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Since ’87, Saints have had great moments, and “worst moments”

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As we continue to look at the worst moments for each NFL team since the last work stoppage in 1987, the next team on the docket had nothing but worst moments from 1967 through 1987.

Beginning in 1987, things changed.  But, like every other NFL franchise, there have been low points.

On a special edition of PFT Live*, we list the top (bottom) four, and we run through a longer-than-expected list of bad-not-not-“worst”-moments.

Even if you’re not interested in learning about the lowlights of the New Orleans football franchise for the past 24 years, you’ll enjoy the extended Jim Mora (the elder) sound bit montage that opens the segment.

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29 Responses to “Since ’87, Saints have had great moments, and “worst moments””
  1. 504in860 says: Jun 21, 2011 5:12 PM

    Too bad the Saints didn’t have a real offense during the Jim Mora era…because that defense was NASTY!

  2. schmitty2 says: Jun 21, 2011 5:18 PM

    Why would a pic of Kyle Turley tossing a Jets helmet be considered a “worst moment”?

  3. stadanko says: Jun 21, 2011 5:27 PM

    Most Saints fans I know consider the Turley helmet throw to be in the top 5 best moments. It was justified if you watch what the defender did to his QB.

  4. hobartbaker says: Jun 21, 2011 5:39 PM

    Saints worst moment will come when they have to settle with St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Good luck explaining away that crooked NFL Championship game from two years ago.

  5. 504in860 says: Jun 21, 2011 6:20 PM

    hobartbaker says:
    Jun 21, 2011 5:39 PM
    Saints worst moment will come when they have to settle with St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Good luck explaining away that crooked NFL Championship game from two years ago.
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    Vikings fan? How come your cornballs always make excuses for losing NFC Championship Games? You did the same thing when the Giants killed you 41-0. Look on the bright side, the Saints saved you the embarrassment of being the first ever team to lose 5 Super Bowls.

  6. ehatem says: Jun 21, 2011 6:21 PM

    The Saints did have an offense during the Mora years. Its just they didn’t have an offensive coordinator. When drunk Cajuns in the nosebleed section of the Superdome can yell out what play your team is about to call, chances are the highly trained defensive coordinator on the other side of the field knows too. Good old Carl “Run, Run, Screen Pass, Punt” Smith. Put anyone else in his shoes and the Saints would have won Super Bowls. He makes a good college coach. But in the NFL? I can’t believe people keep hiring him. Current Seattle QB coach by the way.

  7. melonnhead says: Jun 21, 2011 6:50 PM

    Having to play in the Rapedome has to be a pretty bad series of moments.

  8. 504in860 says: Jun 21, 2011 7:07 PM

    I don’t know. Eric Martin was a very good wide receiver…who would catch just about everything, but he was slow as hell. The Saints just didn’t have much speed on offense…and barely a running game. I remember Mora being stubborn and never wanting to fire Carl Smith.

  9. cmack21 says: Jun 21, 2011 7:13 PM

    The ‘Aints still blow… Katrina fever is over and you guys have to go back to playing football again. We seen it in the playoffs last year… they just arent that good.

  10. 504in860 says: Jun 21, 2011 7:24 PM

    cmack21 says:
    Jun 21, 2011 7:13 PM
    The ‘Aints still blow… Katrina fever is over and you guys have to go back to playing football again. We seen it in the playoffs last year… they just arent that good.
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    Hahahaha. Bitter much? F*ck you and your team.

  11. 504in860 says: Jun 21, 2011 7:25 PM

    melonnhead says:
    Jun 21, 2011 6:50 PM
    Having to play in the Rapedome has to be a pretty bad series of moments.
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    You mean the newly renovated Superdome that will look better than other domes that are years younger? The one that will host yet another Super Bowl in 2013?

  12. dcviking says: Jun 21, 2011 8:06 PM

    504in860 says: Jun 21, 2011 7:25 PM

    melonnhead says:
    Jun 21, 2011 6:50 PM
    Having to play in the Rapedome has to be a pretty bad series of moments.
    ——————————————

    You mean the newly renovated Superdome that will look better than other domes that are years younger? The one that will host yet another Super Bowl in 2013?

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    Yup — the same one that showed the true spirit of New Orleans during Katrina…

  13. vikesfansteve says: Jun 21, 2011 8:06 PM

    Everyone knows the Saints were stopped short on 4th & 1 & then got a phantom P.I. to seal the win. The only one’s who dispute that are the Saints fans. The Saints players & coaches admit they were stopped by statements like the refs called it a first down. Also hit Favre high/low which resulted in an INT & that is clearly a penalty which the NFL even admitted in a oops letter to the Vikings. You got your SB win but it is tainted. Fair weather fans in NO anyway.

  14. dcviking says: Jun 21, 2011 8:08 PM

    But I guess as Vikings fan, I should take solice that what happened during the NFC championship will never be the screw job that took place inside the Superdome…

  15. 504in860 says: Jun 21, 2011 8:30 PM

    Aww…and did the Giants “steal signs” like your pathetic fanbase claimed they did in 1999?

