Although this initially generated a lot of excitement among Saints fans, Ditka's tenure ended up being a failure. The Saints went 6—10 in their first two seasons under Ditka and During the NFL Draft , Ditka traded all of his picks for that season, as well as the first-round and third-round picks for the following season, to the Washington Redskins in order to draft University of Texas Heisman Trophy running back Ricky Williams in the first round.

Ditka and Williams had a mock wedding picture taken to commemorate the occasion. However, Ditka, most of his coaching staff, and general manager Bill Kuharich were fired at the end of the season due to the club's 3—13 record.

Jim Haslett held the post from to In his first year, he took the team to the playoffs and defeated the defending Super Bowl champion St.

Louis Rams for the team's first ever playoff win. The team lost the following week to the Minnesota Vikings. The Saints failed to make the playoffs in and , although in the latter year they had the distinction of beating the eventual Super Bowl XXXVII champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in both of their regular season meetings, only the second team to do so in NFL history.

In , the Saints again missed the playoffs after finishing 8—8. The season started poorly for the Saints , as they went 2—4 through their first six games and 4—8 through their first twelve games.

At that point Haslett's job appeared to be in jeopardy; however, he managed to win the three straight games leading up to the season finale, leaving the Saints in playoff contention in the final week of the season.

In week 17, the Saints defeated division rivals Carolina ; however, the Saints needed other results to break their way and when the St. Louis Rams beat the New York Jets the Saints were eliminated despite having beaten the Rams, who finished with the same record.

The Rams, Saints, and Vikings all were 8—8, with the Rams having a 7—5 conference record, Saints 6—6, and the Vikings 5—7. The Rams received the 1 wild-card due to having the best conference record out of the three, followed by the Vikings due to the 38—31 loss handed to the Saints in Week 6.

Haslett was fired after the season , in which the Saints finished 3—13 and did not play any regular season games in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina. On January 17, , the Saints hired Sean Payton as their new head coach.

On March 23, the Saints announced that the team's two preseason games were to be played at Shreveport, Louisiana , and Jackson, Mississippi. On September 19, Saints owner Tom Benson announced that the team had sold out the Louisiana Superdome for the entire season with season tickets alone 68, seats , a first in franchise history.

The September 25, home opener, the first home game in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina , was won by the Saints 23—3 against the Atlanta Falcons , who were undefeated in the season at that time.

The attendance for the game was a sellout crowd of 70, Meanwhile, the broadcast of the game was ESPN 's highest-ever rated program to date, with an It was the most-watched program for the night, broadcast or cable, and was the second-highest rated cable program of all time at the time.

Sean Payton became the second consecutive Saints coach to win a division title in his first season. After the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 23—7 on Christmas Day , the Saints clinched a first-round playoff bye for the first time in franchise history.

After the first-round bye, the Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27—24 in the Superdome in the Divisional Playoffs. No team had ever had such a poor record in the prior year 3—13 and then gone on to a league or conference championship game since the St.

Louis Rams who advanced to win their first Super Bowl after being 4—12 the season before. Since the Saints' only previous playoff win was in the wild card round, this was the farthest the Saints had ever advanced at the time.

The victory was only the second playoff win in team history. The Saints announced that for the second year in a row, the Louisiana Superdome had sold out every ticket for the season.

The Saints lost this game, 41—10, and lost their next three games. In one of these three games, against the Tennessee Titans , the Saints lost running back Deuce McAllister for the season with his second career second time in three seasons ACL tear.

After winning their first game, against the Seattle Seahawks , two weeks later, the team went on a four-game winning streak to bring their record to an even 4—4.

After reaching 7—7, the Saints lost their final two games to finish 7—9. Following a disappointing 7—9 record in the season, the Saints ended the season 8—8.

Failing to qualify for the post season for the second straight year, the Saints found themselves struggling on defense. However, the Saints would match the explosive offense they had in the season.

Drew Brees ended the season just 16 yards short of beating Dan Marino 's single-season record of total passing yards, and receiver Lance Moore came 72 yards short of his first yard season.

The season was the team's most successful season, which culminated in the franchise's first league championship win against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

After achieving a record of 13—0 with their win over the Atlanta Falcons , it marked the Saints' best start to a season in its franchise history.

