Losing blows, and for a good majority of the history of the New Orleans Saints' existence, Who Dats have been party to that woe, err, weaux. USA Today's For the Win column's Steven Ruiz published a look at each NFL team's single most devastating loss. All but one are playoff losses (DeSean Jackson's walk-off punt return against the New York Giants), and Ruiz's selection for the Saints most devastating loss is a painful one.
On the heels of their 13-3 2011-2012 season, which saw the Saints sweep division rival Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons and convincingly beat the Detroit Lions in the first round of the playoffs, they ultimately fell to the San Francisco 49ers in the waning seconds of the 4th on a TD pass from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis.
Was this the most devastating loss in Saints history? Given the potential for this squad that year (Drew Brees' clear cut best as a Saint), it's hard to find a better (read, worse) example. In my view, runner-up worst franchise losses include the 1991 Wild Card game against the Atlanta Falcons, 2003 Saints @ Jacksonville Jaguars (aka the "River City Relay") - missed out on the playoffs and, man, NNNOOOOOO, and the 2011 Saints loss to the @ 7-9 division champion Seattle Seahawks (aka Marshawn Lynch's "Beast Quake").
For what it's worth, the Saints made another appearance in Ruiz's article, this time on the winning end playing spoiler to Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
What do you think, Saints fans? What was the most devastating loss in franchise history?