If you want buy into pregame hype built by media, then yesterday’s contest between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons guaranteed that this was going to be a “revenge” game.
CBSSports.com columnist Pete Prisco got the ball rolling starting last year when he called the Saints “classless” for leaving quarterback Drew Brees in the game against the Falcons on December 26th to break the single season passing record.
Prisco claimed to have talked to several Falcons players after the game who felt disrespected because the Saints had the game well in hand already and didn’t need to run the score up on them to break a record. The Saints ended up winning 45-16.
Close to a week ago, Prisco published another article where he went to the Falcons asking them about the upcoming game against their division rivals. One player told Prisco, pointing to his head, that basically they wouldn’t forget the embarrassment.
Another pot that has been boiling is the insult they felt after they said the Saints “celebrated” on their logo after the Falcons were defeated at home several seasons ago.
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma responded to the claim and said that the defense wasn’t disrespecting the Falcons logo but simply taking a picture on it. He said it was something that they always do after an away game victory and not isolated to just the Falcons.
To add to the fire, the Falcons released a freestyle rap video that circulated all over social media days before the game. The video featured several Falcons players being cocky and confident about the upcoming game.
The video also featured a player hoisting up a #50 jersey which used to belong to their middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. Lofton signed with the Saints during free agency after the Falcons made him an offer that he felt wasn’t enough to keep him.
Lofton took a beating not only from Falcons players but also from fans who felt that the once celebrated linebacker turned his back on the team and was simply chasing the money while going to a division rival.