When the Saints Go Marching In

NC Nighthawk@NC Nighthawk (my Xbox gamertag)Analyst IFebruary 14, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 09:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates as his team parades though the city after winning Super Bowl XLIV on February 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Tracy Porter returned an interception 74 yards for the clinching touchdown to seal the deal for the New Orleans Saints, who won the first Super Bowl in their 43-year history on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.

Quarterback Drew Brees was named MVP. Brees was 32 of 39 for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

The Saints became the first Super Bowl winner to post three straight victories over teams led by quarterbacks who had won a Super Bowl (Kurt Warner, Brett Favre, Manning).

What a season to remember for the New Orleans Saints and their loyal fans. The Saints got off to the franchise’s best start and just kept building on it.

The season started with a bang as the Saints opened with wins over Detroit, Philadelphia, Buffalo, and the New York Jets.

The Saints’ first significant test was supposed to come against the New York Giants in week six, but it turned out to be a comfortable win by a 48-27 margin in Eli Manning's first-ever game played in the Superdome.

Their miraculous week seven win at Miami seemed to ignite the team, as the Saints rallied from being behind 24-3 to win 46-34.

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The Saints’ 6-0 start quickly turned into a 10-0 start to set up a big Monday Night Football showdown with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Brees smoked the Patriots for 371 yards and five touchdowns as the Saints gave a statement to the other teams the NFL with a 38-17 victory over the Pats.

New Orleans rolled to 13-0 with close wins over Washington and Atlanta. Then the Saints got beat by the Dallas Cowboys, 24-17, on Dec. 19, 2009, in a very hyped Saturday night game in the Superdome for their first loss of the season.

That game was followed by a close loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a meaningless, season-ending loss to the Carolina Panthers in which the Saints rested most of their starters.

However, the slump to end the season certainly did not carry over into the playoffs, as the Saints soundly defeated Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs, 45-1.

A week later, the Saints got a 40-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley in overtime to beat the Minnesota Vikings, 31-28, in the NFC Championship game.

In Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, the Saints trailed the Colts 10-0 in the first quarter, but eventually rallied to a 31-17 victory. Tracy Porter’s 74-yard interception return for a touchdown of the great Peyton Manning sealed the victory in the fourth quarter.

That Super Bowl championship by the Saints exalted the team and revived the city of New Orleans.

The Saints are a franchise that began without a home field, playing in their first 17 years in Tulane’s stadium, and then they found themselves in 2005 without a stadium again.

The Louisiana Superdome became a symbol known globally as a place where thousands found refuge after Hurricane Katrina left much of the city underwater.

The Saints divided their 2005 “home” games between the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Through Hurricane Katrina and its damaging of the Superdome, this football team and its city became one.

Saints’ owner Tom Benson decided not to move the team after Katrina, despite generous offers from other cities. The city of New Orleans and its citizens became rooted in determination to rebuild rather than leave.

The New Orleans Saints caught the attention of the entire nation. They became America’s team.

More people tuned in to watch the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts play in Super Bowl XLIV than have tuned in for any of the other 43 games.

An estimated 106.5 million people tuned in Sunday evening breaking the record for any program—a record set by the final episode of “M*A*S*H” in 1983.

The Saints franchise struggled through 43 years of adversity and defeat before winning a Super Bowl. New Orleans has endured four years of turmoil as a result of Katrina.

New Orleans still has a way to go in rebuilding, but this 31-17 Super Bowl victory will be a major highlight along the road to recovery.

The Super Bowl Victory Parade, a.k.a. Lombardigras, gave the city of New Orleans an opportunity to say thank you to the Saints team.

Finally, after 43 years, the Saints go marching in.

When the Saints go marching in—do you know the lyrics?

We are trav’ling in the footsteps

Of those who’ve gone before,

And we’ll all be reunited,

On a new and sunlit shore,

Oh, when the saints go marching in

Oh, when the saints go marching in

Lord, how I want to be in that number

When the saints go marching in

And when the sun refuse to shine

And when the sun refuse to shine

Lord, how I want to be in that number

When the sun refuse to shine

And when the moon turns red with blood

And when the moon turns red with blood

Lord, how I want to be in that number

When the moon turns red with blood

Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call

Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call

Lord, how I want to be in that number

When the trumpet sounds its call

Some say this world of trouble,

Is the only one we need,

But I’m waiting for that morning,

When the new world is revealed.

Oh When the new world is revealed

Oh When the new world is revealed

Lord, how I want to be in that number

When the new world is revealed

Oh, when the saints go marching in

Oh, when the saints go marching in

Lord, how I want to be in that number

When the saints go marching in

Sources: NOLA.com, Google News, Wikipedia

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