On this day: September 25th, 2006

 

A Monday Night nobody will ever forget

Steve Gleason blocks Michael Koenen’s punt

Let’s take a journey back to 2006

• The social media site Twitter is launched
• The Iraqi Tribunal sentences Saddam Hussein to death by hanging
• The DaVinci Code and The Departed clean up at the box office
• The New Orleans Saints return to their beloved Super Dome and demolish the Falcons in front of a raucous crowd on MNF

Because of Hurricane Katrina, the Saints were unable to play a single home game in 2005. The start of the 2006 season saw the Saints pull off back to back road wins setting up a home opener against Michael Vick’s Falcons on Monday Night Football.

This would be the first Saints home game played at the Super Dome since 2004.

The crowd was sold out. 70,000+ strong. The stadium was rocking. ESPN had drawn in its 2nd largest audience ever at the time. There was definitely something in the air that night. You could feel it. I could feel it and I was thousands of miles away sitting in my living room watching on my 19″ tube.

The Saints smothered the Falcons on their opening possession and Atlanta promptly went 3 and out sending the crowd into a frenzy. As the Falcons went to punt, Steve Gleason broke through the middle of the Atlanta line and blocked the kick. Curtis Deloatch recovered it in the end zone and it was 7-0 Saints less than 2 minutes into the game.

It might as well have been 77-0.

Football is a game of emotions. It’s 90% mental and 10% physical. The Saints were riding so high with emotions that they would’ve beat the ’85 Bears that night.

Atlanta never found it’s rhythm offensively and managed just 3 points. The Saints controlled the clock and the game and built a 20-3 lead by half before coasting to a final score of 23-3.

 

 

(Side note: Joe, I, and a friend all picked Atlanta in our survivor pool. There are dumb picks and then there are picks like this. What can ya say?)

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