Super Bowl LXIV: New Orleans vs. Indianapolis
Forgive us for dispensing with journalistic even-handedness, but we're thrilled that the New Orleans Saints are in the Super Bowl.
After all our sister city to the east has been through, it deserves something good to happen. Since so many transplanted New Orleanians now live in Houston, the Saints are practically our team. And, besides, if a team once known as the 'Aints because they were so bad can make it to the Super Bowl, there's hope for the Texans.
The Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 on former Oklahoma kicker Garrett Hartley's 40-yard field goal in overtime to reach the first Super Bowl in its 43-year history.
CultureMapper Nic Phillips reports that the mood in the Crescent City before the game was electric as fans gathered at a VIP tailgate party featuring beer and oysters — this is after all, New Orleans — in the Louisiana Superdome parking garage. It was so loud inside the dome that the Minnesota Vikings linemen wore purple-shaded earplugs. But the crowd turned incredibly quiet as Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, who lives just down the road in Mississippi, led the Vikings toward what appeared to be a last-second field goal. However, Favre threw an interception with a few seconds left in regulation and the game went into overtime.
The Saints won the coin toss and drove down the field for the winning field goal.
As soon as the ball went through the uprights, Bourbon Street was jammed with revelers who celebrated like it was Mardi Gras. Bands played "When the Saints Coming Marching In" as partygoers danced in the streets and chanted, "Who dat say dey gon beat dem Saints?"
Let the good times roll!
The Saints will face off against the Indianapolis Colts in Miami on Feb. 7. Peyton Manning, who grew up in New Orleans, led the Colts over the New York Jets 30-17 to reach Super Bowl XLIV.