In his first year, he took the team to the 2000 playoffs and defeated the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams for the team's first ever playoff win. Joe Vitt returned after his six-game suspension to serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season. In 2019, a variation of the all-white Color Rush look was unveiled during the Week 6 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brian Milne recovered for the Saints, who then ran out the clock to preserve the victory. The Saints later stuck with the black pants in their 2006 playoff run. Mecom settled on black as the primary color as a nod to his financial involvement in the petroleum industry. The attendance for the game was a sellout crowd of 70,003. Founded by John W. Mecom Jr., David Dixon, and the city of New Orleans on November 1, 1966,[8][9][10] the Saints joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1967. ', ATH: Bills' Run Continues, Brees Struggles, Source: LSU working to hire Saints' D-line coach, Chiney & Golic Jr: Brady Makes 14th Conference Championship. One of the franchise's early bright moments came on November 8, 1970, when Tom Dempsey kicked an NFL record-breaking 63-yard field goal at Tulane Stadium to defeat the Detroit Lions 19–17 in the final seconds of the game; the previous record was seven yards less, set in 1953. How good are the current Lakers team? The Saints lost that game 31–26. Despite the conditions, the defense of the Saints played well, holding Seattle to just 23 over the 34 points allowed against Seattle during the regular season. This includes 12 years in a row from 1981 to 1992 – all as a result of the scheduling formulas in place prior to 2002 (this remains a record for most consecutive years in which two teams not from the same division met each other). After 2015, a season in which the gold pants were donned 10 times, the Saints only wore them sporadically in the regular season, though they were still used regularly in the preseason. To seal the merger, Rozelle arrived in New Orleans within a week, and announced on November 1, 1966, that the NFL officially had awarded the city of New Orleans an NFL franchise. However, the Saints would match the explosive offense they had in the 2006 season. After winning the 2000 NFL Executive of the Year Award, General Manager Randy Mueller was fired between the 2001 and 2002 seasons without explanation by Benson. They allowed the most passing touchdowns in a season in NFL history as they allowed 45, effectively making them the worst passing defense in NFL history. One notable pre-division game is a 1977 matchup that resulted in Tampa Bay's first win in franchise history coming against New Orleans after previously starting out 0–26 overall. Green Day and U2 performed "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "The Saints Are Coming", respectively, before the game. For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were the definition of NFL futility, finishing third or fourth in their division until 1979. On September 19, Saints owner Tom Benson announced that the team had sold out the Louisiana Superdome for the entire season with season tickets alone (68,354 seats), a first in franchise history.[18]. The Saints finished their 2013 preseason 3–1, and won their first five regular season games against the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears. Drew Brees also tied the NFL record for touchdown passes in a game with 7, coming against the New York Giants.[24]. LSU is working to finalize a deal to make Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen its next defensive coordinator, a source confirmed to ESPN. Ditka and Williams had a mock wedding picture taken to commemorate the occasion. Completions Betting Insights. Key losses included a 7–34 blowout against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football in Seattle which cost them homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, a 16–27 upset against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis which led to the Saints needing to win their next game against Carolina to control their own playoff destiny, and a heartbreaking 13–17 defeat to their division rival the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte who went on to win the NFC South. On October 9, 2013, the Saints announced the creation of a Ring of Honor to commemorate former players, administrators and individuals with significant contributions to the franchise. First Take hour 2: What's next for Drew Brees? When the deal was reached a week earlier, Dixon strongly suggested to Rozelle that the announcement be delayed until November 1, to coincide with All Saints' Day. However, they would fall victim to the Dallas Cowboys in week 14, going on to end the season with a three-game losing streak. [17], On March 23, the Saints announced that the team's two 2006 preseason games were to be played at Shreveport, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi. In week 17, the Saints defeated division rivals Carolina; however, the