Drew Brees “never will” forget the ending of the 2018 NFC Championship

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The Saints and Rams square off on Sunday, for the first time since one of the most controversial playoff games in league history — an outcome so significant that it prompted a major change in the rules.

The non-call of defensive pass interference against the Rams still resonates as the rematch looms. On Wednesday, Saints quarterback Drew Brees was asked how long it will take him to forget the non-call and the loss it caused.

“Still haven’t, never will,” Brees told reporters. “But when you say ‘forgotten about,’ you have to find a way to compartmentalize it to the point where you can move on in a positive way. I found a way to do that, but as far as just the events, you live and learn and sometimes things don’t go your way and you’ve got to find a way to come out better on the other side.”

In a visit last month with the #PFTPM podcast, Brees offered up an idea for getting over it.

“Go win it all,” he said with a laugh. “That’s the only way you get over something like that. That’ll always sting. More so just because you know that that team will never exist anymore. You lose a guy like Mark Ingram, Max Unger retires, you lose a few others. That team, even though you have a lot of the same guys on this year’s team, will no longer exist. You wanted it so bad for that team. We felt we had worked so hard to get to that point. We had earned that right. But it didn’t happen.”

The fact that it didn’t happen then against the Rams doesn’t matter to whether it happens now, however.

“I don’t look at it like we’ve got all this added fuel to the fire,” Brees told reporters on Wednesday. “There’s already fuel to the fire. We’re just going to go out there and play our game and let the chips fall where they may.”

The chips fell in a very bad way for the Saints last year, but the only relevance this game has to the NFC Championship is that the winner on Sunday will have a better chance of hosting the next one.

51 responses to “Drew Brees “never will” forget the ending of the 2018 NFC Championship

  1. Somebody thought he would forget about that? So someday there might be a conversation like this?

    “Hey Drew, remember that NFC championship game where you lost because of an obviously blown call?”

    “Uhhh…no. Are you sure? Guess I forgot about that one.”

  2. We were 2 plays away from a Saints vs. Chiefs Superbowl. Would have been so epic. Instead we got the biggest dud in the history of professional sports.

  3. You mean throwing when you shoulda just handed the ball off?
    You mean throwing that pick in overtime?

    In the other conference, Brady drove the field and won the game.

  4. And some football fans will never forget how you guys cheapshoted your way to the Super Bowl in ’09. So get over it already! So give us a break from all the saints whining.

  5. I actually like Brees, but let it go man! That blown call did NOT lose you the game. You had a chance to win the game AFTER that play and blew it with an Int. Karma lost that game from all their arrogance to Philly from the 2017 season when we won our ring.

  6. ““Still haven’t, never will,””

    If you’re living in the past its harder to focus on the present to win this year’s games.

  7. We all have had times when things didn’t go our way or we got an unfair break. After a while you have to act like a grownup and stop whining about it. Life is not fair. Move on.

  8. Also hit Brees in the head. That one. Still waiting to. Hear how the alleged cheap shots in 09 caused Peterson to fumble 4 times and the coach to put 12 men in the huddle. And of curse Favre’s int. I

  9. I expect a lot of thumbs down from Saints fans, but here’s the harsh reality, there is a laundry list of NFCCG losers who held onto their loss and attempted to use that as motivation to win the next season and IT NEVER WORKS. no matter how you want to rationalize, just look at history. as you’ll also see a list of Super Bowl champions who never look back at the previous year with a full and complete understanding this is a new year and to only look forward.

  10. I’ll remember the 2018 NFC Championship game as the Immaculate Tantrum.

    Whine your way to the top era has begun

  11. You’re right about the fumbles & the 12 men in a huddle but if the penalties had been called those things might not have happened. The game might not have been close. The reality is that the fouls were so egregious that the head coach & d coordinator were suspended.

  12. OMG…will they ever let it be over with. Incessant whining, crying, fans suing. What a bunch of entitled crybabies. Saints/Saints fans shut up and move on. Same with the media.

  13. The pick he threw to end the game ?

    Or the bad PI that would have been picked if the DB turned instead of running into the WR

    Yes that was a bad pass too

  14. Here’s a fun stat …

    Percentage of games played in dome/retractable roof:
    Brees: 52.7%
    Manning: 48.9%
    Brady: 8.2%

    Another reason why Brady’s the GOAT

  15. Read the article, people… He wasn’t “whining” about anything… He was merely answering a question, which I’m sure he’s sick of hearing, as well…

  16. I wonder if most people here actually read the entire post. He’s not whining. He was asked about it. He didn’t bring it up. What’s he supposed to do? Refuse to answer?

