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New Orleans Saints Moments: Ten Greatest Victories

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staton1Throughout their history, the Saints have given up big plays at the end of a game.

Too often the Saints couldn't come up with enough offense or defense to win as their opponents celebrated. But the 2009 Saints did all the things needed to win. Their offense, defense, and specials teams all contributed to the Saints Super Bowl victory over the Colts.

Turn back the clock with us as we remember the Saints' 10 greatest victories of all time.

No. 1: Feb. 7, 2010: Saints 31, Colts 17.  The Saints overcame a 10-point deficit  to win  Super Bowl XLIV in Miami Gardens, Fla.  Drew Brees was named the MVP as he completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards with two touchdowns and a  114.5  passer rating and tying the Super Bowl record for completions in a Super Bowl. Kicker Garrett Hartley became the first player in NFL history to boot three field goals of 40 or more yards in a Super Bowl. The Saints turned the game around when they recovered an onside kick to start the second and cornerback Tracy Porter intercepted a Peyton Manning pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to clinch the victory.

No. 2: Jan. 24, 2010: Saints 31, Vikings 28 (OT)  The Saints forced five turnovers and made enough plays in an overtime thriller to advance to the Super Bowl.  The Vikings had twice as many forth downs, 31-15, and made more than 200 yards, 475-257. The Vikings were 7-of-12 converting on third down while the Saints were just 3-of-12. Tracy Porter saved the Saints with an interception at the end of the game of regulation. The Saints won the game on Garrett Hartley's 40-yard field goal.

No. 3: Sept 25, 2006: Saints 23, Falcons 3.  This was the Saints' first in the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina and gave the Who Dats a sense of hope they sorely lacked in the past. Unheralded special teams player Curtis Deloatch with just a minute and 30 seconds into the game scooped up a punt blocked by Steve Gleason that gave the a 6-0 lead.  It was a special game featuring a sense of emotion that transcended sports, and the whole country got to watch it on a Monday night in September.

No. 4: Dec. 30, 2000: Saints 31, Rams 28. This was the Saints' first playoff win ever in the history of the franchise. It was the Saints' fifth playoff game and came against the “Greatest Show on Turf." The defending Super Bowl champions had Kurt Warner at quarterback and the Saints had Aaron Brooks. But somehow the Saints won the game The Saints opened up a 31-7 fourth-quarter lead before the Rams responded with three touchdowns in the final nine minutes to pull within three. But the Rams' comeback was too late and the Saints finally had a postseason victory to celebrate.

No. 5: Nov. 30, 2009: Saints 38, Patriots 17. This demolition of Bill Belichick's Patriots was the signature victory of their regular season. The Saints were getting to play the role of a hero on national television as 99.6 per cent of America was cheering for the Saints in this one. Tom Brady returned to the Superdome, the site of his miraculous upset of the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. Drew Brees had the greatest night of his career, completing 18 passes for 371 yards and five touchdowns and a 158.3 passer rating. The Saints didn't play this well again until they beat Arizona in the playoffs.

Victory No. 6, Nov. 8, 1970, Saints 17, Lions 16: With time running out in old Tulane Stadium, kicker Tom Dempsey booted an NFL record 63-yard field for the victory,  Jackie Burkett as the snapper and Joe Scarpati was the holder. The Lions' Wayne Walker said the kick was "made by God."  In the victors' locker room, quarterback Billy Kilmer said, "We can win them all now." This was J. D. Roberts' first game after replacing Tom Fears as head coach.

Victory No. 7: Oct. 28, 2001: Saints 34, Rams 31. The Rams blistered the Saints and rolled to a 34-6 lead at the break. The Saints stunned everyone with a 25-point third quarter, held off a furious Fourth-quarter rush and finally put the Rams away on John Carney's field goal with one second remaining to cap an exhilarating 34-31 victory.

Victory No. 8: Dec, `4, 1980,: Saints 21, Jets 20: This was the Saints' only win of the season.  It was snowing in New York's Shea Stadium but Archie Manning had an excellent day, Two short TD plunges by running back Tony Galbreath and a pass to running back Jack Holmes removed the monkey from the worst team in Saints history.  Referring to the 14-game losing streak, defensive tackle Derland Moore could only say and repeat," Thank God it's over." Dick Stanfel, who replaced Dick Nolan after he was fired, was jubilant: "It's the greatest win I've ever been in in my career." Bum Phillips replaced Stanfield before the start of the next season.

Victory No. 9: Dec. 22, 1991: Saints 27, Cardinals 3. After a quarter of a century, the Saints were Western Division champions. Fans had fun during this historic Saints win. The fans in New Orleans whooped it up as they caught the action on television. The parties started when the Saints took a 13-3 lead at halftime and continued into the night. Who Dat fever gripped the city. Thousands of fans waited at the airport for the return of the champs.  The Saints were jubilant to a point, but they had to play their old adversary, the Falcons, next in the playoffs. The Saints lost 27-20.

Victory No. 10, Nov. 5, 1967, Saints 31, Eagles 24. The Saints recorded their first victory against the Eagles as Flea Roberts scored three touchdowns before 59,596 at old Tulane Stadium. Cornerback Dave Whitsell ran his seventh interception back 41 yards for a touchdown. The Saints defeated the Redskins 30-14 to win up with a 3-11 record, which tied the record for a first-year franchise.

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