Saints needed other results to break their way and when the St. Louis Rams beat the New York Jets the Saints were eliminated despite having beaten the Rams, who finished with the same record. Following a disappointing 7–9 record in the 2007 season, the Saints ended the 2008 season 8–8. Although this initially generated a lot of excitement among Saints fans, Ditka's tenure ended up being a failure. The Saints won each game before finishing the regular season with a 12-4 record to win the NFC South ahead of the Bucs (11-5). The result clinched an NFC playoff berth, a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They reverted to wearing gold pants with both their black and white jerseys in 1986 under new coach Jim E. Mora. The Saints went 6–10 in their first two seasons under Ditka (1997 and 1998). The defining play of the game came with the Saints clinging to a three-point lead with minutes to play. For the first time in Saints' history, they clinched their NFC South title on their home field. This uniform was not worn again until a 40–33 win against the Houston Texans on September 25, 2011, and also on November 6, 2011, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 27–16 Saints win. [31] Morten Andersen was selected in 2017, becoming the third former player inducted primarily for their accomplishments in New Orleans. On Sunday, August 8, 2010, NBC announced the televised opening festivities of the evening would begin with Taylor Swift and Dave Matthews Band. The Saints have the NFL’s best first-down offense, per Football Outsiders. Despite winning 2 of their last 3 games, and Brees again leading the league with 5,177 passing yards (his third time to surpass 5,000 yards, as he remained the only quarterback to break that barrier more than once), the team finished third in the NFC South, at 7–9. The Saints won 13 of 20 games as non-division opponents. "Black gold" is a term synonymous with oil. Since the Saints' only previous playoff win was in the wild card round, this was the farthest the Saints had ever advanced at the time. In large part, because they averaged 5.1 yards per rush on first downs entering Week 17, tied with the Tennessee Titans for second in the NFL (the Vikings led the NFL with 5.3). The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the Saints' home stadium. Check out these NFL Week 16 picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 2:30 p.m. MST time on Fox and the NFL Network. The team's colors, black and gold, symbolized both Mecom's and New Orleans' strong ties to the oil industry. I started covering the Saints before Brees arrived -- when the team was 3-13 and the city had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Mike and Chiney react to Tom Brady's 14th Conference Championship appearance and the Gutsy moves by the Chiefs. The Seahawks were the first NFL team to capture their division with a sub-.500 regular season record (7–9). They earned their first winning record and postseason berth in 1987, while their first playoff win would not occur until 2000, their 34th season. The first game of the season was against the defending Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts. The Saints failed to make the playoffs in 2001 and 2002, although in the latter year they had the distinction of beating the eventual Super Bowl XXXVII champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in both of their regular season meetings, only the second team to do so in NFL history. The Saints lost this game, 41–10, and lost their next three games. The only exception being if both teams are wearing throwback uniforms, such as Thanksgiving Classic games. Chiney and Golic Jr. are joined by ESPN/YES Announcer Ryan Ruocco and ESPN NFL Analyst Dan Orlovsky to breakdown the Top 5 and Bottom 5 from the NFL including QB injuries and Drew Brees' career. During the 1981–82 seasons (Bum Phillips' first two seasons as coach), the team wore white jerseys with black pants at home, but reverted to the black jerseys and white pants for 1983. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more. The victory was only the second playoff win in team history. The Falcons have named Terry Fontenot their new general manager. The Saintsations are the cheerleading squad for the Saints. Television ratings for Super Bowl XLIV (44) were the highest for any TV program, sports or otherwise, in history,[20] as their successful bid to win the Super Bowl was seen by many to represent the city's resurgence after the devastating Hurricane Katrina. The September 25, home opener, the first home game in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, was won by the Saints 23–3 against the Atlanta Falcons, who were undefeated in the 2006 season at that time. Since 1975, the team plays its home games at Mercedes-Benz Superdome[6][7] (formerly the Louisiana Superdome) after utilizing Tulane Stadium during its first eight seasons. Bart & Hahn discuss the status of Patrick Mahomes heading into Sunday’s AFC Championship game with Buffalo and the result of what may have been Drew