The result clinched an NFC playoff berth, a bye in the first round of the playoffs. By winning their first 13 games, the Saints also set the record for the longest undefeated season opening 13—0 by an NFC team since the AFL—NFL merger , surpassing the previous record 12—0 held by the Chicago Bears.

However, they would fall victim to the Dallas Cowboys in week 14, going on to end the season with a three-game losing streak.

The Saints became the first team to win a Super Bowl after losing its last three regular season games. Television ratings for Super Bowl XLIV 44 were the highest for any TV program, sports or otherwise, in history, [20] as their successful bid to win the Super Bowl was seen by many to represent the city's resurgence after the devastating Hurricane Katrina.

On December 27, , with a 17—14 win against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta the Saints clinched a playoff appearance wild card.

This marked the first time a team in the NFC South had made back-to-back playoff appearances since the division was formed in The Seahawks were the first NFL team to capture their division with a sub-.

Drew Brees completed a postseason-record 39 passes for yards and two touchdowns. Despite throwing 60 passes and hindered by a lack of depth at running back, last year's Super Bowl MVP was not intercepted and rallied the Saints within 34—30 in the fourth quarter.

In the end, his efforts were negated by a defense that could not get enough stops and a late touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch breaking over a half-dozen tackles with left which helped the Seahawks defeat the Saints 41— The Saints began their season with a loss against the Green Bay Packers , but the team rebounded for the next four weeks to bring their record to 4—1.

A loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought the record to 4—2, but the team bounced back with a 62—7 blowout win against the struggling Indianapolis Colts.

A surprise loss to the St. Louis Rams resulted in the record dropping to 5—3. To cap off the season, quarterback Drew Brees broke the single season passing record held for over 25 years, on the way to a Saints division winning game.

They finished with a 13—3 record, beating Carolina 45—17 and also giving running back Darren Sproles the record for most all-purpose yards in a single season. The team broke numerous records that year including most yards in a season, completion percentage, yards passing, completions and more.

New Orleans also tied the NFL's postseason mark for team first downs in a game 34 , and broke the record for total yards with , eclipsing the yardage record set 49 years ago.

A game that was considered an instant classic by many as the game saw numerous lead changes in the final four minutes of play.

After an off-season dominated by news of the bounty scandal and the year-long suspension of head coach Sean Payton , the Saints sought to refocus on football and produce yet another winning year.

Instead, the team, led by offensive line coach Aaron Kromer for its first six games, started the season with four straight losses and a last place spot in the NFC South. The team finally broke through with a win in Week 5, against the San Diego Chargers, a game that also saw quarterback Drew Brees break Johnny Unitas's longstanding record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

After their scheduled bye, the Saints went on to win 4 of their next 5 games, to bring their record to an even 5—5. Joe Vitt returned after his six-game suspension to serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

The team failed to hold its momentum, however, and lost the next three games, including a loss at Atlanta that also marked the end of Brees' record touchdown streak after 54 games, and a 52—27 blowout loss to the Giants that dropped the Saints to 5—8.

Despite winning 2 of their last 3 games, and Brees again leading the league with 5, passing yards his third time to surpass 5, yards, as he remained the only quarterback to break that barrier more than once , the team finished tied for last in the NFC South, at 7—9.

The Saints defense allowed 7, yards, setting an NFL record. The Saints fared well against Chicago, Arizona and Miami, winning 26—18, 31—7 and 38—17 respectively, but needed a 4th down shutdown and a last-minute field goal to escape Atlanta and Tampa Bay.

The Saints went on a 5—0 win streak, but were stopped short by the New England Patriots in Week 6, losing 30—27, with a touchdown pass by Tom Brady in the last 5 seconds of the game.

New Orleans would go undefeated at home for the second straight season with Sean Payton as the head coach, but finish just 3—5 on the road.

Key losses included a 7—34 blowout against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football in Seattle which cost them homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, a 16—27 upset against the St.

Louis Rams in St. Louis which led to the Saints needing to win their next game against Carolina to control their own playoff destiny, and a heartbreaking 13—17 defeat to their division rival the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte who went on to win the NFC South.

The Saints finished the season with an 11—5 record and earned a wild card berth as the sixth seed in the NFC.

On January 4, , the Saints recorded their first road playoff win in franchise history over the Philadelphia Eagles 26— The weather conditions were very poor, which gave the offense much difficulty.

Despite the conditions, the defense of the Saints played well, holding Seattle to just 23 over the 34 points allowed against Seattle during the regular season.

