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About The New Orleans Saints
Founded in 1967, the New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints are now members of the Southern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). They play their home games at the Louisiana Superdome and wear jerseys of gold, black, and white. The team gets their name from the Dixieland classic and team fight song, “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.”
Ever since its formation, it has been a continuous saga of struggle for the New Orleans Saints. They had to spend over a decade before finally ending a season with a .500 record and two decades before having a winning season. The Saints had their best times from 1987-1992, when they made the playoffs four times. In the 2000 season, they defeated the St. Louis Rams in dramatic fashion for their only playoff victory.
Due to the severe destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans area, the Saints' 2005 home games had to be divided between the Alamo dome in San Antonio, Texas, and LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Unfortunately, the Saints are now one of three teams, along with Jacksonville and Houston never to have played in either a Super Bowl or any other NFL Championship Game. They are the oldest franchise with that ‘distinction,’ and that too by about 30 years.
After joining the NFL as an expansion team in 1967, the Saints averaged only four wins per season from 1967 to 1978. During the most of this period, the team was led by Archie Manning, who bagged the NFL player of the year award in 1978. There was a moment to cherish for the Saints in 1970, when kicker Tom Dempsey fashioned a 19-17 upset of the Detroit Lions with a 63-yard field goal—the longest in NFL history.
It was under head coach Jim Mora that the Saints achieved their first winning record and their first playoff appearance in 1987. Mora, who was named NFL coach of the year, was instrumental in guiding the Saints to three consecutive trips to the postseason from 1990 to 1992. The Saints’ had a strong defense in 1990 and 1991, led by one of the best linebacker units in the league.
In 1992 linebackers Rickey Jackson, Vaughn Johnson, Sam Mills, and Pat Swilling all played in the Pro Bowl and the Saints led the league in quarterback sacks. Still, the team lost in the first round each time it reached the playoffs. After the 1996 season, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka replaced Mora only to get the boot at the end of the 1999 season.