Through the past 40 years, a bar has always been a good place to watch a Saints playoff game. But the group of fans at Skeeters in Gulfport Sunday didn't come to drown their sorrows. Instead, they were there to celebrate their favorite team finally being so close to the Superbowl.
Pam Carter of Long Beach came with her family and lucky totems. She says the spirit of her departed brother will help to cheer on the team they've stuck by, through four decades of disappointment.
"Oh yes sir, he is with us," says Carter. "Him and my mom. My mom died right after Katrina, and she was a Saints fan too."
But unfortunately all the good luck and well wishes in the world couldn't get this amazing team of over achievers over that final hurdle. As the fates finally turned against them, Saints fans turned reflective on a season that fell just short of their hopes, but also far exceeded all expectations.
"We went from 3 and 13 to the NFC Championship," says Don Atwell of Gulfport. "It's a great game. You've got to be proud of them. Go Saints."
And maybe for the first time, even in losing, the New Orleans Saints gave their hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast fans something they've been needing, a belief that better days are ahead.
"We played awesome," says Ruth Lynch standing along side her son Bo. "We hadn't been here for 40 years. So it don't matter. Good or bad, we did great."
"We love the Saints," cheers Pam Carter. "No matter what they do. We love them."