The biggest plays and games from the last decade
The New Orleans Saints have been on a roller coaster ride as a franchise since 2000, experiencing some of the greatest peaks and painful lows. Despite all the adversity the Saints and the city of New Orleans has faced, the Saints have been one of the most excited teams in football in the past decade. We have compiled some of the best moments in recent Saints history, to reflect on the great franchise’s successes.
Super Bowl XLIV
The Saints were the underdogs facing the Indianapolis Colts and league MVP Peyton Manning. Trailing 10-0 early in the game, it appeared the Saints miracle season was coming to a close. But the Saints rallied in the second half, starting with a surprise onside kick, and outscoring the Colts by 18 points. Defensive back Tracy Porter put the final stamp on the game by intercepting a pass from Manning late in the game.
Tracy Takes the Saints to the Super Bowl
Before Tracy Porter sealed the deal in the Super Bowl, he made a play that punched the Saints’ ticket to the big game. In the NFC Championship Game, the Minnesota Vikings were driving late in the game for a possible game-wining score. Porter cemented his place in Saints history when he picked off a pass from Brett Favre to end the Vikings’ drive and their season.
Re-Opening the Superdome
After the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Saints and football were a rallying point to bring the city together. The first game hosted in the Superdome after the hurricane couldn’t have started in any better way. On the opening possession of the game, the Saints defense shut down Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Michael Vick and forced a punt. The roof of the Superdome was nearly blown off from the noise when the Saints blocked the punt and fell on the ball in the endzone. After this play, there was no stopping the Saints as they marched on to an emotional victory.
River City Relay
One of the greatest plays in Saints history as unfortunately followed up with one of the biggest disappointments. The Saints were attempting to clinch their first playoff birth since 2000, with their backs against the wall against Jacksonville. With one last shot to tie the game and send it to overtime, the Saints pulled off a triple-lateral schoolyard play to Jerome Pathon in the endzone. The celebration and excitement was sadly cut short, when kicker John Carney missed the extra point to tie the game resulting in a Saints loss.
In opposition fashion of the River City Relay, this play took fans’ emotions quickly from disappointment to excitement. On their way to their Super Bowl victory, the Saints started the season with 13 straight wins. In their 12th victory, things looked grim when Drew Brees threw a interception near halftime. But Robert Meachem’s spectacular effort to strip the ball from the defensive back, and return it for a touchdown, vaulted the Saints forward to victory.
New Orlean’s Saints game days at the Superdome are an event to experience and should be enjoyed to the fullest. Because of congestion and traffic, making it to the Superdome can be difficult. Consider booking a car service in advance to avoid stress on game day, and don’t miss a second of the Saints marching downfield.