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New Orleans Saints (U.S.)

National Football League, NFC South

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   image from Pete Loeser, 16 December 2016

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Introduction: The Saints Franchise

The New Orleans Saints are an American professional team representing the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, since 1966. They play in the National Football Conference (NFC) South division, part of the National Football League (NFL). The Saints played their home games in Tulane Stadium between 1967-1974, but moved to the new finished Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 1975 where they played until 2004 and Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast region. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, although damaged, was used as an emergency temporary shelter for displaced residents leaving the Saints without a home field. In the 2005 season they played temporarily in the Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) for four games, the Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas) for three games, and in the New York Giants Stadium for one game. In 2006 they moved back into the repaired Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The early years for the Saints were dismal, but their fans refused to give up on them. It wouldn't be until 1987, almost twenty years later, that they would even have their first winning season and qualify for the NFL playoffs, which they lost in the first round. In 2000, the Saints returned to the playoffs and defeated the St. Louis Rams for their first-time-ever playoff win, but then lost in the next round. In 2006, they won their second playoff win before once again failing to advance. Finally, in 2009 their faithful fan's patience paid off, for the Saints won 13 games and advanced through the playoffs to play in Super Bowl XLIV, where they defeated the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts 31-17. As of the 2016 season, this remains the only Super Bowl game and divisional championships that they have ever won.
Note: Be aware that there are a host of manufacturer's variants of these and other fan flags being marketed for "Saints" fans. This includes garden flags, banners, and pennants.
Pete Loeser, 16 December 2016

Fan Flags

Saints Country Flag

   image from Pete Loeser, 16 December 2016

This "You're in Saints Country" Flag is a design being sold for all NFL teams with suitable logos and team colors.
Pete Loeser, 16 December 2016

New Orleans Saints Man Cave Style Flag

images from Pete Loeser, 16 December 2016

These popular Saints fan flags are for the "Man Cave." They are being made for most NFL teams using the same design but in different colors.
Pete Loeser, 16 December 2016

New Orleans Saints Helmet Style Flag

image from Pete Loeser, 26 July 2016

This helmet-style flag done in team colors is being made for most NFL teams and has become very popular.
Pete Loeser, 16 December 2016

Saints Allegiance Flags

Saints flag
image by Tomislav Todorovic, 5 February 2017
images by Pete Loeser, 16 December 2016

These have become a popular design for fans of many of the NFL teams. They refer to fans that have pledged their allegiance to their team.
The first is an interesting variant of the American national flag where in the canton the white stars of the national flag were replaced with 50 gold Fleur-de-lis, on a black field instead of blue. The 13 red and white stripes in the fly have been replaced with in the colors of New Orleans.
The second is a standard design used by many NFL teams, naturally with the proper team colors and logos.
Pete Loeser, 16 December 2016