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Jim Henderson: Such a night

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It was "such a night, such a night" Sunday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It was one of the nights that, if you were a Saints fan in attendance, you will count among the most memorable that you have witnessed.

That's saying a lot -- that a victory which made the Saints the second-to-last team to win its first game this season should be so.

But the way the game was won and the circumstances under which it was played made this 300th victory in the franchise's history one to be forever stored in the record book and the memory bank.

There were so many threads to be woven into the tapestry of this one:  Drew and Johnny U.; Sean and Joe and Mickey together again for the first time in a setting where they could contribute nothing more than their presence, which may have been enough; Robert Meachem's coming-out party as a Charger, at his former team's expense, the Saints tempted to  give a game ball to Melvin Ingram for roughing their passer, negating a return of the resulting interception for a Charger touchdown that would have given San Diego a 17-point lead and instead inspiring the Saints to score the last 17 points of the game.

Drew took one on the chin.  His former team took one in the shorts on the short end of the most lop-sided Saints win in the series history by a scant 7 points.

Sunday night's win may not have reversed the course of this season.  Logic says it probably didn't.  But the beauty of sports is that logic can often be defied, as Saints fans now can hope that it will be again.

With a fifth consecutive loss to open the season, there would have been little reason to hope that it would.  It was one the Saints simply had to have and they did what they had to do to get it.

In their four straight losses, the Saints couldn't make a crucial play with the game on the line to change the outcome.    

But Sunday night, they finally finished. 

And now -- just maybe -- the season can finally get started.

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