En route to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history, the Saints did it the hard way.
For the first time in NFL history, a team advanced to and won the Super Bowl by defeating three teams led by Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.
In the divisional round, the Saints knocked off — and ended the career of — Kurt Warner. In the NFC Championship, the Saints took down — and possibly ended the career of — Brett Favre.
And in the Super Bowl, the Saints defeated the son of the man who was the only bright spot for the franchise during years of darkness.
Against Warner, Favre, and Peyton Manning, the Saints allowed only two touchdown passes, and generated four interceptions.
So congratulations to the Saints. It was an amazing conclusion to an amazing season.