Feb 8, 2010 ; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (l), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (center), and Saints QB Drew Brees (r) share a laugh as they pose with the Lombardi Trophy in the interview room after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
February 7th, 2010. It’s a date that doesn’t have much meaning to the average person, but it holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Saints fans. On that blustery winter night in Miami, the New Orleans Saints accomplished the impossible, and secured the first ever Super Bowl win in franchise history.
It’s been over half a decade since that fateful evening.
The highs and lows of that game have faded from the memory and consciousness of most, but the banner reading: “World Champions” still hangs in the Superdome.
Additionally, the image of Drew Brees hoisting his young son triumphantly into a sea of falling confetti is permanently etched into the memory of not just Saints fans, but all NFL fans.
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However, before the Lombardi trophy was brought out, before Tom Benson and Sean Payton addressed Who Dat nation victoriously, a game was played.
This was no normal Super Bowl, it was a clash of heavyweights, two #1 seeds, both of which began their respective seasons 13-0, the first and only time this has happened in NFL history.
It took everything the Saints had to hold off Peyton Manning and the Colts, every ounce of will, determination and skill. This group left their hearts and souls on the field to bring a Championship back to New Orleans.
It was one of the most epic games in Super Bowl history, and it’s considered the greatest game in the 50-year history of the New Orleans Saints.
As we continue with our SAINTS AT 50 series honoring the Golden Anniversary of Pro Football in New Orleans, tonight we take a look at the 5 greatest moments from Super Bowl XLIV that stood out above the rest.
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