Let's face it, New Orleans Saints fans, the Saints got a taste of their own medicine. The St. Louis Rams did to them exactly what the Saints did to the Carolina Panthers last week. They dominated in all phases of the game, and took the Panthers' soul early in the contest and never relinquished it.
The results were damning as the Saints played another lackluster road game, getting ran out the gym by a score of 27-16. The Saints were punched in the mouth early and played the rest of the game in zombie mode.
For the Saints to truly have a shot at winning the Lombardi Trophy they must have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Since they missed out on the Super Bowl actually being in New Orleans, last season, the task of procuring the elusive trophy has become that much more difficult.
And this particular loss becomes even more critical when you factor in the Saints must now travel to Carolina with the No. 2 seed in the NFC at stake. Here's hoping the Saints find the previous magic they displayed in the first meeting, rather than the voodoo that was placed on them in St. Louis.
The Saints have a few positives to hang their hats on. Conversely, there are many areas where they should hang their heads.
Let's see what stood out in defeat. Here are the complete roster grades from Week 15.
Note: Players are graded on the standard scale. Higher grades are given for splash plays (TDs, INTs, sacks, etc) and proper technique. Conversely, lower grades are given for turnovers and improper technique.