The Top 5 Moments In New Orleans Black And Gold History
Since the Saints began, there have been a lot of great plays made by men dressed in black and gold. There have also been a lot of bad plays made by men wearing black and gold.
But we are not here to discuss that, we are going to go back into history so that you can see, and remember, the top 5 greatest plays in Black and Gold history.
Keep safe, have fun, and Geaux Saints!
5. Fumbleruski Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
December 21, 2003: Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich raised his hand in triumph as he watched the New Orleans Saints' dreams of making the playoffs come crashing to the ground of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
With only seconds to go, Saints' quarterback Aaron Brooks took the snap and looked for an open man.
Receiver Donte Stallworth caught the ball and ran for some yards and then flipped it back to another Saint.
In the NFL version of Stanford vs. Cal, the Saints latereled their way into the end zone and sent veteran kicker John Carney on to send the game into overtime.
It was not to be, however, as Carney missed the extra point and sent the Saints home for the holidays once again.
4. Hakim Muffs Fair Catch
Az-Zahir Hakim made the top fourth best play in Saints history, but it didn't come when he was in a Saints uniform (above).
Hakim was a wide receiever for the St. Louis Rams in 2000 and one of his duties was to return punts.
The Rams forced a punt with under 3 minutes left to go in the game but Hakim muffed an easy fair catch at his own eleven yard line and the Saints fell on the ball ending the Rams Super Bowl hopes and giving the Saints their one of their only playoff victories.
3. The Beginning
It was 1967 and the Saints were playing their first game ever.
New Orleanians who would become fans of this new team called the Saints packed Tulane Stadium as rookie wide receiver John Gilliam prayed that the ball wouldn't come to him.
Of course it did and he returned it for a touchdown, some call this bad luck and with the Saints' past records, I'd have to agree with them.
Tom Dempsey, Saints Superhero
Forget Olindo Mare (above), the guy couldn't make a 20 yard field goal while he was here but Tom Dempsey, he was a Saints superhero.
The Saints were trailing the Detroit Lions (remember, it was a long time ago, 1970 to be exact) by a score of 17-16 with only a few seconds left to go in the fourth quarter.
A lot of Saints fans had evacuated Tulane Stadium figuring that the game was over but then Tom Dempsey, a man born with only half of a foot was up to the task.
Dempsey set up to kick a 63 yard field goal to give the Saints the win, if it went over, then it would be the longest kick in NFL history.
The ball was snapped and then placed down, Dempsey hit it with all of the strength that he could muster and sent himself into Saints history forever.
1. The Blocked Punt
It was 90 seconds into the first game in the Louisiana Superdome since Hurricane Katrina.
The arch rival Atlanta Falcons were in town and this one was being broadcast nationwide on Monday Night Football.
The crowd was going crazy as Atlanta prepared to punt the ball away but special teams guru Steve Gleason (above) had other things in store for the Dirty Birds.
He came right up the middle untouched, dove, and blocked Michael Koenen's punt and sent it rolling toward the end zone.
Defensive back Curtis Deloatch then recovered the ball giving the Saints a touchdown.
The Saints went on to with the game 23-3.