    Just move to LA already.

  16. 504in860 says: Jun 21, 2011 8:41 PM

    DCViking:

    You live in a city with a horrible football team, and you root for another one.

    Talk about irrelevance.

  17. melonnhead says: Jun 21, 2011 9:56 PM

    You mean the newly renovated Superdome that will look better than other domes that are years younger? The one that will host yet another Super Bowl in 2013?

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    Yep, that’s the Raperdome I’m talking about! You know you can polish a turd for an entire day but at the end of the day it’s still gonna be a turd.

  18. 504in860 says: Jun 21, 2011 10:43 PM

    Yep, that’s the Raperdome I’m talking about! You know you can polish a turd for an entire day but at the end of the day it’s still gonna be a turd.
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    Much like your mom. Boom. Roasted.

  19. domehead says: Jun 21, 2011 10:45 PM

    Minnesota is a great place to visit and has good fans (in spite of some of the lower class ones making comments right now…but every team has those).
    But sorry Vikes, I was in the dome in 1988 for oure first playoff game when you crushed us 44-10. And watched on TV when you beat us again in the playoffs in 2001. Well…that’s just football.
    So I don’t have a lot of sympathy for winning in 2009 or for whatever it took us to do it.

  20. iplaybingowitholdpeopleandwin says: Jun 21, 2011 10:57 PM

    First of all, to all the Vikings fans that decided to post something on this blog-post: Your team lost the NFC Championship in 2009. They also lost the Super Bowl 1969, 1973, 1974, 1977. Please stop bringing up 2009 in 2011 or anytime thereafter.

    It’s a friggin’ game. It’s a friggin game that was played almost 2 years ago. Please stop complaining about it already. It’s gotten very old — like a woman who complains to any and everyone about her husband cheating on her. Get a divorce and move on.

    PFT should hold an intervention for you all because beating a dead horse isn’t going to bring it back. Please stop talking trash about coulda woulda shoulda been. It wasn’t and it didn’t. Please stop speculating.

    Second, Carl Smith’s offensive play calling was pathetic….we had a helluva team back then but the offense was so friggin predictable that there’s no wonder we had our tails whipped in the playoffs. Someone once said, if you do something well, keep doing it until your adversary stops you. Problem is that Carl never had a plan B, only Run, Run, Pass, Kick.

    Third, my dad used to say that Carl Smith was never fired because he’s Jim Mora’s brother-in-law. Rumor was that Benson told Mora to fire Smith but rather than incur Mrs. Mora’s wrath he resigned instead.

    Mora’s teams were fun to watch and we had a good run for a while, but if it took all the losing for us to win the big one vs Manning and the Colts, I, for one, think it was worth it.

  21. ehatem says: Jun 21, 2011 11:02 PM

    It still amazes me the bitterness of the Vikings fans about that loss and their unbelievably narrow-mindedness as to who is to blame. Five turnovers. FIVE. Some of the most horrible playcalling I’ve ever witnessed on a playing field. And the boneheaded 12 men on the field after a freaking time out. If you’re looking for a Saints fan to admit the Saints didn’t win that game, I’ll readily agree. I’m one and the Saints didn’t win that game. The Vikings lost it. Plain and simple. Chance after chance after chance to put it away. Chance after chance after chance to win it even with all their screw ups. And they didn’t get it done. Chilly cost that game for you guys more then all the questionable calls combined. But you guys kept him for another year even after all those idiotic decisions. How’d that turn out for you guys, anyway?

    And I wouldn’t be casting images on the Superdome if I were you guys. Thanks to a few snowflakes you can look forward to watching the LA Vikings in your near future. The Metrodome. I guess all your hot air you constantly blow from whining and complaining could only hold that roof up so long.

  22. fusion3450 says: Jun 21, 2011 11:19 PM

    everytime an article about the saints shows up the viking people come crying. you’re welcome to come on down here and take a pick with the lombardi trophy. you can even wear your viking jersey. but hey, good luck with tavaris jackson next year.

  23. redstar504 says: Jun 21, 2011 11:40 PM

    vikesfansteve says:
    Jun 21, 2011 8:06 PM
    Fair weather fans in NO anyway.
    _____________________

    I have to beg to differ on that one. Remember the Aint’s and folks wearing bags on their heads. The Saints have had years where the just one a game or two yet 80,000 people still showed up, albeit wearing bags but they still showed. This city always has supported its team, even if calling it the Aint’s and wearing bags on their heads.

    The Saints are like a mom to folks here, it is ok for us to talk about them, but outsiders better not say nothing.

  24. melonnhead says: Jun 22, 2011 12:27 AM

    Much like your mom. Boom. Roasted.

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    Mom jokes. Cute. Let’s get off of moms because hey, Michael Irvin just got off yours.

