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Vikings shocking upset sends Saints fan confidence tumbling

Not really surprising.

NFL: NFC Wild Card-Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints were significant seven-point home favorites entering Wild Card weekend when they hosted the Minnesota Vikings. And then, the game started and the Saints got trounced early only for late-game comeback to come up just short in overtime.

Of the two wild card upsets last weekend, it was the Saints 26-20 loss to the Vikings that was most surprising to NFL fans who participated in this week’s SB Nation FanPulse survey.

While the results of that poll were not surprising, neither were the results of the New Orleans Saints fan confidence poll after another early postseason exit. Fan confidence dropped a whopping 60%, the second-lowest point it’s been all year long, with the only lower vote of confidence from the fans coming after Drew Brees’s week 2 thumb injury against the Los Angeles Rams.

Hopefully the offseason will produce a similar bounce-back in fan confidence like what happened for the Saints in Week 3 and beyond this past season, but it will take a flurry of offseason moves - including answering the quarterback question since Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, and Taysom Hill are all without a contract for the 2020 season - to help re-build the confidence in the Who Dat Nation.