- Super Bowl Championships: 1
- Last Super Bowl Championship: Super Bowl 44
- Claim to Fame: In his time with the Saints, Drew Brees has logged five 5,000-yard seasons through the air. There are only nine of such seasons in league history
- Claim to Shame: It took the Saints 21 years to finally achieve their first winning season; their 20 straight seasons without a winning record is an NFL record
In 1966, the New Orleans Saints become the league’s 16th franchise. When the team began play in 1967, John Gilliam brought back a 94-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff of their first regular season game.
Unfortunately, the team would be mostly irrelevant until the late 1980s and didn’t win a division title until 1991. After a 12-4 record in 1992, the Saints would only have one more winning year (2000) until 2006.
But 2006 marked the start of a new era in New Orleans. Still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city was looking for hope and rookie head coach Sean Payton and newly acquired QB Drew Brees more than delivered.
The Saints won their first game in the newly repaired stadium, Brees led the league in passing, the team finished the regular season 10-6, and won the second playoff game in franchise history.
Only a few years later (2009), the Saints appeared in their first Super Bowl, where they would defeat the Colts 31-17.
With Brees and Payton still around, the Saints had a successful 2017 season, winning the NFC South with a 11-5 record (9-7 ATS). But the season will mostly be remembered for the heartbreak they suffered in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
New Orleans was just ten seconds away from going to the NFC Championship, but a massive defensive blunder helped Stefon Diggs create what is now known as the Minneapolis Miracle – the first ever walk-off win in NFL playoff history.
The Saints boasted a passing and rushing offense which ranked fifth in yards/game. Their defense was middle of the pack ranking 17th in yards/game. Brees continued to defy Father Time by finishing fourth in passing yards and 11th in passing TDs.
Running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara set a record as the first RB tandem to both reach 1,500 yards from scrimmage.
The offseason saw the Saints stay relatively quiet, but they did bring back TE Benjamin Watson whom last played in New Orleans in 2015, and moved up in the 2018 NFL Draft to selected DE Marcus Davenport 14th-overall out of UT San Antonio.