NEW ORLEANS -- Walking 10 blocks down Poydras to the Superdome late Saturday afternoon, this game had the feeling of a coronation. This city was on fire. No self-respecting pedestrian was without a Saints jersey, T-shirt, hat ... or beer. On the streets, being sold out of coolers by passersby. A real party scene, complete with a flatbed truck going by, playing U2's "The Saints Are Coming'' from the night the team came back to the rebuilt Superdome in 2006. In six hours, the Saints would be 14-0, and the party would move to the French Quarter.
Then the Dallas Cowboys played the game