In Week 9, New Orleans beat the Los Angeles Rams in a critical game that ended up determining that the Saints will host next Sunday’s rematch in the NFC championship game.
It also led to one of the best player quotes of the NFL season.
Saints receiver Michael Thomas torched Rams cornerback Marcus Peters that day for 211 yards including the 72-yard game-winning touchdown that led to a flip-phone celebration and the first loss of the season for the Rams.
Payton ‘liked’ Peters covering Thomas
Peters shadowed Thomas all game, and Saints coach Sean Payton was just fine with that considering the result and his post-game comments.
“They were going to travel Marcus to him, and that was fine by us,” Payton told reporters. “We thought we really liked that matchup — a lot.”
Peters retorts with gumbo invitation
Word of Payton’s comments traveled back to Peters, who delivered this gem that’s still funny two months later, clearly not cool with Payton calling him out by name.
A Super Bowl berth 🏆 and a bowl of gumbo on the line 🍲!
— Yahoo Sports NFL (@YahooSportsNFL) January 14, 2019
“Tell Sean Payton, keep talking that s—, we gonna see him soon. You feel me? Yeah,” Peters said. “Cause I like what he was saying on the sideline too. Tell him he can keep talking that s—. And I hope he sees me soon. You feel me? Then we’re gonna have a good little, nice little bowl of gumbo together.”
Saints-Rams, Part II
Well. Here we are. It’s gumbo time.
Next week’s matchup is a doozy, the NFC championship game neutral football fans have been pining for. With a pair of high-octane offenses taking the field, it could resemble the 45-35 result we saw in November.
How the Rams cover Thomas, who just roasted the Philadelphia Eagles for 171 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s playoff win, will be one of the biggest on-field storylines of the game.
Talib should be back for rematch
Aqib Talib, who lines up opposite of Peters, was injured during the Saints’ regular-season win. He’s back in the lineup, and could lead the Rams to provide some different looks on Thomas than they did in November.
Regardless of who is on him or if Peters and Talib share the coverage duties, Thomas will be a difficult matchup. No matter how good they are, Thomas has demonstrated he can get the best of high-profile matchups.
Either way, it should provide plenty of entertainment. Especially if Peters broaches his gumbo proposal on the field.
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