New Orleans Saints
Colours: Black and Gold
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Home City: New Orleans, Louisiana
Super Bowl wins: 1 (1 appearance)
Records over last 5 years: 55 wins, 25 losses, 4 playoff appearances (1 Super Bowl win)
Best Players: Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, Cam Jordan
Bio: Before current quarterback and coaching duo Drew Brees and Sean Payton came together in New Orleans in 2006, the franchise had produced only 5 seasons with a playoff appearance in 39 years. Under Brees and Payton, the team has made the playoffs 5 times in 8 seasons, winning a Super Bowl in the process.
The Saints are a great side to watch if you like a passing attack. There have been only 8 seasons in NFL history where a quarterback has thrown for over 5,000 yards in a single season, and Drew Brees put up four of those seasons, including the last three years back-to-back.
The Saints are connected with their community as much as any other sports franchise in the United States. When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, the city used the Mercedes-Benz Dome as a shelter. Afterwards, the team became just one of the many symbols for the city’s healing. After the Superdome’s reopening in the wake of Katrina, the stadium developed a reputation for being a difficult place for away teams to play. While all domed stadiums magnify the noise of the crowd, the Superdome is known to get particularly loud during games.Published 21 Jan 2014, 16:18 IST