The Saints finished the season 7—9, second in their division behind the 7—8—1 Carolina Panthers. They missed out on the playoffs after being defeated 14—30 by their divisional rival, the Atlanta Falcons, in the second-to-last week of the season.

This season was notorious in Saints history for having the 31st worst ranked defense in the league, which is one of the main reasons for the Saints poor campaign. The only two great performances by the defense out of the entire season came from a 44—23 home win against the Green Bay Packers and a 31—15 victory against the Chicago Bears in Chicago.

The Saints finished with a 7—9 record for the second consecutive season. Their defense was historically bad. They allowed the most passing touchdowns in a season in NFL history as they allowed 45, effectively making them the worst passing defense in NFL history.

They also set the NFL record in opposing passer rating Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired near the half-way point in the season and was replaced by senior defensive assistant Dennis Allen.

The Saints first pick Andrus Peat started at right tackle and left guard at certain points in the season, and other first-round pick Stephone Anthony finished his rookie season with tackles, one sack, one interception, and two forced fumbles.

He had two scores, both coming against the Carolina Panthers and led all rookies in tackles. Second-round pick Hau'oli Kikaha had 4 sacks.

Canadian football star Delvin Breaux , who was signed in the off-season, led the Saints struggling secondary with 3 interceptions and 19 pass deflections. After a lengthy investigation conducted by the National Football League 's security department, the league alleged on March 2, , that 22 to 27 defensive players on the New Orleans Saints maintained a "pay for performance" program that included "bounty" payments administered by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams during the , , and seasons.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated, "The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for 'performance,' but also for injuring opposing players.

The league also said that Mickey Loomis , the Saints' general manager, was directed to end the program by owner Tom Benson , but actually did not. The memo released to NFL teams found Payton and Loomis guilty of "conduct detrimental" to the league.

On March 3, , Benson addressed the bounty payments controversy on the Saints' website, stating, "I have been made aware of the NFL's findings relative to the "Bounty Rule" and how it relates to our club.

I have offered and the NFL has received our full cooperation in their investigation. While the findings may be troubling, we look forward to putting this behind us and winning more championships in the future for our fans.

On March 21, , Commissioner Goodell announced that, as a result of the bounty scandal and the NFL's investigation, Sean Payton has been suspended for one year, Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, and Mickey Loomis was suspended for the first eight regular season games.

Payton's suspension was effective on April 1, , and all the suspensions were without pay. Goodell was particularly upset, that the Saints had lied about the scheme on two separate investigations.

Most of the players who were the targets of questionable hits by the Saints, including Favre and Warner, claimed that the bounties were merely part of the game. However, on July 26, , Jonathan Vilma and seven other witnesses from the Saints testified in front of a federal judge in New Orleans that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell got his facts wrong in the bounty scandal.

I ask that you and ESPN report the facts. No more bias or b. I gave you facts that you can report if so choose. Tulane University Sports Law Program Director Gabe Feldman who attended the hearing in court said, "Clearly the judge, by her questions, indicated she thinks Goodell overstepped his authority, and this case was always going to be about if he executed his power fairly The NFL's retort is that with all due deference, you don't get to second guess commissioner Roger Goodell.

Judges only have limited jurisdiction over arbitration issues. Saints All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees made a controversial tweet on June 20, , stating, "If NFL fans were told there were 'weapons of mass destruction' enough times, they'd believe it.

But what happens when you don't find any???? Merely an analogy to show how media influences public perception. Especially our military. There is no one I respect more than our service men and women.

On March 15, , the Saints' owner Tom Benson died from flu at the age of 90 after he was hospitalized on February 16, Black, along with old gold and white, has always been one of the team colors, but it was not the first choice of original majority owner John W.

His preference was for Mecom blue, a medium shade which was used by all of his other investments. The NFL office, however, informed him that his proposed combination too closely resembled that worn by the San Diego Chargers.

Although the Chargers were members of the AFL, the older league did not want to offend its soon-to-be partner so soon after the merger. Mecom settled on black as the primary color as a nod to his financial involvement in the petroleum industry.

Except for minor modifications, the Saints' logo and uniforms have basically remained the same since the club debuted in The team's logo is a fleur-de-lis a symbol of the City of New Orleans and of France's Royal Family , which included the House of Bourbon , while its uniform design consists of gold helmets, gold pants, and either black or white jerseys.

