The New Orleans Saints were victims of bad fortune last season, but they may just be blessed with good luck this year.
Prior to a 13-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pope Francis inadvertently tweeted his support for the football team.
“Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints,” he wrote. “They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession.”
By putting a hashtag in front of “Saints,” it produced the New Orleans Saints logo in the tweet.
Fans on social media took it as a sign that the Saints would win the game — which they did — but, they had to grind this one out.
With the game tied at 6 apiece, backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has filled in for an injured Drew Brees since Week 2, connected with Jared Cook at the end of the third quarter to break the tie and give New Orleans a 13-6 lead.
The Saints held on, and afterward the tweet quote-tweeted the Pope’s tweet.
“Couldn’t lose after this,” they tweeted. “#Blessed and highly favored.
The Saints may indeed be blessed this season, too.
Among the favorites to reach the Super Bowl in the NFC entering this season, the Saints appeared to take a step back when Drew Brees tore a ligament in his thumb during a Week 2 loss to the Chargers.
Since then, they have strung together four consecutive wins with Bridgewater under center and stand at 5-1 atop the NFC South.
To make their season even more remarkable is that this is the first time since 2015 that Bridgewater is starting games in the NFL because he has had a long road recovering from a gruesome knee injury in which he dislocated his knee and tore his ACL.
While Brees is likely return this season, Bridgewater has filled in admirably and may have resurrected his career in the process.
Now, with the Pope’s blessing, this may just be the Saints’ year.