The New Orleans Saints had a memorable season, finishing 11-5 and being a few plays away from potentially playing in the NFC Championship.
Behind one of the greatest turnarounds in recent memory, this team overcame the 7-9 2012 season and the year-long suspension of Sean Payton for his involvement in Bountygate. Behind incredible play by Drew Brees and the defense, the Saints had a great rebound season. Here are the five best moments of the 2013 Saints season.
5. Saints top Falcons in week 1 after goal-line stand
New Orleans hosted the Atlanta Falcons to kick off the season, hoping to defeat their biggest foe to kickstart a fresh new season that included the return of Sean Payton.
Drew Brees led the way with 341 yards and two touchdowns, while the Saints defense, which was historically the worst ever just a year ago, held Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ prolific offense to just 17 points, including a game-ending interception in the Saints’ endzone on fourth down by Roman Harper to ice the game.
This was a great moment because with Payton back and the Saints hoping to put a terrible 2012 season behind them, they defeated the top seed in the NFC just a year ago in thrilling fashion.