New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, in his 4th year as an NFL quarterback was featured on the December 24, 1989 issue of Game Day magazine. It was the final game of the 1989 NFL season and the Saints, despite being out of playoff contention, had just come off huge back-to-back upsets the previous 2 weeks against the Eagles and Bills. Slated against the Colts it was to be one of the most memorable games in Saints History. The Saints defense, ever dominating, held the Colts future Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson in check and gave up to no touchdowns to the Indianapolis offense. the Saints offense, on the other hand went wild. But it was not Hebert but backup QB John Fourcade that led the onslaught. New Orleans put up 41 points as Fourcade passed for 2 touchdowns and ran for another. Dalton Hilliard added another score on the ground and Saints Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen connected on 2 field goals.
And while they didn’t make post season play, the Saints did end the year with 9 victories. It marked the Saints third straight winning season. Pretty encouraging for a franchise that, until just a couple seasons prior, had never finished a year above .500.
This was, in reality, the last game of the 1980s decade for the Saints and it was indicative of a new era of Saints football. The “Aints” of the 70s and early 80s had finally transformed into a whole new calibre of football team. The Saints, spearheaded by the likes of The Dome Patrol and a more than capable offense entered the 1990s not as the doormats of the NFL, but as true competitors. Sure there would be low times ahead but times never seemed as bad as the days of the Bag Heads.