Minor changes to the uniform stripes and trim have been made throughout the years. The team wore black helmets during the preseason, but NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle barred the Saints from using the helmets during the regular season, since Mecom did not notify the league office of the change.

Black helmets have never been introduced since, not even as an alternate helmet prior to , when the NFL began to require teams to use only one helmet shell per season. The Saints predominantly wore white at home when the club played at Tulane Stadium from through except in and , forcing opponents to suffer in their darker jerseys in the subtropical climate of New Orleans.

When the surface at Tulane Stadium switched from natural grass to PolyTurf in , field temperatures became hotter still. The heavily favored Rams wilted in the stifling heat, and the Saints claimed their first-ever victory over their NFC West rivals, 24—20, on Manning's one-yard quarterback sneak on the last play of the game.

The Saints switched to white pants in , coinciding with the team's move from Tulane Stadium to the Superdome, and have worn white at home numerous times since then.

One year later, they started to wear black pants with their white jerseys, a move influenced by coach Hank Stram, who introduced red pants to the Kansas City Chiefs ' uniforms in In an October 3, home game against the Houston Oilers , Hank Stram used the Saints' road uniforms, the white jerseys and black pants.

The Saints lost that game 31— During the —82 seasons Bum Phillips ' first two seasons as coach , the team wore white jerseys with black pants at home, but reverted to the black jerseys and white pants for They reverted to wearing gold pants with both their black and white jerseys in under new coach Jim E.

From through , the sleeves of the jerseys and sides of the pants featured a logo with a fleur-de-lis inside an outline of the state of Louisiana with the location of New Orleans marked with a star in the state outline.

The logo replaced the striping pattern that had been on the uniforms since the team's inception; save for color variations, the striping pattern was similar to that used by the Washington Redskins until , Green Bay Packers until , and Cleveland Browns until , which is likely why the change was made.

That logo was removed in and replaced with a fleur-de-lis on both the sleeves and sides of the pants. From through , the Saints returned to gold numbers on both the white and black jerseys, but complaints about the numbers on the white jerseys being too difficult to read forced the numbers on the white jerseys to be changed to black in The Saints wore black pants with a wide gold stripe with their white jerseys in , but following a 3—13 season and the dismissal of coach Mike Ditka , the black pants were mothballed by new coach Jim Haslett.

In , the Saints won their first playoff game as they hosted the St. Louis Rams , and after having a better road record than home record, they wore their white jerseys, and won 31—28 over the defending champion Rams.

The defining play of the game came with the Saints clinging to a three-point lead with minutes to play. The Saints punted to the Rams' Az-Zahir Hakim who would play one season for the Saints in , who fumbled the punt deep in Rams' territory.

Brian Milne recovered for the Saints, who then ran out the clock to preserve the victory. In , they wore their white jerseys in the first six home games. During that same year, they primarily wore black pants with both their white and black jerseys.

They became the first NFL team to wear all-black uniforms in a week 5 road game against the Carolina Panthers , and again in weeks 16 and 17 in home games against the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers ; the Saints were outscored 78—10 in the final two contests to end a 7—9 campaign.

In , the Saints wore black pants with their white jerseys except for the final road game, a 20—13 loss in Cincinnati when they went back to the gold pants , and gold pants with their black jerseys, a gold alternate jersey, and a style throwback uniform, complete with an accurate era helmet which featured a larger fleur-de-lis, a darker shade of gold and grey facemasks.

But one season later, they stopped using the alternates and again reverted to wearing gold pants with both their black and white jerseys. The team introduced a gold alternate jersey worn with the black pants during a December 15, game versus the Minnesota Vikings , a 32—31 loss, but have never worn them since then.

Because of the metallic gold's bright color, the gold jerseys were considered the "light" jersey in the game, so the Vikings wore their purple home jerseys as the "dark" colored team.

The only exception being if both teams are wearing throwback uniforms, such as Thanksgiving Classic games.

From through , the New England Patriots had a "light" jersey their alternate, a bright metallic silver that is not white in which the other team would wear their colored, or "dark" jerseys against them since the third jersey rule was implemented in the NFL in The Saints also introduced a style throwback uniform in a 23—20 win on December 1, , against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This uniform was not worn again until a 40—33 win against the Houston Texans on September 25, , and also on November 6, , against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 27—16 Saints win.

