Synopsis Introduction On a stifling September day 1967, John Gilliam returned the first kickoff in New Orleans Saints history 94-yards for a touchdown to the roaring approval of 80,879 fans at Tulane Stadium. It was an auspicious beginning to a franchise that has known far more downs than ups in the intervening 43 years. Sundays of frustration and heartache, of bag heads and Aints, of good teams producing playoff losses did not weaken the bonds between a feisty city and a struggling franchise. Even Katrina, which chased the team from the Superdome and led to angry worries that the Saints would try to bolt forever, instead signaled a new beginning. A new head coach in Sean Payton. A new quarterback in Drew Brees. A sold-out season. And in 2006, the team s first try for the NFC championship. The pieces of an elite team were finally coming together. But it was a 40-yard field goal from the right hash mark of the Superdome in the NFC championship against the Vikings on Jan. 24, 2010, that gave the fans what they always dreamed for: a spot in the Super Bowl. And for a city that thought it couldn t get any better, Drew Brees dominating performance over the Colts brought a long-suffering city its first NFL championship. Take a bow, Saints. Take a bow, Who Dat fans.
- ☛ 160 pages of full-color photos, stats and columns by the staff of The Times-Picayune
- ☛ Includes 12 pages of Super Bowl coverage
- ☛ A must-have item for any die-hard Saints fan!
- ☛ Defining moments of the entire football season, leading up to the Super Bowl
- ☛ Relive the event that led the Saints to topple the Colts
- Binding: Hardcover
- Brand: Brand: The Times-Picayune, LLC
- Product Group: Book
- Product Type Name: BOOKS_1973_AND_LATER
- Manufacturer: The Times-Picayune, LLC
- Publication Date: 2010
- ISBN: 0984454217
- Publisher: The Times-Picayune, LLC
- Studio: The Times-Picayune, LLC
- Number Of Pages: 160