It was the year 2007. It followed the best season in franchise history to that point. That should be enough information for any Saints fan to recognize I'm talking about the last time the New Orleans Saints began a season 0-2.
The team returned home for the opening home game, on Monday Night Football, sure it would finally capture a victory against Vince Young's Tennessee Titans.
The poor Titans promised to be the victim of a complete beatdown by a team who was ready to break out after a frustrating start. Fast forward five years, and it's almost the exact same scenario at play Sunday when the Saints host the Kansas City Chiefs in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The only notable difference is that the game this weekend will be played on Sunday afternoon instead of Monday Night on national television.
Saints fans can only hope the similarity in scenarios ends at the going-into-the-game stage. If the Saints pull the same lame excuse for football they played on that fateful night in late September, 2007, or the same lame excuse they've pulled for the first two games of 2012, the team and its fans will likely give up on the remainder of this campaign and start thinking about 2013 when Sean Payton returns to lead the charge.
To prevent that sad excuse for a season, the Saints absolutely must win Sunday. Here are five keys to make that happen.