However, the throwbacks use the current-helmet, meaning the shades of gold on the helmet and jersey do not match. In , to honor their return to Louisiana, the Saints wore a patch on their uniforms with an outline of the State of Louisiana with a fleur-de-lis superimposed, similar to the logo from the s.

The Saints originally planned to wear white jerseys at home for the season, but during the season, the players voted to wear the black jerseys at home after the second game. Since the team had informed the NFL office that they planned to wear white jerseys at home, each of the Saints' remaining home opponents would have to agree to New Orleans' request.

The Atlanta Falcons , Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals did not agree to the switch, forcing the Saints to wear white jerseys for those games. Starting in week 13 of the season, the Saints wore black pants with the black jerseys against the San Francisco 49ers, and in a Week 16 game in The Meadowlands against the New York Giants a 30—7 Saints win , the Saints wore the black pants with their road white jerseys.

The Saints later stuck with the black pants in their playoff run. Since , the Saints have worn white jerseys at home for preseason games and early regular season home games.

In , the Saints wore the black pants only once, beating St. Louis 28— In , the Saints wore black pants 12 times and wore gold pants 4 times. In , gold pants were used only 7 times including playoffs.

The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the Saints' home stadium. It has a listed seating capacity of 76, expanded or 73, not expanded. The Saints own a perfect record there against the Houston Texans 2—0 and Jacksonville Jaguars 3—0 , but a winless one against the Baltimore Ravens 0—2.

The Saints' oldest rival are the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons lead the rivalry series 52— The two clubs joined the NFL within a year of each other as expansion teams and have played each other twice a season since the Saints joined the league in The teams actually played each other quite often as non-division rivals.

Between and , there were only five years in which the teams did not play. This includes 12 years in a row from to — all as a result of the scheduling formulas in place prior to this remains a record for most consecutive years in which two teams not from the same division met each other.

The Saints won 13 of 20 games as non-division opponents. Since becoming division rivals, the Saints have the edge in the series, winning 16 games to the Bucs' One notable pre-division game is a matchup that resulted in Tampa Bay's first win in franchise history coming against New Orleans after previously starting out 0—26 overall.

The Saints and the Carolina Panthers have been minor rivals since Carolina joined the league as an expansion franchise in This series has been extremely close.

As of December 17, , the series are tied 24— Carolina defeated New Orleans on the road every year from to , a streak of seven seasons.

Notable games include Carolina's 19—7 home victory in that sparked Saints head coach Jim Mora 's infamous "Diddley Poo" rant and resignation from the team, Carolina's 10—6 win in the season finale at the Superdome to knock the Saints out of the playoffs, and the emotional season opener at Carolina where the Saints won 23—20 in the face of Hurricane Katrina and an eventual 3—13 season.

In their last game in the NFL season , a fight between players broke out in the end zone and spilled out into the tunnel entrance after a Cam Newton touchdown, with Panther's tight end Brandon Williams getting ejected and both teams receiving offsetting penalties.

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The heavily favored Rams wilted in the stifling heat, and the Saints claimed their first-ever victory over their NFC West rivals, 24—20, on Manning's one-yard quarterback sneak on the last play of the game.

The Saints switched to white pants in , coinciding with the team's move from Tulane Stadium to the Superdome, and have worn white at home numerous times since then.

One year later, they started to wear black pants with their white jerseys, a move influenced by coach Hank Stram, who introduced red pants to the Kansas City Chiefs ' uniforms in In an October 3, home game against the Houston Oilers , Hank Stram used the Saints' road uniforms, the white jerseys and black pants.

The Saints lost that game 31— During the —82 seasons Bum Phillips ' first two seasons as coach , the team wore white jerseys with black pants at home, but reverted to the black jerseys and white pants for They reverted to wearing gold pants with both their black and white jerseys in under new coach Jim E.

From through , the sleeves of the jerseys and sides of the pants featured a logo with a fleur-de-lis inside an outline of the state of Louisiana with the location of New Orleans marked with a star in the state outline.

The logo replaced the striping pattern that had been on the uniforms since the team's inception; save for color variations, the striping pattern was similar to that used by the Washington Redskins until , Green Bay Packers until , and Cleveland Browns until , which is likely why the change was made.

