No matter when you became a New Orleans Saints fan, you can easily recollect the good, the bad, and the ugly moments that have happened in the franchise. Part of this week’s theme at SB Nation’s NFL brand is focusing on a ‘Where were you when’ something memorable occurred for each respective team that occurred after 1990. I couldn’t think of anything better than Garrett Hartley sending the Saints to the Super Bowl.
The setup needs little to no introduction, as the euphoria created from the game-winning field goal in overtime to beat the Vikings still sends chills down the spines. Tears of joys, embracing total strangers, a mass hysteria of high fives, and overall jubilation filled for the Superdome.
The videos say it all, filled with nothing but raw emotion. I recall being in Baton Rouge, LA at Buffalo Wild Wings as part of the three best friends that anyone can have. It was loud. It was much of what you see in the videos. It was incredible, to say the least.
We asked on Twitter and Facebook to share some of your stories and experiences, and selected some of the best ones.
The dome hugging strangers next to me— Andrew Juge (@AndrewJuge) July 31, 2018
In my seat section 117. Crying like a baby while Viking fan next to me was saying don’t cry honey, he made it...I know, that’s why I’m crying. It’s a Saints thing....they couldn’t understand. ❤️— JuBeaux (@JudyBoggan) July 30, 2018
Section 245 row 1, right of the play clock. I love watching that video. It never gets old. What a feeling of exuberance! Kids didn’t grasp the moment. Son turns to me and says, “can we go now?”— Michael Fein (@mikef3825) July 30, 2018
In my seat, Sec 121. Kick happened right in front of us. Lots of screaming and hugs. I was in tears but so were the grown men around me.— ⚜ Tina ⚜ (@thenolagirl) July 30, 2018
Sitting in 600 level, hands over my eyes. Couldn’t watch. Felt the weight of the world lifted off the shoulders of me and 76,000+ of my friends all at once. The joyous scene afterwards is something I will never forget. People of all ages, backgrounds & races celebrating together— Chris Hutchins (@Oduaiki1) July 30, 2018
I was in a South Dakota bar full of Vikings fans....in full Saints regalia....wondering if I could make it out alive— James Ezell (@Ezell_JamesP) July 30, 2018
The Saints would go on to win the Super Bowl, and the moment Tracy Porter picked off Peyton Manning to seal it for the black and gold deserves a real honorable mention. However, without Hartley’s kick, it wouldn’t have happened.
What were you doing when Garrett Hartley booted the Saints into the Super Bowl?