New Orleans - Home of Champions

New Orleans' sports history is rich. As early as 1859, amateur baseball leagues sprung up in the Crescent City.

In 1870, baseball's first spring training camp was held in New Orleans when the Chicago White Stockings ventured there in May to play the touring Cincinnati Red Stockings and ended up staying for several weeks.

The New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, and even the Boston Red Sox have all called New Orleans home for Spring Training at least once. But football and basketball are the two sports that have called the Big Easy home when their big games were being played.

Since 1970, there have been 16 separate years where a champion of some sort has been crowned in New Orleans. Nine Super Bowl winners, two BCS National Champions, four Final Four winners, and an Arena Bowl champion have all been crowned in the Big Easy.

See how many of these football gems you remember.


Super Bowl IV January 12, 1970 Tulane Stadium

Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7

The Chiefs, then still part of the AFL, were led by Len Dawson's 12-of-17 passing day. In addition to limiting the Vikings to 67 yards rushing, Kansas City picked off three errant passes and recovered two fumbles.

A record crowd of 80,562 watched the game, which produced gross receipts totaling $3,817,872.69.

Super Bowl VI January 17, 1972 Tulane Stadium

Dallas 24, Miami 3

The Cowboys rushed for 252 yards and held a team without a touchdown for the first time in Super Bowl history.

Larry Csonka's first fumble of the season led to a field goal for Dallas, which took a 10-3 lead into halftime. An eight-play, 71-yard drive to begin the second half all but assured victory, but it was sealed early in the fourth when Bob Griese was intercepted. The ball was returned to the Miami 9-yard line before Roger Staubach hit Mike Ditka on a 7-yard touchdown pass .

Super Bowl IX January 13, 1975 Tulane Stadium

Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6

At halftime, the Steelers led 2-0, thanks to Dwight White's sack of Fran Tarkenton with 7:49 to go in the second quarter. Pittsburgh forced a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half and hardly looked back.

Franco Harris caught three consecutive passes on the Steelers' ensuing drive, including a 9-yard toss for a touchdown, but the Vikings would soon after block a punt and recover in the Pittsburgh end zone to pull within three. Terry Bradshaw led an 11-play, 66-yard drive to build on the Steelers' advantage, and Harris would finish the day with 34 carries for 158 yards.

Super Bowl XII January 16, 1978 Superdome

Dallas 27, Denver 10

The Cowboys improved their Super Bowl record to 2-2 in front of a crowd of 75,583 in the Dome and another 102,010,000 television viewers, the largest audience ever to watch a sporting event.

By halftime, Dallas had converted two interceptions into 10 points and held a 13-0 lead. The Cowboys put the game away for good when running back Robert Newhouse threw a 29-yard touchdown to Golden Richards with 7:04 left in the fourth quarter.

Super Bowl XV January 26, 1981 Superdome

Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10

Jim Plunkett threw three touchdown passes, including an 80-yard bullet to Kenny King to mark the first time a wild-card team won the Super Bowl. The Raiders held a 14-0 lead at the end of the first period.

The Eagles simply couldn't rally after falling so far behind so fast and mustered only a field goal and a Ron Jaworski touchdown pass to Keith Krepfle.

Super Bowl XX January 27, 1986 Superdome

Chicago 46, New England 10

The Bears shuffled on through, won their first NFL title since 1963, and scored a then-Super Bowl record 46 points. Chicago's defense recorded seven sacks in the process, another Super Bowl record, and held the Patriots to just 7 rushing yards.

New England actually took the lead just 1:19 into the game courtesy of a Larry McGrew fumble, but Chicago responded with 23 unanswered points to close out the first half and held a 236 to minus-19 advantage in offensive output. The second half was about as ugly, and Mike Ditka became the second man to win a ring as a player and as a coach.

Super Bowl XXIV January 29, 1990 Superdome

San Francisco 55, Denver 10

The 49ers broke the Super Bowl scoring record set by Chicago in Super Bowl XX and held a 27-3 lead at halftime over the Broncos after scoring on four of their six first-half possessions.

Joe Montana was named MVP after completing 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and a Super Bowl-record five touchdowns. On the other side of the field, John Elway was intercepted on Denver's first two possessions of the second half.

Super Bowl XXXI January 27, 1997 Superdome

Green Bay 35, New England 21

Brett Favre passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, while Desmond Howard returned a kickoff 99 yards to lead the Packers to their first Super Bowl win in 29 years.

Down 27-14, the Patriots pulled within a score when Curtis Martin rushed into the end zone from 18 yards out with 3:27 to go in the third quarter. Unfortunately for New England, Howard returned the ensuing kickoff for a score, and a two-point conversion pushed the advantage to 14 points.

Reggie White netted a Super Bowl-record three sacks and Drew Bledsoe was intercepted four times.

Super Bowl XXXVI February 4, 2002 Superdome

New England 20, St. Louis 17

Adam Vinatieri kicked a 48-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to hand the Patriots their first Super Bowl victory, despite the fact they were outgained by the Rams offensively, 427-267. New England converted three turnovers into 17 points, however, while failing to cough up the ball once.

St. Louis tied the game with 1:30 to go in regulation when Kurt Warner hit Ricky Proehl on a 26-yard pass. Not to be outdone, Tom Brady led the Patriots down the field without any timeouts and spiked the ball at the Rams 30-yard line with seven seconds left to set up Vinatieri's kick.

BCS National Championship Games

1999 Season January 4, 2000 Superdome

Florida State 46, Virginia Tech 29

Peter Warrick had six catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns for the Seminoles as Florida State eventually shut down the Hokies freshman quarterback Michael Vick.

Chris Weinke, the Seminoles' 27-year-old quarterback, completed 20 of 34 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns. Vick threw for 225 yards and a touchdown and ran for an additional 97 yards and a score.

Florida State earned its first crystal ball one year after falling to Tennessee in the very first BCS Championship Game.

2003 Season January 4, 2004 Superdome

LSU 21, Oklahoma 14

Marcus Spears intercepted a pass from Heisman Trophy winner Jason White and returned it 20 yards for a score on the second play of the third quarter to give the Tigers a 21-7 lead. The Sooners would not relent, however, and mounted a comeback that pulled them within seven points with over 11 minutes remaining in regulation.

Oklahoma had two more real chances, but Jessie Daniels tipped a White pass away in the end zone on fourth down and Lionel Turner sacked the Sooners' hobbled starter on fourth-and-10 a possession later to seal the victory.

The final play of the game was a Donnie Jones punt that ran the last nine seconds off of the clock.

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