That logo was removed in and replaced with a fleur-de-lis on both the sleeves and sides of the pants. From through , the Saints returned to gold numbers on both the white and black jerseys, but complaints about the numbers on the white jerseys being too difficult to read forced the numbers on the white jerseys to be changed to black in The Saints wore black pants with a wide gold stripe with their white jerseys in , but following a 3—13 season and the dismissal of coach Mike Ditka , the black pants were mothballed by new coach Jim Haslett.

In , the Saints won their first playoff game as they hosted the St. Louis Rams , and after having a better road record than home record, they wore their white jerseys, and won 31—28 over the defending champion Rams.

The defining play of the game came with the Saints clinging to a three-point lead with minutes to play. The Saints punted to the Rams' Az-Zahir Hakim who would play one season for the Saints in , who fumbled the punt deep in Rams' territory.

Brian Milne recovered for the Saints, who then ran out the clock to preserve the victory. In , they wore their white jerseys in the first six home games.

During that same year, they primarily wore black pants with both their white and black jerseys. They became the first NFL team to wear all-black uniforms in a week 5 road game against the Carolina Panthers , and again in weeks 16 and 17 in home games against the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers ; the Saints were outscored 78—10 in the final two contests to end a 7—9 campaign.

In , the Saints wore black pants with their white jerseys except for the final road game, a 20—13 loss in Cincinnati when they went back to the gold pants , and gold pants with their black jerseys, a gold alternate jersey, and a style throwback uniform, complete with an accurate era helmet which featured a larger fleur-de-lis, a darker shade of gold and grey facemasks.

But one season later, they stopped using the alternates and again reverted to wearing gold pants with both their black and white jerseys. The team introduced a gold alternate jersey worn with the black pants during a December 15, game versus the Minnesota Vikings , a 32—31 loss, but have never worn them since then.

Because of the metallic gold's bright color, the gold jerseys were considered the "light" jersey in the game, so the Vikings wore their purple home jerseys as the "dark" colored team.

The only exception being if both teams are wearing throwback uniforms, such as Thanksgiving Classic games. From through , the New England Patriots had a "light" jersey their alternate, a bright metallic silver that is not white in which the other team would wear their colored, or "dark" jerseys against them since the third jersey rule was implemented in the NFL in The Saints also introduced a style throwback uniform in a 23—20 win on December 1, , against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This uniform was not worn again until a 40—33 win against the Houston Texans on September 25, , and also on November 6, , against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 27—16 Saints win.

However, the throwbacks use the current-helmet, meaning the shades of gold on the helmet and jersey do not match. In , to honor their return to Louisiana, the Saints wore a patch on their uniforms with an outline of the State of Louisiana with a fleur-de-lis superimposed, similar to the logo from the s.

The Saints originally planned to wear white jerseys at home for the season, but during the season, the players voted to wear the black jerseys at home after the second game.

Since the team had informed the NFL office that they planned to wear white jerseys at home, each of the Saints' remaining home opponents would have to agree to New Orleans' request.

The Atlanta Falcons , Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals did not agree to the switch, forcing the Saints to wear white jerseys for those games.

Starting in week 13 of the season, the Saints wore black pants with the black jerseys against the San Francisco 49ers, and in a Week 16 game in The Meadowlands against the New York Giants a 30—7 Saints win , the Saints wore the black pants with their road white jerseys.

The Saints later stuck with the black pants in their playoff run. Since , the Saints have worn white jerseys at home for preseason games and early regular season home games. In , the Saints wore the black pants only once, beating St.

Louis 28— In , the Saints wore black pants 12 times and wore gold pants 4 times. In , gold pants were used only 7 times including playoffs. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the Saints' home stadium.

It has a listed seating capacity of 76, expanded or 73, not expanded. The Saints own a perfect record there against the Houston Texans 2—0 and Jacksonville Jaguars 3—0 , but a winless one against the Baltimore Ravens 0—2.

The Saints' oldest rival are the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons lead the rivalry series 52— The two clubs joined the NFL within a year of each other as expansion teams and have played each other twice a season since the Saints joined the league in The teams actually played each other quite often as non-division rivals.

Between and , there were only five years in which the teams did not play. This includes 12 years in a row from to — all as a result of the scheduling formulas in place prior to this remains a record for most consecutive years in which two teams not from the same division met each other.

The Saints won 13 of 20 games as non-division opponents. Since becoming division rivals, the Saints have the edge in the series, winning 16 games to the Bucs' One notable pre-division game is a matchup that resulted in Tampa Bay's first win in franchise history coming against New Orleans after previously starting out 0—26 overall.

