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.
Founded in 1921, the Green Bay Packers are a professional football team based in Green Bay, WI who compete in the National Football League (NFL) in the NFC North division. They are the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States. The Packers play their home games at Lambeau Field in front of 82,000 fans.
The team was founded by Earl “Curly” Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun. Although Green Bay is by far the smallest major league professional sports market in North America, its local fan and media base extends 120 miles south into Milwaukee.
The Packers won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968 and were the only NFL team to defeat the American Football League (AFL) prior to the AFL–NFL merger. The Vince Lombardi Trophy is named after the Packers head coach of the same name, who guided them to their first two Super Bowls. Brett Favre, Willie Davis, Cal Hubbard, and Henry Jordan are a few of the NFL Hall of Famers to play in the Packers organization.