They bent but didn't break. An onside kick that went their way to start the second half, along with a late interception of Payton Manning for a Saints touchdown, contributed to New Orleans winning their first-ever Super Bowl.
Along the way 'Who Dat?' showed a truckload of heart and more than a little guts. They took chances that paid off, including a risky defensive blitz that caused the late interception.
Three years ago, the Saints home stadium was a temporary shelter for thousands of people made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Beams of light shot through the holes in the roof of the dome. Today, it might be the starting point of a city-wide celebration for fans who experienced a ton of losing seasons...and then finally broke through to the Big Win.
Congratulations to the Saints and the city of New Orleans. Final score: New Orleans 31 Indianapolis 17.