The Saints and the Carolina Panthers have been minor rivals since Carolina joined the league as an expansion franchise in This series has been extremely close.

As of December 17, , the series are tied 24— Carolina defeated New Orleans on the road every year from to , a streak of seven seasons. Notable games include Carolina's 19—7 home victory in that sparked Saints head coach Jim Mora 's infamous "Diddley Poo" rant and resignation from the team, Carolina's 10—6 win in the season finale at the Superdome to knock the Saints out of the playoffs, and the emotional season opener at Carolina where the Saints won 23—20 in the face of Hurricane Katrina and an eventual 3—13 season.

In their last game in the NFL season , a fight between players broke out in the end zone and spilled out into the tunnel entrance after a Cam Newton touchdown, with Panther's tight end Brandon Williams getting ejected and both teams receiving offsetting penalties.

The Panthers won the contest 41—10, with early turnovers by the Saints being a factor in the blowout. It was the first ever playoff game between NFC South teams since the division's formation in The Saints beat the Panthers 31—26, thus eliminating Carolina.

The rivalry has been heated since then. Until the selection of Rickey Jackson in , there had been no players in the Hall of Fame who earned their credentials primarily as Saints; the others were chosen for their work with previous teams.

When offensive tackle Willie Roaf was selected in , he became the second Saint to earn his Hall of Fame credentials mostly while in New Orleans.

Andersen was only the second full-time placekicker inducted into the Hall of Fame. The following Saints players have been named to at least one Pro Bowl :.

On October 9, , the Saints announced the creation of a Ring of Honor to commemorate former players, administrators and individuals with significant contributions to the franchise.

The players are chosen in a vote by the Hall of Fame media selection committee, which includes local and regional media members who cover the Saints now or did so in the past.

The Saintsations are the cheerleading squad for the Saints. A cheerleading squad has existed since the franchise's founding but the current name was only adopted in Strief succeeded longtime play-by-play announcer Jim Henderson in , and McAllister succeeded another former Saints running back, Hokie Gajan , in the role after Gajan's death on April 11, , from liposarcoma.

Most preseason games are televised by WVUE Channel 8 , a station which has been owned by a consortium led by Saints owner Tom Benson since mid, and, as the Fox affiliate for New Orleans, carries the majority of Saints games; both stations also carry a heavy complement of coach and player shows.

Tim Brando and Jon Stinchcomb call the preseason games for the Saints. Saints preseason games were previously produced by Cox Sports Television. Beginning in the season, owing to Raycom Media 's management of the station on behalf of Tom Benson's ownership group, production of preseason telecasts were taken over by Raycom Sports under a new multi-year deal, and syndicated to Raycom stations and others around the team's footprint.

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Tulane University Sports Law Program Director Gabe Feldman who attended the hearing in court said, "Clearly the judge, by her questions, indicated she thinks Goodell overstepped his authority, and this case was always going to be about if he executed his power fairly Afternoon Wrap for Thursday, June Latest Videos. Jun 25, - pm. Black, along with old gold and white, has always been one of the team colors, but it was not the first choice of original majority owner John W. The Saints defense allowed 7, yards, setting an NFL record.

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Jonathan Vilma [48]. Jun 18, - am. Black helmets have where are the saints playing been introduced since, where are the saints playing check this out as an alternate helmet prior where are the saints playing click to see more, when the NFL began to require teams to use only one helmet shell per season. The Saints also introduced a style throwback uniform in a 23—20 win on December 1,against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Will Smith [47]. They reverted to wearing gold pants with both their black and white jerseys in under new coach Jim E. November 2, Tim Brando and Jon Stinchcomb call the preseason games for the Saints. Published Jul 14, at pm Updated Jul 15, at am.

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Williams joined several teammates at safety Marcus Williams' recent football ssints. Benedict, but God where are the saints playing to her prayer more … Sqints More. Inthe Saints lost their where are the saints playing 14 games, prompting local sportscaster More info "Buddy D" Diliberto to advise Saints supporters to wear paper bags over their heads at the team's home games; many bags rendered the club's name as the "' Aints " rather than the "Saints. Online Form. The memo released to NFL teams found Payton and Loomis guilty of "conduct detrimental" to the league. If you were offered a million dollars in return for giving up your Catholic faith, would you? Search for:. Spokane Daily Chronicle.

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