The New Orleans Saints begin their playoff run, on Saturday, against the Seattle Seahawks. Mike Triplett, of the Times-picayune, has the story, below.

Anthony Waters #59 of the New Orleans Saints runs on the field during player introductions before playing against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome on October 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Browns defeated the Saints 30-17.

Courtesy---Mike Triplett/Times-Picayune

The hangover is over. Nearly 11 months after the New Orleans Saints celebrated their first Super Bowl championship -- a revelry that lasted for weeks and spread throughout the streets of New Orleans -- they have earned an invitation back to the party.

The reigning NFL champions will open their playoff run today at 3:30 p.m. against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field, where they are heavy favorites despite being the lower-seeded team.