Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy were both up for the Green Bay Packers' head coaching job, back in 2006. The Packers chose McCarthy, the former Saints' offensive coordinator, but things have were out for all parties involved. Brian Allee-Walsh, of, has the story, below.

Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field after the game against the Baltimore Ravens  at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Saints 30-24.

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On a January eve in 2006, the Green Bay Packers unwittingly helped shape the fortunes of the post-Katrina New Orleans Saints.

That was the night an anxious Sean Payton, while in New Orleans being courted for a head coaching job by the Black and Gold, received a telephone call from Packers’ General Manager Ted Thompson.

Payton, also a strong coaching candidate at Green Bay, described the exact moment in his book, “Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life.’’