The Saints’ 10 best games on ‘Monday Night Football’

The Saints' Marques Colston, left, celebrates his 20-yard touchdown pass with Pierre Thomas during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
The Saints' Marques Colston, left, celebrates his 20-yard touchdown pass with Pierre Thomas during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

1: Sept. 25, 2006, Superdome: Saints 23, Falcons 3

In what might be the most emotional night in New Orleans sports history, the Saints re-opened the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina and Steve Gleason sparked the win with a blocked punt recovered for a touchdown by Curtis Deloach.

2: Dec. 26, 2011, Superdome: Saints 45, Falcons 16

Drew Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, passing Dan Marino for the most passing yards in one season. Brees’ 9-yard scoring pass to Darren Sproles eclipsed Marino’s record of 5,084 set in 1984.

3: Sept. 19, 2005, Giants Stadium: Giants 27, Saints 10

The game was scheduled to be played a day earlier in New Orleans, but Hurricane Katrina rendered the Superdome unplayable. The NFL shifted the game into prime time at Giants Stadium and designated it a home game for the Saints. The game was uneventful, but it deserves a lofty ranking from a historical perspective.

4: Dec. 31, 1990, Superdome: Saints 20, Rams 17

Morten Andersen kicked a 24-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining to even the Saints’ record at 8-8 and clinch a wildcard berth in the NFC playoffs. Quarterback Steve Walsh, who was acquired from Dallas in September, led the Saints in the absence of contract holdout Bobby Hebert.

5: Nov. 30, 2009, Superdome: Saints 38, Patriots 17

In Game 11 of the Saints’ Super Bowl season, the contest became so lopsided that Patriots coach Bill Belichick pulled quarterback Tom Brady and inserted backup Brian Hoyer with 5 minutes remaining. Drew Brees threw five TD passes and finished with a perfect 158.3 passer rating.

6: Nov. 24, 2008, Superdome: Saints 51, Packers 29

Drew Brees carved up the Packers’ secondary and outdueled Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, completing 20 of 26 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns for a near-perfect 157.5 passer rating.

7: Dec. 16, 1991, Superdome: Saints 27, Raiders 0

The Dome Patrol dominated, limiting the Raiders to 117 yards (71 rushing, 46 passing), six first downs and only four snaps inside the New Orleans 50. It was the Saints’ second shutout en route to winning the NFC West with an 11-5 mark.

8: Sept. 20, 2010, Candlestick Park: Saints 25, 49ers 22

Reggie Bush suffered a broken right leg, but the Saints emerged victorious on Garrett Hartley’s 37-yard field goal as time expired. Hartley’s kick went through the uprights despite being deflected by 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald.

9: Dec. 3, 1979, Superdome: Raiders 42, Saints 35

On the same night Chuck Muncie became the Saints’ first 1,000-yard rusher, future Saints quarterback Kenny Stabler led the Raiders back from a 35-14, second-quarter deficit.

10: Oct. 6, 2008, Superdome: Vikings 30, Saints 27

In what arguably might have been Reggie Bush’s finest hour in New Orleans, he returned two punts for touchdowns (71, 64) in a span of 6 minutes and accounted for 269 all-purpose yards in a losing effort.