After going down by 17 points against the St. Louis Rams to start the contest, the New Orleans Saints saw their valiant comeback effort fall short as the Rams pulled off the 27-16 upset. It's one thing to lose in a competitive contest; it's another to get your collective butts kicked with physical play.
This game was first and foremost lost in the trenches where the Rams piled up four sacks (along with seven quarterback hits) of Saints QB Drew Brees. In addition, the Saints gave up 144 yards rushing on defense, while committing a slew of penalties—many of the self-inflicted variety.
This poor showing follows the Saints' best effort of the season, which was a 31-13 destruction of the Carolina Panthers. The same Panthers squad the Saints will now face for the No. 1 slot in the NFC South (No. 2 seed in the NFC)...but this time on the road.
The Saints are not remotely the same team on the road as they are at home and must now face those demons in what will be dubbed "the biggest game of the season, again."
But for now, the Saints must pick up the pieces and figure out how to combat slow starts on offense, as well as lackluster defensive performances against physical teams.
Here are my takeaways from the game.