Saints "What If Wednesday": What if there was no Minneapolis Miracle?

The Minneapolis Miracle
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In this universe, the 2019 Saints have a first-round bye, so there's no second crushing defeat to the Vikings (or first in this case) thanks to Kirk Cousins and Kyle Rudolph, and we finally get a Drew Brees vs. Aaron Rodgers playoff matchup, which the still piping-hot Saints wind handily. They then defeat the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC title, and get back to the Super Bowl to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Unfortunately for the Saints, Mahomes magic still reigns supreme, and the Saints fall to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. The next year, Brady magic also still reigns supreme with the Bucs, especially now that he has added motivation and revenge on his mind for Super Bowl LIll.

So in summary, in present times things are basically the same for the 2023 New Orleans Saints had the Minneapolis Miracle not occurred. However, they would have a second championship in 2018 by winning Super Bowl LIll, and get to another Super Bowl in 2019. The legacies of Brees and Payton are just a little sweeter, and who knows, maybe the coach doesn't decide to quit, sorry "briefly retire" when Brees calls it a career, but that's a discussion for another day.

Feel free to let us know which multiverse we should explore in the coming weeks, in a future edition of "What If Wednesday".