  17. Flash1287 says: “Here’s a fun stat… Percentage of games played in dome/retractable roof:”
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    Brady may be the GOAT, but your “stat” is COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS, because I’m pretty sure the quarterbacks on the other teams were also playing in the dome in those games against Brees or Manning too.

    Brady is the GOAT because of the wins, not some gaudy passing stat. When both teams are playing in the same perfect dome conditions or horrible outdoor weather, there’s no advantage for either. You still need to beat the other team.

  18. Apparently the majority of you cannot read, he was asked the question about the situation. He didn’t start crying or whining about it as most of you appear to believe. Go get yourselves some reading glasses or a brain.

  19. Flash1287 says:
    September 12, 2019 at 1:40 pm
    Here’s a fun stat …

    Percentage of games played in dome/retractable roof:
    Brees: 52.7%
    Manning: 48.9%
    Brady: 8.2%

    Another reason why Brady’s the GOAT

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    you might not like it, but he has a valid point here

  20. ameybell says:
    September 12, 2019 at 1:59 pm
    Read the article, people… He wasn’t “whining” about anything… He was merely answering a question, which I’m sure he’s sick of hearing, as well…

    Nope not here. They only read and react to the headline

  21. I wonder if the Saints and their fans remember the blown calls when they won the SB? Bet not and of course they comment on here for proof. Bad calls happen every game. A terrible holding call in Redskins-Eagles cost me money cause Eagles didnt cover. Maybe I should file a lawsuit too?

  22. Not sure why many Brady fans (and I am one) sees any article that mentions Drew Brees as some sort of threat, but such is America in 2019.

    I’ve seen several comments about this “playing in Domes” argument and to me it’s ridiculous or never considers that when Brees is playing in a Dome, so is the QB he is opposing in that game, be it Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton or Tom Brady. So in the end, what does it mean?? Is the implication that playing in a Dome makes Brees’ stats and holding of most every major passing record moot?

    Why can’t we just agree that both Brees and Brady are two of the greatest of all time. Why bash?? I mean you don’t hear me mentioning that for the past 12 years the Pats and Brady have played in the weakest division in football and are guaranteed 5-6 wins when the schedule comes out. Does that make TB12 not worthy?

  23. Neither will all the non saints fans who’ve had to endure with their constant whining and crying. If the saints were championship material it wouldn’t have come down to a bad call

  24. It’s understandable. If I had failed to score a TD late that would have put the game away, then threw an INT in overtime, and my team’s defense let the other team score twice after that botched call, I’d find it unforgettable too.

  25. Brady may be the GOAT, but your “stat” is COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS, because I’m pretty sure the quarterbacks on the other teams were also playing in the dome in those games against Brees or Manning too.


    It has NOTHING to do with who they played it’s how many games they have played in a dome.

    For example Brady has played 14 career games in a dome

  26. All the whining seems to be coming from Pats and Vikings fans, not any Saints fans on here whining. It’s so funny to hear the Vikings fans telling us to get over it when they are still whining about ’09….got my chuckles for the day….It’s all fixed anyways…lol

  27. The Saints were ROBBED BLIND, but what is worse is that the NFL could have fixed things, but let BIG MONEY dictate how they handled the travesty. Shame, shame, shame.

  28. The Viking fans only bring it up when the saints fans start whining. We have never had any body talking about sueing or taking out bill boards over missed calls or elected officials ranting & raving about the outcome of a football game. So no fan base or group of players have ever whined like this group.

  29. The Viking fans only bring it up when the saints fans start whining. We have never had any body talking about sueing or taking out bill boards over missed calls or elected officials ranting & raving about the outcome of a football game. So no fan base or group of players have ever whined like this group. For the record Brees is great but TB12 along with BB are just unbelievable.

  30. I swear you people are the reason the world is so messed.. the man gave an honest answer & yall up in here with this BS & that BS. I played sports in high school & college & still remember the losses by one point in a title game, yeah they stick with you. But so do the good ones too. Maybe yall just are non athletes that haven’t played in championship matches before 🤷‍♂️

  31. The Viking fans only bring it up when the saints fans start whining. We have never had any body talking about sueing or taking out bill boards over missed calls or elected officials ranting & raving about the outcome of a football game.

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    Not sure where you are but I’ve lived in the Twin Cities for 12 years. They whined about it here a lot more than you’re alleging…

  32. Why is that because they blew a 13 pt lead ? Or because he was intercepted on the first drive of O.T. and RAMS won despite horrible calls vs them all game? Rams had more rush yds , more pass yds despite the refs . Bottom line better team won.

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