It was not a good night to be a fan of the New Orleans Saints.
The team lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round of the playoffs in what was likely the final game of Drew Brees’s hall of fame career. After beating the Buccaneers twice in the regular season, losing three key players and turning the ball over four different times, ended up dooming the Saints early in the second half.
It’s always tough to say good-bye, and if this is truly the end of Drew Brees’s 15 year career as the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, it’s been a heck of a ride.
Here are some of the best social media reactions after the game:
Was a great run folks. Crazy but fun 15 years— Ryan (@datboywolf) January 18, 2021
Year 2 in da books!! Stay tuned for year 3— Deonte Harris (@tayynation1) January 18, 2021
Today's game was the 11th game of the Sean Payton era, playoffs or regular season, where the Saints finished with a -4 turnover margin.— Luke Johnson (@ByLukeJohnson) January 18, 2021
Me still showing up next year just to get my heart broken again ⚜️ pic.twitter.com/CZG5HQ1Szw— erin (@erinh1110) January 18, 2021
Drew Brees asked directly if this was his last game: "I'll answer this question one time, and that is that I'm going to give myself an opportunity to think about the season, think about a lot of things -- just like I did last year -- and make a decision."— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) January 18, 2021
Now we wait.#Saints
Drew Brees: "No complaints. No regrets. I've always tried to play this game with a great respect and a great reverence for it. I appreciate all that this game has given to me." Says he will take time to consider his future and then make a decision.— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) January 18, 2021
Who Dat forever.— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) January 18, 2021
National media got the Brady v Rodgers matchup they wanted. I promise you I will see exactly no seconds of that game.— John Butler (@Saintjohnbutler) January 18, 2021
I grew up with Drew Brees at the quarterback of the Saints. He is what inspired me to write about the team. It was an absolute privilege to cover him all these years.— Kade Kistner (@KadeKistner) January 18, 2021
My heart hurts for Drew. He didn’t deserve to go out like this.— ⚜️Saint Steph (@Nucgirl75) January 18, 2021
Not surprising to hear the Saints are an unfortunate first on this list, but shows how rare these last 4 years have been for them: First team ever to win 49 regular-season games in 4-year span without reaching the Super Bowl once, per the Elias Sports Bureau.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) January 18, 2021
As I sit here crying on my porch.— Maddy Hudak (@MaddyHudak_94) January 18, 2021
If this was it, @drewbrees, thank you for everything. What a privilege it was.
Good times. Bad times. Super Bowl win. Heartbreaking losses. Through it all it had been a fun, yet stressful, ride.— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) January 18, 2021
This isn’t how any of us wanted it to end, but thank you for everything you’ve done. https://t.co/8nqWLGcaCT
• 20 seasons— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 18, 2021
• 13x Pro Bowl
• 2x offensive player of the year
• Super Bowl Champ
• Super Bowl MVP
• 2nd all-time in pass TDs
• 1st all-time in completions
If this is it for Drew Brees, it's been an amazing career pic.twitter.com/34oPYHc4WQ
Thank you to everyone who stuck with us this year.— Canal St. Chronicles (@SaintsCSC) January 18, 2021
Time to move forward and start planning for the 2021 season.
Let’s just be thankful the ride lasted as long as it did.
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