With only a few minutes remaining, and the score 38-16, Atlanta decided to go for it on fourth down in their own territory and didn't make it. That brought the Saint's offense on the field with 5:08 remaining at Atlanta's 33 yard line with a 22 point lead.
Sean Payton decided to go for the record.
Brees, only seven yards short of the record after two first down completions, two incompletions, and a one yard run by Pierre Thomas, then hit Darren Sproles in tight coverage on a RB choice route for a nine yard touchdown, breaking the record.
Now, in the morning after, story after story is coming out talking about how "classless," "selfish," and "unsportsmanlike" Sean Payton and Drew Brees were to go for the record instead of just running the clock out. Some reporters even have "anonymous" accounts from Atlanta players complaining about them going for the record.
Payton said in a normal situation he would have been running the clock out, but that he wanted to get the record out of the way so his team could focus in the upcoming week, when they play the Panthers and try to get the second seed and a first round bye.
In my opinion, the players need to just stop. They play this "mans" game at the ultimate level making a whole lot more money per game than most people will make in two or three years. If they didn't want Brees to get the record, stop him. Simple as that. Once they saw that the Saints were passing to get the record on that last drive, then sell out against the pass because you knew exactly what they were doing, and stop him.
So I ask you my fellow Titans fans, was it classless? Or was it smart of Payton to get this out of the way so his team can focus, and the players stop whining because its their fault they couldn't stop them?
Discuss, and have a great New Years week!!