Saints Season Far From Over

Chris Graythen

Even after the Saints dreadful loss to the 49ers on Sunday, their season most certainly isn't over.

The common approach for a fan is to completely lose hope after his or her team loses an important game so late in the season. To some Saints fans, the loss of hope has been debatable.

Seeing Drew throw two interceptions returned for touchdowns Sunday afternoon was definitely a cause for concern. As was a poor rushing effort by the Black & Gold's plethora of running backs (61 yards between Ivory and Ingram). But you have to remember, the Saints played the 49ers, who just so happen to have the 2nd ranked defense, led by Aldon Smith, who has an average that equates to just over one sack in every NFL game that he has played. That's just insane.

It's not unusual for the 49ers to completely out physical a team. They average 163.4 yards per game on the ground (the best in the league), and allow about 91 rushing yards per game on defense (the fourth best). That's just their style of football. Yes, the Saints were beating them 14-7 and were on the verge of adding more to that lead, which was taking the 49ers away from their style of play. But the Saints gift-wrapped 14 points and gave it right to them. Next thing you know, Frank Gore is icing the game by running out the clock. That's what the 49ers like to do. The Saints completely shot themselves in the foot.

Meanwhile, the Saints caught a huge break in the playoff race. Every team that was ahead of them for a Wild Card spot - the Seahawks, Vikings, and Buccaneers - lost this past week as well. This has allowed the Saints to stay only one game back from the 6th seed and well in playoff contention as they enter the final weeks.

Don't forget that the Saints won five out of their past six games previous to this one. They are more than capable of going on another winning streak to end the season. Not to mention that the Saints don't play an opponent in the regular season that will be as tough of a test as the 49ers. When they make the playoffs, that will be a different story.

Let's not also forget that we have begun Falcons Hate Week Part Deux. This is a time for Who Dat Nation to relax, as the Saints own the Falcons winning 11 out of the past 13 and four in a row.

So just sit back and pump the brakes, Saints fans. This season is far from over.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Canal Street Chronicles

You must be a member of Canal Street Chronicles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canal Street Chronicles. You should read them.

Join Canal Street Chronicles

You must be a member of Canal Street Chronicles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canal Street Chronicles. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker