The dream scenario for New Orleans Saints this season would have been to become the first team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium with the big game taking place Feb. 3 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The dream instead will become a nightmare for many longtime, die-hard Who Dats with one historical Saints rival guaranteed a spot in the Super Bowl as the Atlanta Falcons will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC championship game.
Many fans already feel like the league has a vendetta against the Saints with the bounty scandal. Having NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hand the Lombardi Trophy to Falcons Owner Arthur Blank in the Superdome may be the ultimate depressing moment for Saints players and fans.
Saints defensive end Will Smith may have expressed the sentiment of most Saints players and fans Sunday night via Twitter: "Anybody but Atlanta... #WHODAT."
Saints quarterback Drew Brees said Monday afternoon he can "for sure" understand where Smith and Saints fans are coming from with the thought of their most bitter rival winning the Super Bowl in their in back yard. Brees said he doesn't necessarily share the same feelings as those begging and pleading for the Falcons to fall flat in the NFC championship game at the Georgia Dome.
Drew Brees understands why New Orleans Saints fans want no part of a Falcons' Super Bowl
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Jan 15