With their season at an end, the NewOrleans Saints can now start working toward next year's Super Bowl. Mike Triplett, of the Times-Picayune, has the story, below.

Courtesy---Mike Triplett/Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints didn't get back to the Super Bowl 2011, but they did get "closure."

And some would suggest that's a valuable consolation prize.

"That whole feeling of being a champion lasts until the next season is over," said former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, whose team burst onto the scene in 2001 with a surprise Super Bowl run, then missed the playoffs the next year before resuming its dynasty.