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Staff photo by Matthew Hinton and Staff Photo Illustration by Leslie Gamboni

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

In a now-famous interception against the Atlanta Falcons in the Superdome on Christmas Eve, Saints free safety Marcus Williams and rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore kept the ball alive by balancing it momentarily on Lattimore's haunches before he secured it. A touchdown soon after the so-called "butt pick" had the Saints leading 13-0 at the half. Frozen in time by the camera shutter, the graceful and muscular moment was reminiscent of the immortal "Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Certainly the play and the playoff-clinching win it led to have breathed energy into the team and its fans.