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New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers: A Rivalry Forgotten

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The two things I remember growing up as a child in New Orleans was my Grandma and the Fleur-De-Lis.

As a native of New Orleans, I am a Saints fan to the bone.

I remember growing up hearing my father’s stories about how bad the Saints used to be and how we could never get ahead of the San Francisco 49ers.

This Saturday the Saints will travel to Candlestick Park to play the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional game; a match-up expected by at least one person on the 49ers team.

While many media analysts consider the explosive Saints favorites in the game, this certainly was not the case many years ago.

From 1970-2001, these two teams were both in the NFC West and their all time record was 45-22-1.

The Saints began fielding their first truly competitive team under Head Coach Jim Mora from 1987-1994.

The Saints finished 12-3 during Mora’s first season in 1987 and ended the year with a 9-game winning streak going into the play-offs.

They finished second in the NFC West behind the 49ers and were kicked out of the play-offs by the eventual Super Bowl runner-up Minnesota Vikings, 44-10.

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