Brees' last game in an NFL uniform. Trending news, game recaps, highlights, player information, rumors, videos and more from FOX Sports. That combination provided the Saints with their first-ever winning record and playoff appearance, going 12–3 in 1987, which had one fewer game than normal due to a players' strike. The Saints punted to the Rams' Az-Zahir Hakim (who would play one season for the Saints in 2005), who fumbled the punt deep in Rams' territory. The New Orleans Saints had the best record of the four teams who were eliminated from the playoffs during the divisional round, and therefore will go into this year's NFL draft with the No. Ryan Clark stops by to and explains why Drew Brees has underachieved. The Saints finished the season with an 11–5 record and earned a wild card berth as the sixth seed in the NFC. Beginning in the 2015 season, owing to Raycom's management of the station on behalf of Tom Benson's ownership group, production of preseason telecasts were taken over by Raycom Sports under a new multi-year deal, and syndicated to Raycom stations and others around the team's footprint. [42] The award is named for Joe Gemelli, a New Orleans clothing store owner and an active supporter of sports in the city, who was known as the team's biggest fan.[43]. In an October 3, 1976 home game against the Houston Oilers, Hank Stram used the Saints' road uniforms, the white jerseys and black pants. [19] Additionally, all luxury boxes had been sold out for the season. Because of the metallic gold's bright color, the gold jerseys were considered the "light" jersey in the game, so the Vikings wore their purple home jerseys as the "dark" colored team. The line initially opened as high as the Saints -4 but has come down some since then. Saints preseason games were previously produced by Cox Sports Television. During that same year, they primarily wore black pants with both their white and black jerseys. The NFL office, however, informed him that his proposed combination too closely resembled that worn by the San Diego Chargers. However, the 2011 throwbacks use the current helmet, meaning the shades of gold on the helmet and jersey do not match. The teams actually played each other quite often as non-division rivals. The team introduced a gold alternate jersey (worn with the black pants) during a December 15, 2002 game versus the Minnesota Vikings, a 32–31 loss, but have never worn them since then. They became the first NFL team to wear all-black uniforms in a week 5 road game against the Carolina Panthers, and again in weeks 16 and 17 in home games against the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers; the Saints were outscored 78–10 in the final two contests to end a 7–9 campaign. Manning is … Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired near the half-way point in the season and was replaced by senior defensive assistant Dennis Allen. No team had ever had such a poor record in the prior year (3–13) and then gone on to a league or conference championship game since the 1999 St. Louis Rams who advanced to win their first Super Bowl after being 4–12 the season before. The Saints compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division. HQ: Do The Bucs Deserve Credit For Beating Brees? First Take discusses what this loss means for Drew Brees now, if the Nets will go to the finals with or without Kyrie, and much more. Since becoming division rivals, the Saints have the edge in the series, winning 16 games to the Bucs' 10. So it'll be a while before we start to seriously look … During the 1999 NFL Draft, Ditka traded all of his picks for that season, as well as the first-round and third-round picks for the following season, to the Washington Redskins in order to draft University of Texas Heisman Trophy running back Ricky Williams in the first round. Carolina defeated New Orleans on the road every year from 2002 to 2008, a streak of seven seasons. The Saints defeated the Eagles 48-7. In 1980, the Saints lost their first 14 games, prompting local sportscaster Bernard "Buddy D" Diliberto to advise Saints supporters to wear paper bags over their heads at the team's home games; many bags rendered the club's name as the "'Aints" rather than the "Saints."[16]. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) eludes New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) during game at the Mercedes- Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. [14][15] Dempsey's record was not broken until 2013 by Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos, who kicked one yard farther (at elevation in Colorado). 