A vintage New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV plate tag. After waiting for 43 years, the patience of long-suffering fans in the Gulf Coast region was finally rewarded. The New Orleans Saints, long the symbol of football futility, enjoyed the greatest year in franchise history. They posted the team’s best-ever regular-season record, then earned their first-ever trip to the Super Bowl. The Saints then completed a storybook finish by upsetting the favored Colts to claim their first Vince Lombardi Trophy. Relive the thrilling moments of the 2009 season.