Notably, this one was one of my favorite moments in Saints history. Jim Mora was the coach at the time. He was in his fourth year as the coach, and he was doing things that NO ONE has done before. Nonetheless, Mora had posted three winning seasons in a row. Before he arrived in the previous 20 years, there were ZERO WINNING SEASONS.
In reality, Jim Mora was the guy that started it all. Jim mora won, and he did it often. Expectations were soaring after the 9-7 record the year before. In addition, the Saints were in the playoffs just two years ago. Incidentally, things didn’t exactly go as planned. The Saints were standing at 6-8 late in the season. By the same token, the season wasn’t over just yet. The Saints won a big game against the 49ers to go to 7-8.
As a matter of fact, the season came down to Monday Night Football on New Year’s Eve. Think about that. First and foremost, the biggest party was about to happen in the city. Additionally, the Saints were vying for their second playoff berth. The scene was electric. Fans were on edge. Equally, the players had to be pumped for this. No doubt, that this game had an extra bonus to gain by beating their NFC West rivals the Los Angeles Rams.
The game was tight the whole way. The Saints never trailed. Be that as it may, the fans were still on edge. The Saints’ defense was stout. They lead 14-3 coming into the fourth quarter. In the meantime, the Rams started making plays. Eventually, the Rams tied it up late in the game 17-17. The Saints drove down the field to give kicker Morten Andersen a mere chip shot at 24 yards. The snap came in and the kick was BLOCKED.
Not again! It couldn’t be! Another sad ending. Actually, the football Gods were looking after us, as the Rams jumped offsides on the kick. Never give Andersen a second chance. The Saints won 20-17. The celebration went into the night into the next morning. The New Orleans Saints clinched a playoff spot on NEW YEARS EVE.