NFL Network debuts “Rebirth in New Orleans” tonight, a look back at the Saints’ return to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The 2005 Saints went 3-13 and played their home games in San Antonio while the Superdome was rebuilt. In 2006, behind a new coach (Sean Payton) and a new quarterback (Drew Brees) the Saints opened with two road victories before returning home for an emotional Monday Night game against the Falcons. Steve Gleason blocked a punt to ignite a 23-3 win. The Saints continued to march from there, eventually finishing 10-6 and winning the NFC South.
New Orleans then defeated Philadelphia in the divisional playoffs to reach the NFC Championship Game for the first time. The Saints fell to the Bears one stop short of the Super Bowl but the foundation was set for a consistent winner, culminating with a Super Bowl win three seasons later.