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The New Orleans Saints, a professional sports team that plays American Football (gridiron), is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints, as they are most often called, play in the NFC South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). As such, they rival with the Atlanta Falcons, the Carolina Panthers, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

David Dixon and John W. Mecom Jr. founded the franchise in the era before the AFL/NFL merger. The Saints, after their November 1966 founding, joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1967. Currently, the Saints play their home games at the Caesars Superdome, which they moved to after playing eight seasons at the Tulane Stadium. The Saints were named after New Orleans’ jazz music heritage – and the famous spiritual hymn, ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’.

All About The New Orleans Saints

For the first few decades after joining the NFL as an expansion team, the New Orleans Saints were one of the most unsuccessful franchises in the NFL. In fact, they went for 20 consecutive seasons without managing a winning record – and without managing to qualify for the playoffs. The first time that the franchise made the playoffs was the 1987 NFL season. However, they didn’t actually manage a playoff win until their 34th season, in 2000.  

In recent decades, the franchise has seen some success. Their best season to date was in the 2009 season. The Saints finished as the top seed in their conference, thereby earning a bye through Wild Card Weekend. They then rattled off three playoff victories to claim Super Bowl XLIV. This makes them one of the only NFL franchises, along with the New York Jets, to win their very first (and only) Super Bowl appearance. 

Drew Brees, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, was central to the Super Bowl title. He won the NFL MVP for the 2009 season. Toward the end of his career, the Saints remained effective. However, the Saints were at the butt end of a couple of memorable playoff games. One of the games is memorable for a fantastic play, the other is memorable in an infamous kind of way. 

In the 2017/18 NFL playoffs, the Saints seemed to have the Minnesota Vikings beat in the divisional round. However, the Vikings managed a play that has since been dubbed "The Minneapolis Miracle." On the last play of the game, the Vikings scored a 61-yard touchdown when Stephon Diggs caught a deep pass. The Saints' defender seemed to be more concerned with keeping Diggs in bounds but Diggs did not break for the sideline to try and stop the clock but instead broke for the end zone to give the Vikings a 29-24 victory as time expired. 

The 2018/19 NFL playoffs is remembered for a no-call in the NFC Conference Championship between the LA Rams and the New Orleans Saints. In fact, the game is called the NOLA no-call (NOLA stands for New Orleans, Louisiana). A clear-pass interference call in the fourth quarter went uncalled, a penalty that would have given the Saints a first-and-goal late in the game had it been called correctly.

The New Orleans Saints Player Personnel

  • Owner: Gayle Benson
  • President: Dennis Lauscha
  • Head coach: Dennis Allen
  • General manager: Mickey Loomis

Undeniably, the history of the team has been tricky. They started out like most expansion teams – full of losing records – and lost 11 of their 14 games in the inaugural season in the NFL. They tried and struggled, but the futility of this was evident to all – and they went from being known as the Saints to the "Aints" by some of their less than impressed and wholly unhappy fans. Some of these even attended the home games at the Louisiana Superdome with bags over their heads as a very visual reaction to the franchise’s apparent inability to be effective. 

Despite this apparent failure, two notable figures played for the Saints in the early days. Archie Manning, Eli's and Peyton's father, was one of the most popular players in the history of the franchise. He played the quarterback role of the team between 1972 until midway through the 1982/83 season. Tom Dempsey, who kicked a 63-yard game-winning field goal in 1970, was another popular player. At the time, the field goal was a record. 

One of their famous fan chants was adopted in 1983 – ‘Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?’. This chant, rooted in Southern culture led to the term ‘Who Dat’ becoming a byname for the Saints amongst its loyal fan base.

The New Orleans Saints Main Rivalries

The New Orleans Saints main rivals are:

The Atlanta Falcons

The New Orleans Saints most historic rivalry is with the Atlanta Falcons. Both of these NFL teams joined the league within one year of each other and both joined as expansion teams within the same division. As such, since 1967 when the New Orleans Saints joined, they have played each other twice every season. 

Heading into the 2023/24 NFL season, the two franchises are deadlocked at 54-54-0 in their all-time head-to-head series. The two teams will meet on November 26th, 2023, and on January 7th, 2024, in the upcoming regular season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Another developing rivalry is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who became a part of the NFC South Division in 2002 – thus becoming division rivals. In terms of head to head matches, the Saints have won 39 games compared to the Buccaneers’ 24 wins. 

Even as non-divisional rivals before 2002, they played each other quite regularly – in fact, between 1977 and 2001, there were only five seasons in which they didn’t have a head to head. There were even 12 consecutive years that they played each other, due to the scheduling system in place, which to this day remains a record for teams not in the same division to play each other. 

