The New Orleans Saints didn’t have a winning season until 1987, twenty-one seasons after their founding. They didn’t win their first Division Championship until 1991, twenty-five seasons after their founding. They didn’t win their first playoff game until 2000, thirty-four seasons after their founding. They didn’t make their first NFC Championship Game until 2006, forty seasons after their founding. And they didn’t win their first and only Super Bowl until 2009, forty-three seasons after their founding.
But, the Saints have been a consistent winner since 2006, never finishing worse than 7-9 and never finishing at the bottom of the NFC South. Before 2006, the Saints had two division championships (both in the NFC West), and held a 1-5 record in the playoffs.
Since 2006, the Saints have five NFC South Championships, seven winning records, and an 8-6 record in the playoffs.
It’s definitely a tale of two eras in New Orleans Saints history, with their pre-2000s existence being rooted in failure, earning the team a moniker known as the ‘Aints, where fans gained notoriety for entering the Superdome with paper bags over their heads.
These days, the Saints are expected winners and almost made Super Bowl LIII. They probably would’ve played in the Big Game had it not been for an errant miscall of a blatant pass interference penalty. However, the team has put the heartbreak of the previous two seasons (see Minnesota Vikings) behind them, now looking to reclaim their place among the NFL’s elite franchises.
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Mercedez-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Black, old gold
Archie Manning, Drew Brees, Joe Horn, Morten Andersen
Won first Super Bowl in 2009 after years of futility.
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