Two things I'm NOT going to do; 1) I'm not going to talk about the great season and the improvement of this team or the bright future it has, Anyone who is enough of a fan to be on this site already knows the obvious. 2) I'm not going to nitpick the Seattle game. It was disgustingly painful to watch and we all know it. But it was exactly what I feared it might be.
Several weeks back, I posted a breakdown of the last 6 games of the season. In it I said, " No matter how bad the Seahawks may be, we do NOT want to have to go there needing a win to get to the playoffs." Or something to that effect. I knew the game would be too big for a young, undermanned team. Forget the fact that we could have easily won the game with just a hint of offensive creativity or stability. I knew we would we find some way to drop this game. And, as ugly as it was, I'm not that disappointed,really. Because, despite that "Any given Sunday" mentallity that seems to prevail this time of year, there was NO WAY, read it again, NO WAY that the Saints were losing to the Rams, I don't care where they played the game. And it wouldn't have been pretty at all. Just like the Saints/Seahawks gane isn't going to be pretty. And if anyone is giving Seatlle a rat's ass of a chance to beat the Saints, they just have not been paying attention. And if the Seahawks think that 12th man bullshit is going to make a difference against a Super Bowl champ like the Saints, they better think again. One TD and a few FGs ain't gonna cut it. Saints 35-Seahawks 10.
BUT...had the Rams managed the win and made the playoffs, I would have likely found myself starting to buy into that "Any given Sunday" crap myself. I would have built the game up in my mind all week and, by Saturday, I would have been believing that somehow, by some grand miracle of epic proportion, the Rams would have a chance to knock off the reigning SB champs!!! All hail the mighty Sam and his rag-tag band of misfits as they move on to upset the Bears on their way to , dare I think it, the Super Bowl.
Saints 35 Rams 3.
Damn, I'm glad I don't have to go through all that. Lets face it; The Rams are who we thought they were...a young, upcoming team moving (finally) in the right direction. Sunday's game was too big for them. It was way too big for Sam but he got to see how it works. He'll be all the more ready for the big stage when he hits it next year. It was too big for almost everyone except SJax and we'll never know about him because Spags decided we didn't need him. ( Wait...I'm nitpicking now.)
We didn't lose the division Sunday night. We lost it week 1 against the Cards. We lost it against the Bucs. The Raiders. All games we should have won. The first 9ers game. Pick one.
Those are games we will win in the future.