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On Sept. 25, 2006, the New Orleans Saints were returning to the rebuilt Superdome for the first time after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and forced the team to spend an entire season out of town.

It was one of the most memorable nights not only in Saints history, but in New Orleans history. The Saints were 3.5-point home underdogs but beat the rival Atlanta Falcons 23-3 on Monday Night Football in the home debuts of coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees, running back Reggie Bush and receiver Marques Colston.

ESPN re-aired the game Monday (part of its five-week Monday Night Football Classics series), and many former Saints tweeted all day and during the game to share their memories — including Steve Gleason, whose blocked punt in that game is so revered that a statue of it sits outside the stadium. Fans got involved, too.

Here are some of their best tweets from the night. Or jump to a section:

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THE GAME

PREGAME

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