When it finally ended, Sean Payton sprinted to the middle of the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and threw himself into an enthusiastic home run swing. He then made a beeline toward Pete Carroll, greeting the Seahawks’ head coach with an emotional handshake just a couple of steps from the Seattle sideline.

Sean Payton wanted this one.

He will never admit it publicly, but deep down inside the Saints’ head coach savored every second of the Saints’ 25-20 victory against Seattle on Sunday.