Seven years before the Atlanta Falcons fell victim to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, the New Orleans Saints managed their own comeback to take Super Bowl XLIV from the Indianapolis Colts.
And one New Orleans-based company won’t let their division rivals forget either outcome.
Before the teams’ matchup in Atlanta on Thursday night, a probably expensive troll job was seen flying above Mercedes-Benz Stadium—a plane dragging a banner reminding Falcons fans of the 28-3 lead their team had coughed up to the New England Patriots in February.
This banner is flying over Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta right now. pic.twitter.com/3Byd6LbXGa
— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) December 7, 2017
It pissed some Atlantans right the hell off.
— Adam Ney (@sayneykid) December 7, 2017
The trolls behind the aerial assault on Falcons fans’ emotions? Dirty Coast Press, a New Orleans-centric clothing company.
We just paid for an airplane banner to be pulled for 3 hours over Atlanta in a few days for the Falcons/Saints game. Be on the lookout you Georgia Who Dats.
— Dirty Coast Press (@dirtycoast) December 5, 2017
In the Atlanta area today? Look up between 2:30 and 5:30pm. Take a picture.
— Dirty Coast Press (@dirtycoast) December 7, 2017
The Falcons, however, would get the last laugh on Thursday, coming back from down a touchdown in the second half. This hit from Atlanta free safety Ricardo Allen should have done away with any frustration the banner might have inspired among Falcons fans.
Ricardo Allen murdered Ted Ginn pic.twitter.com/rSM1g6d7Hg
— Josh Mensch (@JoshMenschNFL) December 8, 2017
— Sideline Scores (@sidelinescores) December 8, 2017
The Saints were flagged for 11 penalties, totaling 87 yards. The Falcons committed just four penalties for 35 yards, gaining a whopping nine first downs via penalty, compared to zero for New Orleans, en route to a 20-17 victory.