The New Orleans Saints are an American professional gridiron football club headquartered in New Orleans that competes in the National Football League's National Football Conference (NFC). The Saints have only won one Super Bowl (2010). The Saints debuted as an expansion franchise in 1967. They were named for founder and former Green Bay Packers player Robert "Bobby" Bennett.
Their only Super Bowl victory came over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the greatest game ever played. The score was 35-32, with New Orleans winning in overtime. This is the most recent championship for both teams.
They will be playing their second consecutive Super Bowl after defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in the NFC Championship Game. This is also the first time two Louisiana-based teams have met in the Super Bowl.
New Orleans has a long football history itself, having been a major center of the sport since the 1898 Louisiana Purchase Exhibition Games. The NFL arrived in New Orleans in 1970 when the Saints joined the league as an expansion team. After three seasons, they made the playoffs all three years but never advanced further than the Divisional Round. In 1973, they suffered their only loss during the season-finale at Texas Stadium against the undefeated Dallas Cowboys. The Saints have not lost a game since then and went 15-1 in 1974. They have been back in the postseason every year since then except for 1976 and 1977 while Dan Pastorini was the head coach.
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The New Orleans Saints are an American professional gridiron football club headquartered in New Orleans that competes in the National Football League's National Football Conference (NFC). The Saints have only won one Super Bowl (2010).
Three years later, the Saints finished 13-3 and defeated the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Their Super Bowl triumph is seen as a great success story for New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The franchise secured an agreement in April 2009 that would keep the Saints in New Orleans until at least 2025.
After Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in August 2005, most people thought that the Saints would not be playing football again. However, due to the support they received from fans across the nation, the team was able to continue running their business as usual while recovering from the damage caused by the hurricane. They also managed to find success on the field, as well as in the league-wide media market. When asked about moving the team, owner Tom Benson said that he was "stuck with New Orleans" and promised to do everything in his power to keep the team there.
In January 2009, shortly before the start of the NFL season, the Saints and Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard reached an agreement in which the Colts will move back to New Orleans if the city's NFL franchise leaves town. The deal was met with criticism by some members of the local community, who believed that it was done under pressure from the league. However, both parties agreed that it was the best option for the city. With this agreement in place, it was confirmed by the NFL that the Saints will remain in New Orleans for at least another decade.
2010 The Saints have only won one Super Bowl (2010). The Saints, like other expansion teams, struggled in their inaugural season in the NFL, losing 11 of their first 14 games. They then went on a league-record 72-game winning streak, which was later tied by the Denver Broncos in 1998. During that span, the Saints won or shared the division title each year except for one (1969), when they finished second to the Oakland Raiders in what was then known as the American Football League. The team finally lost their first game on December 30, 1969, after which they went on a league-record 113-game winning streak, which was also broken by the Broncos in 1998. That record has since been beaten three times, most recently by the Indianapolis Colts in 2014.
In 1971, the Saints became just the third team in NFL history to win consecutive Super Bowls when they defeated the Washington Redskins 21-10 and 17-9 in the series' first two matches. They are only team to do so.
In addition to its Super Bowl victory, New Orleans has also won or shared the NFC South title five other times - 1970, '73, '74, '77, and '88. The only other time the Saints didn't finish first in their division was 1969.
One Super Bowl championship. The Saints have won one Super Bowl championship (2010). The Saints began play in 1967 as an expansion franchise. They were renamed in 1972 and have had success since their inception, with only the Steelers having more wins than the Saints.
The Saints are one of two NFL teams to have never lost a game by knockout during the regular season (the other team is the 49ers), and they are also one of four teams to have never been knocked out of any post-season tournament during that time (along with the Patriots, Colts, and Broncos).
New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl once before - when the Saints defeated the Raiders 27-10 at Tulane University Stadium in 1982. The Superdome has been used as a host stadium twice more since then; in 1995 when the Cowboys beat the 95th Super Bowl champion Packers 38-13 and again when the Saints defeated the 49ers 14-9 in 2004.
In total, the New Orleans Saints have won one Super Bowl title and appear in another Super Bowl game this year. They are the first NFL team to have ever done so.
After eight seasons at Tulane Stadium, the club has played its home games at Caesars Superdome since 1975. On November 1, 1966, John W. Mecom Jr., David Dixon, and the city of New Orleans established the Saints. They were an expansion franchise in the NFL in 1967. The team's first game was a 20-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Jefferson Parish Stadium.
The Saints have won two NFL championships (1969, 1980) and have made the playoffs nine times. They have not yet gone further than the NFC Championship Game.
In 2009, after 50 years at the Dome, it was announced that the stadium would be replaced by the new Mercedes-Benz Superdome scheduled for completion in time for the 2015 NFL season. The old stadium will be torn down and the site redeveloped.
The Saints currently play their home games at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The current capacity of the Superdome is 70,000. It was built for the 1976 Olympics with a target market of 100,000 fans per day. However, due to problems with its parking lots and other issues, only 60,000 people come out for each game.
It is the largest domed football stadium in the world and features a number of amenities for athletes including a medical facility, weight rooms, training rooms, a sports science lab, and a research center.
When the Los Angeles Rams visit the Superdome on Sunday, the New Orleans Saints will battle for a trip to Super Bowl LIII. The Saints will reach the Super Bowl for the second time in team history if they win.
The last time the Saints played in the big game was 2016. They lost 26-20 to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. With that loss, New Orleans fell short of reaching its third straight Super Bowl appearance.
After losing their first two games this year, the Saints rebounded with nine wins in their next 10 games. A victory over the Rams on Sunday would give New Orleans its first 11-win season since 2013.
In the playoffs, the Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime at Mercedes-Benz Stadium before falling to the Los Angeles Chargers 28-27 in double overtime at the Louisiana Superdome. Drew Brees threw four touchdowns against one interception while completing 25 of his 36 passes for 271 yards and no interceptions. Michael Thomas had nine receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown while Alvin Kamara finished with eight carries for 57 yards and a score.
New Orleans has been one of the most successful teams in football over the past few years. It won five NFC South titles during that period.