Things went pretty well the last time the Patriots played in the Louisiana Superdome.
That was Super Bowl XXXVI, when New England stunned the St. Louis Rams 20-17 for the first NFL title in franchise history.
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“You never forget that day,” Tom Brady told reporters Wednesday. “That was pretty unbelievable for all of us.”
U2 won’t be playing at halftime tonight, and there won’t be a championship on the line. But the Pats need a win over the undefeated New Orleans Saints to regain some of the glory that came along with that historic victory back in 2002.
New England (7-3) is playing an unbeaten foe for the second time in three weeks — the last was Indianapolis, and you know how that went.
With plenty of question marks remaining on the defensive side of the ball, a strong showing in front of a national television audience would secure the Pats’ spot in the Super Bowl XLIV conversation.
New Orleans (10-0), meanwhile, is looking a lot like the 2007 Pats — the only team to run the table in a 16-game regular season. They’re leading the league in scoring average (36.9 per game), and quarterback Drew Brees has a 105.8 passer rating.