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Drew Brees Issues First Public Statement On Heartbreaking Loss

Drew Brees on the sidelines.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints sits on the bench during the NFC divisional round playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has taken to social media to issue his first public statement regarding his team's heartbreaking loss in the NFC Championship Game.

Brees spoke at length about his team's controversial loss to the Los Angeles Rams in last weekend's league title game.

Here's the statement:

"I’ve spent this last week navigating the heartache and disappointment from the game. Some things within our control and some outside our control that caused us to fall short. So much of our motivation is to represent the Who Dat Nation with determination and resiliency. We want to play for you, fight for you, and win for you. You deserve that," Brees said.

"The longer I play I realize that we truly are one heartbeat with our fans. Our success is your success. Our disappointment is your disappointment. We are inspired by one another to accomplish things far greater than what we could ever do on our own.
Everything that has ever happened to this community, we have bonded together, galvanized and leaped forward every time."

"The frustration we feel now can be channeled in the same way. Pour that passion and emotion into your families and communities. Inspire others with your focus & determination and positive outlook. This will make us stronger, this will bond us tighter, this will be a source for our success in the future."

"There is no place like New Orleans. There is no community like ours. No fans like the Who Dat Nation. I refuse to let this hold us down. I refuse to let this create any negativity or resentment. I embrace the challenge."

"So keep your chin up, hold your head high, puff your chest out because WE are the Who Dat Nation and WE will always persevere."

The Rams, meanwhile, are set to take on the Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. E.T. on CBS.