As non-divisional opponents, the Saints won 13 of their 20 matchups – and since becoming division rivals, it’s still the Saints with the edge. 

One of their most notable games as rivals was in 1997, which was Tampa Bay’s first-ever win after losing 26 consecutive games. When they met in the playoffs for the first time in January 2021, Tampa Bay beat the Saints 30-20, even though in both regular-season games it was the Saints that had won. 

The two teams are scheduled to meet twice in the upcoming NFL season. They will meet on October 1st, 2023, and then again on December 31st, 2023.

The Carolina Panthers

Another of the Saints’ divisional rivals are the Carolina Panthers, who have been in the same division since the Carolina Panthers joined as an expansion team in 1995 – first in NFC West and then in NFC South. Although it has been close, the Saints lead with a head to head advantage of 29 wins to the Panthers 28 wins, which includes a Wild Card round victory in 2017. 

On the road, the Panthers defeated the Saints every year from 2002 up until 2008 – seven consecutive seasons. There have also been some notable games between the two, including the 1996 Carolina Panthers win, that sparked Head Coach Jim Mora’s now-famous rant and resignation. There was also another Carolina win – beating the Saints 10-6 in the 2002 Season Finale at the Superdome, which knocked the Saints out of the playoffs. 

Another memorable moment was after the last game of the 2014 season when there was a fight between the players which spilt out into the entrance tunnel. Both teams received offsetting penalties but it was the Panthers that won the contest in the end 41-10. 

Other games of note include January 2018, when the two teams met in the NFL playoffs Wild Card Round, which was the first-ever playoff game between two NFC South teams since the division was created in 2002. 

The Saints will meet the Panthers in Week 2 of the 2023/24 NFL season, September 18th, 2023. They will also meet on December 10th, 2023.

Other rivals include the New England Patriots, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Las Vegas Raiders. Interestingly enough, the Saints nabbed the LA Raiders' starting quarterback over the offseason. New Orleans will look to Derek Carr to take them to the 2023/24 NFL season in what will be his first season with the franchise.

New Orleans Saints Facts

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New Orleans Saints Nicknames

  • The Black and Gold
  • The Dome Patrol
  • The Bless You Boys
  • The Who Dats

Championships Wins:

They have beaten the other NFL Clubs for Super Bowl Championships wins once:

  • 2009 - Super Bowl XLIV

NFL/NFC Conference Championships

In the New Orleans Saints franchise history, they have won the Conference Championships once:

  • 2009

Division Championships

The New Orleans Saints have won 9 division championships - 2 NFC West Division titles:

  • 1991
  • 2000

Plus the NFL team has won 7 NFC South Division titles:

  •  2006
  •  2009
  • 2011
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Playoff Berth Appearances

The New Orleans Saints clinched NFC playoff spots 14 times since they were first established:

1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

New Orleans Saints Home Fields

Since they were first created, the New Orleans Saints have had two home fields:

  • The Tulane Stadium between 1967 and 1974
  • Superdome between 1975 and 2004 then 2006 until present

They have also had several temporary stadiums, mainly due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005:

  • Tiger Stadium  for four games
  • Alamodome for three games
  • Giants Stadium for one game

Then due to the effects of Hurricane Ida in 2021, they have used:

  • TIAA Bank Field for one game.

New Orleans Saints Pro Football Hall of Famers

It's worth noting that up until Jackson Riley's selection in 2010, the players on the list hadn't earned their spots based on their performances with the New Orleans Saints - Jim Taylor was inducted mainly for his career with the Green Bay Packers, Doug Aitkins was inducted mainly for his career with the Chicago Bears and Earl Campbell was inducted mainly due to his career with the Houston Oilers.

Players

  • No. Player Position Dates Induction
  • 31 Jim Taylor FB 1967 1976
  • 81 Doug Atkins DE 1967–1969 1982
  • 35 Earl Campbell RB 1984–1985 1991
  • 57 Rickey Jackson LB 1981–1993 2010
  • 77 Willie Roaf OT 1993–2001 2012
  • 16 Ken Stabler QB 1982–1984 2016
  • 7 Morten Andersen K 1982–1994 2017

Coaches and Contributors

  • Name Position Seasons Inducted
  • Tom Fears Coach 1967–1970 1970
  • Mike Ditka Coach 1997–1999 1988
  • Jim Finks General manager 1986–1993 1995
  • Hank Stram Coach 1976–1977 2003
  • Dick Stanfel Coach 1980 2016

New Orleans Saints Most Valuable Player Awards

Here are all the Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP) received by New Orleans Saints players:

  • Season Player Position
  • 2009 Drew Brees QB

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