Junior Galette: Saints’ locker room ‘feels like a funeral’

Here lies the 2014 New Orleans Saints.

On Sunday, the Saints were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after a 30-14 home loss to the division rival Falcons.

The team officially was fitted with a toe-tag, signifying the expiration of their postseason hopes, much to the disappointment of the players.

“It sucks. We lost. Terrible year,” Saints linebacker Junior Galette said, via ESPN.com. “I thought we’d be happy in the locker room right now, celebrating. Instead it feels like a funeral in here.”

In an up-and-down contest — fittingly capping off an up-and-down year for New Orleans — Drew Brees and Co. found themselves within striking distance of a comeback win. They had possession, trailing by six, with 2:35 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Brees committed a fatal error — his 14th interception, a season-ender.

Brees deemed the sequence “about as bad a feeling as you can ever have as a quarterback.” The result was the sixth victory for the Falcons, who would capture the NFC South crown in Week 17 by defeating the Panthers.

“They hate us, we hate them, but hats off to those guys. They came out here and fought. And they deserve to move on,” Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis said.

So ends the eulogy.

(Photo credit: NewOrleansSaints.com)

Zack Kelberman
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