I was at those games. You couldn't speak or hear for days after. If you wanted space to tailgate ("big grass") you had to be at the stadium at least 4-5 hours pre-game. It was awesome. When team fizzled, so did the excitement. I'd go on the road to watch the Titans. The two best out of town experiences were Pittsburgh and Boston. Saints were a distant third really because the stadium is/was so chitty.