34 Facts About New Orleans Saints


New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans.

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The Saints compete in the National Football League as a member of the league's National Football Conference South division.

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New Orleans Saints were among the NFL's least successful franchises in their first several decades, where they went 20 consecutive seasons without a winning record or qualifying for the playoffs.

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On January 17,2006, the Saints hired Sean Payton as their new head coach and, on March 14, signed former San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees to a six-year, $60 million deal.

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On March 23, the New Orleans Saints announced that the team's two 2006 preseason games were to be played at Shreveport, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi.

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New Orleans Saints announced that for the second year in a row, the Louisiana Superdome had sold out every ticket for the season.

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In one of these three games, against the Tennessee Titans, the New Orleans Saints lost running back Deuce McAllister for the season with his second career ACL tear.

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The New Orleans Saints became the first team to win a Super Bowl after losing its last three regular-season games.

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The New Orleans Saints won the NFC South title on December 26 and ended the 2011 season as the third seed in the NFC.

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New Orleans tied the NFL's postseason mark for team first downs in a game, and broke the record for total yards with 626, eclipsing the yardage record set 49 years ago.

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The New Orleans Saints lost in the Divisional round in the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers in Candlestick Park that featured the New Orleans Saints losing two leads in the last four minutes of regulation.

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New Orleans Saints had two scores, both coming against the Carolina Panthers and led all rookies in tackles.

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Canadian football star Delvin Breaux, who was signed in the off-season, led the New Orleans Saints struggling secondary with 3 interceptions and 19 pass deflections.

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The New Orleans Saints' turnaround was largely attributable to their draft, where they drafted cornerback Marshon Lattimore, offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk, safety Marcus Williams, and running back Alvin Kamara.

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New Orleans Saints's preference was for Mecom blue, a medium shade which was used by all of his other investments.

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New Orleans Saints switched to white pants in 1975, coinciding with the team's move from Tulane Stadium to the Superdome, and have worn white at home numerous times since then.

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From 1996 through 1998, the New Orleans 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 1999.

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The defining play of the game came with the New Orleans Saints clinging to a three-point lead with minutes to play.

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The New Orleans Saints punted to the Rams' Az-Zahir Hakim, who fumbled the punt deep in Rams' territory.

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In 2002, the New Orleans Saints wore black pants with their white jerseys, and gold pants with their black jerseys, a gold alternate jersey, and a 1967-style throwback uniform, complete with an accurate 1967-era helmet which featured a larger fleur-de-lis, a darker shade of gold and grey facemasks.

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In 2006, to honor their return to Louisiana, the New Orleans 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 1980s.

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New Orleans Saints originally planned to wear white jerseys at home for the 2006 season, but during the season, the players voted to wear the black jerseys at home after the second game.

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The New Orleans Saints later stuck with the black pants in their 2006 playoff run.

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Since 2008, the New Orleans Saints have worn white jerseys at home for preseason games and early regular-season home games.

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In 2012 and 2014, the New Orleans Saints wore black pants 12 times and wore gold pants 4 times.

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The New Orleans Saints first wore the uniform during Week 11 of that season against the Carolina Panthers on the road, and was worn on the road two more times thereafter.

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The New Orleans Saints wore their current white uniforms, but paired them with white pants minus any striping.

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In 2022, the New Orleans Saints unveiled an alternate black helmet, featuring a gold fleur-de-lis on each side and a triangle pattern of tiny gold fleur-de-lis logos.

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Since becoming division rivals, the New Orleans Saints have the edge in the series, winning 16 games to the Bucs' 10.

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New Orleans Saints have developed a strong rivalry with the Minnesota Vikings as they have met in many consequential regular-season and playoff games.

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Jim Finks' tenure as New Orleans Saints general manager was a significant factor in his selection.

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On October 9,2013, the New Orleans Saints announced the creation of a Ring of Honor to commemorate former players, administrators and individuals with significant contributions to the franchise.

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Longtime WWL-TV reporter and anchor Mike Hoss is the play-by-play announcer, with former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister as color commentator.

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Strief succeeded longtime play-by-play announcer Jim Henderson in 2018, and McAllister succeeded another former New Orleans Saints running back, Hokie Gajan, in the role after Gajan's death on April 11,2016, from liposarcoma.

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