On the first play of this record-breaking drive -- the Falcons blitzed. I have not heard or read one person point out this aggressive defensive approach by the Falcons. Should the Falcons have thrown in the white towel and not blitzed?? NO they were still playing to reach their goals -- playing to get the ball back so they could score.
So why should the Saints not be allowed to counter this aggressive approach by the Falcons. The Falcons blitzing on 1st down of this drive is huge when one takes in "all the facts of the situation". Suppose the blitz worked and Brees was blind-sided (possibly hurt) would the Falcons receive abuse --- I expect not.
The fact the Falcons blitzed gave the Saints the license to be as aggressive on offense as the Falcons were on defense!!!!!! BUT, of course, no one wants to consider this because it does not fit the narrative some choose to pursue!!