10) New Orleans Saints 2013
Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) shakes hands with Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) after the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Saints 23-15. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
2013 was a great year for the New Orleans Saints. Head Coach Sean Peyton was entering into his 7th season at the helm and was making his return to the sidelines after serving a one-year suspension for bounty gate. New Orleans improved their record from 7-9 in 2012 to 11-5 in 2013 and snuck into the playoffs as a wildcard team.
The Saints traveled to Philadelphia to play the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs and beat them, 26-24 to give the Saints’ franchise their first ever road playoff win. New Orleans then went on to play the would be super bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on the road and lost a close game, 23-15.
The Saints finished the year with a perfect 8-0 home record and sent four players to the pro bowl. This season was good enough to sneak into the top 10 as the 1oth best NFC South team in the division’s history.