Saints united Louisiana
However, something happened once the real season started. The men in black and gold began winning. They played a Monday Night Football game to reopen the Super Dome and beat the hated Falcons.
All of a sudden there was talk of the playoffs. The new guys actually performed as advertised. The entire state looked at the Saints as an example about what could happen if a team - or community, city or state — worked together as one: you could overcome adversity and come back stronger than ever.