In 2013, the New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 to win Super Bowl XLIV. It was the franchise's first NFL Championship. The Super Bowl victory was a huge boon to the city of New Orleans who was still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Even when fans didn't have a place to live or work they still bought New Orleans Saints tickets and supported their team. During their Super Bowl run, Saints fans became renowned for saying "Who dat? Who dat? Who dat sayin dey gonna beat dem Saints?" For NFL fans outside of the Big Easy, the Saints' Super Bowl victory was simply jaw-dropping—the "Aints" actually won the Super Bowl!
The Saints entered the NFL as an expansion team in 1967 and for decades they were the epitome of how NOT to run a franchise in the National Football League. It took New Orleans Saints football 21 seasons to reach the playoffs. During that time, the team won five or fewer games 15 times. It took the Saints 34 seasons to win a playoff game. They defeated the Rams 31-28 in the 2000 NFC Wild Card game. It took the Saints 40 seasons to reach a conference championship game. The "Bless You Boys" reached the 2006 NFC Championship game only to lose to the Chicago Bears, 39-14.
The New Orleans Saints logo is a fleur-de-lis. It's also the symbol of the City of New Orleans. The franchise is named after the song "When the Saints Go Marching In." The "Black and Gold" play their home games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and are aligned in the South Division of the NFC.
Every year on the New Orleans Saints schedule are two games against their division mates the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While all three of those teams are the Saints rivals, the team's oldest and fiercest rivalry is with the Falcons. Some of the all-time great Falcons include Drew Brees, Archie Manning, George Rogers, William Roaf, La'Roi Glover, Rickey Jackson, and Morten Andersen.