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Drew Brees ended the 2008 season just 16 yards short of beating Dan Marino's single-season record of 5084 total passing yards, and receiver Lance Moore came 72 yards short of his first 1000-yard season. Please try to keep recent events in historical perspective and add more content related to non-recent events. It was played on Thursday September 9, 2010 and televised on NBC, making it the first time the Saints have opened the NFL's season at home. Mike Triplett, Saints reporter: He was the greatest free-agent signing in NFL history. In 2006, to honor their return to Louisiana, the Saints wore a patch on their uniforms with an outline of the State of Louisiana with a fleur-de-lis superimposed, similar to the logo from the 1980s. The season ended on January 21, 2007, when the Saints lost 39–14 to the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship game. The Saints announced that for the second year in a row, the Louisiana Superdome had sold out every ticket for the season. Since 2008, the Saints have worn white jerseys at home for preseason games and early regular season home games. They are named after the jazz music heritage of New Orleans and the spiritual hymn "When the Saints Go Marching In". Trumpeter Al Hirt was part owner of the team, and his rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" was made the official fight song. They also set the NFL record in opposing passer rating (116.2), while finishing last in points allowed (29.8) and yards allowed per play (6.6). Canadian football star Delvin Breaux, who was signed in the off-season, led the Saints struggling secondary with 3 interceptions and 19 pass deflections. The Panthers won the contest 41–10, with early turnovers by the Saints being a factor in the blowout.[27]. Due to the damage Hurricane Katrina caused to the Superdome and the New Orleans area, the Saints' scheduled 2005 home opener against the New York Giants was moved to Giants Stadium. During the regular season, New Orleans went undefeated (8–0) while wearing either all-white uniform. We start with the results of the NFL's divisional round, where Drew Brees may have played his last game after New Orleans's loss to Tampa Bay. Jim Finks’ tenure as Saints general manager was a significant factor in his selection. NFL on Nickelodeon: Saints top Bears in Super Wild-Card matchup geared at kid audience The NFL on Nick was a hit By Andrew Julian. The Saints defense allowed 7,042 yards, setting an NFL record.[21]. On December 27, 2010, with a 17–14 win against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta, the Saints clinched a playoff appearance (wild card). [52] Henderson was the play-by-play announcer for Saints radio broadcasts continuously from 1993 to 2017, and previously held the position from 1986–89 after serving as a color commentator from 1981–85, and again in 1992, when Dave Garrett was play-by-play announcer. Michael Thomas, who played in just seven games this season due to multiple ankle injuries, will have procedures for a torn deltoid and other ligaments in his ankle, a source told ESPN. Ryan also expects a shootout between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. 1 receiver. In 2000, the Saints won their first playoff game as they hosted the St. Louis Rams, and after having a better road record than home record, they wore their white jerseys, and won 31–28 over the defending champion Rams. Con su derrota por la mínima, en casa ante Puebla, La Máquina suma dos derrotas consecutivas en el arranque del presente certamen. NFL Live - Recapping AFC and NFC Divisional Rounds, turmoil with Texans, and so much more! The Saints would face the Seattle Seahawks for the wild-card opener at Qwest Field. Dixon even cleared the name with New Orleans' Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, "thought it would be a good idea," according to Dixon. [51] Former Saints guard Zach Strief is the play-by-play announcer, with former Saints running back Deuce McAllister as color commentator. More NFL … broadcasts so viewers could tell the teams apart. The Rams, Saints, and Vikings all were 8–8, with the Rams having a 7–5 conference record, Saints 6–6, and the Vikings 5–7. That logo was removed in 1996 and replaced with a fleur-de-lis on both the sleeves and sides of the pants. The Saints first wore the uniform during Week 11 of that season against the Carolina Panthers on the road, and was worn on the road two more times thereafter. Most preseason games are televised by WVUE (Channel 8), a station which until its outright 2017 sale to Raycom Media (and subsequent sale in 2019 to Gray Television) was owned by a consortium led by Saints owner Tom Benson since mid-2008 (that consortium, now led by Gayle Benson, continues to hold a minority stake in the station). 2012 season: Payton suspended; punishment for Bountygate, After an off-season dominated by the bounty scandal and the year-long suspension of head coach Sean Payton, the Saints sought to refocus on football and produce yet another winning year. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, … The trio of Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and Drew Brees will … Tony Kornheiser and Pablo Torre discuss the Chiefs holding on and Brees losing in what may have been his last game. Fournette will go up against a Saints squad that allows 93.9 rushing yards per game and is the NFL’s third-ranked rush defense. 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