Saints won't let bitter taste linger: 'We still control everything'

From ESPN - December 12, 2017

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints had an extra few days to stew over their most bitter defeat of the season, a 20-17 loss to the rival Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night that left them upset over the officiating, the barrage of injuries and their own failure to close in the final minutes.

The last one sucked. Especially being Atlanta, Saints left tackle Terron Armstead put it bluntly on Monday.

But Armstead and others insisted that the Saints (9-4) arent about to let that derail the terrific season theyve been building for three months.

They know that if they win out (vs. the New York Jets, vs. Atlanta again, at Tampa Bay), theyll be the NFC South champs.

We still control everything, and thats what you want late in the season, said Armstead, who said the Saints arent dwelling on the fact that theyve lost two of their last three games any more than they leaned on winning eight straight before that.

Punter Thomas Morstead agreed, adding recent history into the equation. Were looking forward to making a really strong push, and everything we want to achieve is achievable. And thats really exciting, because it hasnt been like that for a long time around here, Morstead said of New Orleans three consecutive 7-9 seasons that preceded this one. To have a chance in December is what its all about.


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