  25. pmars64 says: Jun 22, 2011 2:25 AM

    As a Saints fan, I have no bones about how the NFC title game went down in 09. If the Vikes had won the game the way the Saints did, I have no doubt Vikes fans would have loved every minute of it, especially if they beat the Colts afterward for their first SB title.

    No doubt, the Saints got a smile from lady luck in that game, but that’s how championships are won in this era. Name a champion in the last 10 years who didn’t benefit somewhere along the way from some fortunate calls, penalties, stars aligned right, or just plain stupidity by the other team. It’s the way it is.

    Hell, probably the best team in this decade didn’t even win the SB: the 2007 Patriots.

    But the 2001 Patriots certainly benefitted from the “tuck rule” and from Martz truly awful play-calling in the SB. The 2002 Bucs had a huge advantage over the Raiders with Gruden as their coach. The 2003 Patriots AFC title win is notorious for the mugging of Colts receivers that refs let go. Because of that game, the NFL changes pass defense rules. The 2004 Patriots had only to beat a rookie in the AFC title game and then watch Philly beat themselves in the first half of the SB. The 2005 Steelers certainly benefitted from the phantom holding call against Seattle and Palmer going down in the wildcard game didn’t hurt. The 2006 Colts beat Rex Grossman in the SB, nuf said. The 2007 Giants win was one of the all-time greats, but they were not the best team that year and certainly the Patriots arrogance (license rights to 19-0 before the game?!!?!) provided plenty of motivation. The 2008 Steelers were within a few seconds of one of the greatest collapses in NFL history after squandering that 4th Q lead in the SB and were clearly outplayed for much of that game. Wasn’t there at least one, maybe two illegal blocks on Harrison’s TD return? Also, they only had to beat an 8-8 Chargers team and a rookie QB to get to the SB. The 2010 Packers were lights-out in the playoffs, but needed help to get to the playoffs and needed Roethlisberger to play badly to win the SB. And who knows the outcome if Pittsburgh didn’t jetison Santonio, the 2008 SB MVP, before the season?

    And the 2009 Saints needed the Bears to upset the Vikes late in the season to hold onto home field. They played a Cardinals team that only had 5 days off after an epic OT playoff win over GB. The refs looked the other way on some of those Favre hits and the OT had some questionable calls.

    So what? Just about every other fan, including Vikes fans, would take that in a heartbeat to see their team win a championship.

  26. pmars64 says: Jun 22, 2011 2:36 AM

    Worst Saints since 1987:

    87: Playoff loss to Minnesota, 44-10
    88: Start season 7-1, 9-3, but miss playoffs at 10-6. Famous for Lawrence Taylor ESPN game.
    89: Blew double digit leads against Niners, Redskins, Rams, Packers, finished 9-7 and out of the playoffs. Famous for the Flipper Anderson game where he caught 330+ yards as Saints blew 14 points lead with 5 mins to go. Record still stands today.
    90: Roughed up Niners on opening MNF game, but lost on last sec FG because John Fourcade was awful at QB. Couldn’t hold late 4th Q leads against Falcons, Steelers.
    91: Started 7-0, 9-1, lost 4 straight, each with 4th Q leads. First time in NFL history to happen. Made playoffs, blow 4th Q lead to Falcons.
    92: Dominate Eagles in playoffs through 3 quarters, but give up 29 4th Q points (most in 4th Q post season history) to blow game. Thank god Oilers blow 35-3 lead to Buffalo earlier that day or Saints would have been the big story.
    93: Start 5-0, finish 8-8.

    There are plenty more.

  27. rcunningham says: Jun 22, 2011 2:38 AM

    I’m not bitter over the NFCG and I’m a Vikings fan.

    Don’t let a few people ruin it for the rest of us. No need to wish LA on us…

  28. cwmorga says: Jun 22, 2011 10:05 AM

    hobartbaker says:
    Jun 21, 2011 5:39 PM
    Saints worst moment will come when they have to settle with St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Good luck explaining away that crooked NFL Championship game from two years ago.

    melonnhead says:
    Jun 21, 2011 6:50 PM
    Having to play in the Rapedome has to be a pretty bad series of moments.

    cmack21 says: Jun 21, 2011 7:13 PM

    The ‘Aints still blow… Katrina fever is over and you guys have to go back to playing football again.

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    No wonder the Vikes are cursed. It’s karma for having such hateful, crybaby fans. It’ll be fun watching the Packers, Bears, and Lions kick the **** outta your team for the next decade or so.
    Rodgers, Cutler, Stafford…PONDER. LMAO!

  29. goawayeverybody says: Jun 30, 2011 12:15 AM

    There is no person on earth who is more delusional than a Vikings fan. I say that as a former Vikings fan who grew up in Minnesota. Many of my best friends are still Vikings fans. When it comes to football, they are still DELUSIONAL.

    No Vikings fan ever wants to own up to the mistakes that the Vikings make. Like 12 men in the huddle, for instance. Or the Favre interceptions. Etc etc etc….

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