Formed in 1960, the New England Patriots are a professional football team based in Foxborough, MA. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the AFC East division against rivals Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in front of 66,000 football fans. An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues. The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. Jim Lee Hunt, Bruce Armstrong, John Hannah, and Steve Nelson are just a few of the Pro Football Hall of Famers to play for the franchise over the years.
Founded in 1967, the New Orleans Saints are a professional football team based in New Orleans, LA. The Saints compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the NFC South division against rivals Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The name “Saints” is an allusion to November 1 being All Saints Day in the Catholic faith, New Orleans’ large Catholic population, and the spiritual “When the Saints Go Marching In”, which is strongly associated with New Orleans and often sung by fans at games. For most of their first 20 years, the Saints were barely competitive, only getting to .500 twice. In 1987, they finished 12–3—their first-ever winning season—and qualified for the NFL playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The 2009 season was a historic one for the Saints. Winning a franchise-record 13 games, they qualified for Super Bowl XLIV and defeated the AFC champion Indianapolis Colts 31–17. To date, it is the only Super Bowl championship that they have won, and as it is the only Super Bowl the Saints have appeared in.