New Orleans Saints fans voted the team's preseason home opener against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots as the team's preseason contest they are most excited about on a poll on NewOrleansSaints.com last week.
The Saints face the Patriots on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 pm CT in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Patriots contest earned 59 percent of the 1,604 votes. The poll results of the other 3 contests: at Green Bay Packers on Sept. 3 (22 percent), vs Houston Texans on Aug. 30 (14%) and at Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 13 (6%).
The Saints-Patriots game will mark the first time that the Saints have hosted the Super Bowl XLIX Champions in the preseason since 1986 and the first time the Saints play a defending Super Bowl champion in the preseason since they played at the Patriots in 2005. New England holds a 6-4 edge in the preseason series.
Photos of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees vs the New England Patriots on Sunday, October 13, 2013. Photos taken by Michael C. Hebert (New Orleans Saints photos)