks notice for the Super Bowl.

  23. Had the Saints played in the game, there would have been better offense on both sides. It would have had a final score of something like 28-24.

  24. How would the game had been different had the refs flagged the missed facemask on the previous drive? Or are we only lobbying to correct some of the missed calls?

  25. And Steelers should have beaten the Saints giving htem a playoff berth and Saints wouldnt get homefield.

  26. burtmustin says:
    February 4, 2019 at 1:21 pm
    Had the Saints played in the game, there would have been better offense on both sides. It would have had a final score of something like 28-24.

    ************************************

    The only way the Saints would have kept the SB close is if they had the Rams defense play for them. Pats would have tore up that Saints D.

  27. kamthechancellor says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:53 am
    Saints would’ve scored more than 3 points. I’m certain of that.

    ———-

    And they still would have given up more points than they scored

  28. The Who Dat Nation is, by far, the most passionate fan base in the NFL. An ENTIRE CITY boycotted, threw parades and second lines, the biggest sporting event in the country.

    Pats beat an artificial NFC champion…Rams and their 846 ‘fans’ didn’t deserve to be there…it showed.

  29. artvan15 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 12:08 pm
    Didn’t miss anything. Rams truly showed they did not belong in the game!

    ————-

    Actually half of the Rams proved they did belong there… The offense on the other hand, not so much.

  30. mykl954 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    So helmet to helmet potential concussion should have been called on a receiver but NOT a potentially-neck or head whiplash facemask on the most pivotal player on the team, the QB? It all evened out IMO.
    ————-

    You’re kidding right? head whiplash huh? You’re going with that?

  31. The most boring SB game I have ever seen! Commercials were bad/boring,halftime was meh. Just was not a well played for either team. I’m sure a lot of people just did something else since it was still 3-3 at the end of 3rd quarter. Oh well.

  32. New Orleans has more charm, culture, creativity and soul in it’s lil pinky than all 31 other NFL cities combined. New Orleans doesn’t expect you to understand and she doesn’t care whether you do or not…NOLA PROUD!

  33. “Saints would have done better.”

    Pfft. The Patriots were ready for anyone yesterday.

    The Saints couldn’t close out the Rams with a 13-0 lead, with the ball in their hands with less than two minutes on the clock, with a lead with less than 1:15 on the clock, and with the ball first in overtime.

    That’s NOT a team that deserves to be in the Super Bowl.

  34. Super Bowl was the AFC Championship. Saints got hosed by the refs but neither NFC team is beating KC or NE on a nuetral field.

    But 3rd place is admirable NO.

  35. @jbaxt Doesn’t that say something about the quality of talent in the NFL if one whole conference looks inferior? That’s how you end up looking like the NBA.

    @kevpft So instead, we had to watch a 24 year old QB flop around like a fish for 60 mins? The SB was bad because a bad team showed up to the SB. If the Saints didn’t deserve it, then the Rams didn’t either. Should have had the Pats play the NFC Pro Bowl team. Maybe they score 9.

  36. Lol whine that saints fans don’t get over it. Saints fans throw a huge party and don’t worry about super bowl. Same people whine. Don’t worry, we’re over it. Nfl got what they wanted, as did 12 rams fans, 39 falcon fans, and viking fans who alternate between whining about a late hit 9 years ago and telling us to get over something that happened 2 weeks ago lol. Relax haters…

  37. Dude, his facemask was grazed with an open hand.

    mykl954 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    So helmet to helmet potential concussion should have been called on a receiver but NOT a potentially-neck or head whiplash facemask on the most pivotal player on the team, the QB? It all evened out IMO.

  38. Payton and Brees (Saints) are one of the few teams to ever blow out the Pats so bad that they sat Brady in the third quarter. See the 2009 game. Since then, Bill has always been super careful to prepare for the Saints.

    It would have been a much better game.

  39. You can thank Goodell for the Lowest Rated Fixed SuperBowl.

    Patriots earned the Right to be there and Rams, with help of Refs, cheated there way.

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