The New Orleans Saints became the National Football League’s 16th franchise on November 1, 1966 which being All Saints Day gave the team their tag which applies to this day.
After a successful pre season where they won five out of six games they opened the regular season on Sept. 17, 1967 against the Los Angeles Rams in front of 80,879 fans in Tulane Stadium. Things started well when John Gilliam returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, but the Rams won the game 27-13 and the Saints ended their 1st season with a 3-11 record. The first 21 seasons of New Orleans history is notable only for their lack of success – they didn’t manage a single winning season during that whole time period and only got to 8-8 twice in 1979 & 1983. However they did manage one notable record when Tom Dempsey kicked a record 63-yard field goal in 1970 giving the Saints a last second win over Detroit. Despite this lack of success they remained well supported (thanks in part to their excellent pre match entertainment) and moved to a new home in 1975 vacating the Tulane Stadium for the Superdome.
Finally in 1987 under Coach Jim Mora, New Orleans finished 12-3 to take second place in the NFC West and then made the playoffs four times in six season’s between1987 to 1992 a run which included their first NFC West championship win in 1991.
Another form drought was to follow and up to the 2009 season they had only managed four more winning seasons in 2000, 2002, 2006 and of course 2009 when they lifted the Super Bowl beating the strongly fancied Indianapolis Colts.
New Orleans Saints Honours
Super Bowl Champions
NFC West: 1991, 2000
NFC South: 2006, 2009
NFL: 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2006, 2009