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This Date in Saints History: January 2nd

January 2nd

1983—In a make-up game from the season's strike, the Saints defeated the Falcons in the Superdome, 35-6, to finish the season 4-5 but missed the playoffs due to a complicated modified tiebreaker system.

Some felt head coach Bum Phillips ran up the score in retaliation for an incident three weeks earlier in Atlanta. In 4th quarter, the Saints ran a fake punt that resulted in a 39-yard touchdown pass from punter Russell Erxleben to safety Bill Hurley.

New Orleans set a then-team record with 32 first downs in the game. Running back Wayne Wilson scored three touchdowns and had 11 catches. The Saints had a 462 to 248 edge in total yardage and for the first time in club history did not punt in a contest.

1994—The Saints finished the 1993 regular season 8-8 with a 20-13 win over the Bengals in the Superdome. Saints QB Steve Walsh threw the winning 54-yard scoring pass to WR Eric Martin (120 yards on the day) with 11:06 to play.

Bengals CB Mike Brim had a 23-yard INT return for a touchdown. The Saints defense marked the end of the careers of TE Hoby Brenner and NT Jim Wilks, who both retire after 13 years and later became Saints Hall of Famers.

2000—The Saints lose at Carolina 45-13 to finish the season 3-13. Carolina continued to score in the contest long-after the game was realistically decided in order to try to win by a margin 27 points higher than Green Bay did that day in a race for the playoffs.

Quarterback Jake Delhomme set a then-Saints record for most total running & passing plays attempted (49 passing; 8 running) in a single game. Keith Poole had 104 yards receiving.

The Saints defense had six sacks (LB Keith Mitchell notched two) while the Carolina defense had three sacks & four INTs. Panthers QB Steve Beuerlein had five tocuhdown passes; Carolina WR Patrick Jeffers managed 165 yards.

2005—Saints defeated the Panthers in Carolina, 21-18, to finish the 2004 season 8-8 and just miss the playoffs when the Rams defeated the Jets later that day.

Joe Horn tied the club season record with 11 touchdown catches. DE Tony Bryant is named NFC special teams player of the week after blocking a potential game-tying field goal attempt on the game's final play. This marked the fifth time in 2004 a Saints player won this award and tied an NFL record for this occurring four weeks in a row.

Saints DE Charles Grant had 12 tackles, a pair of sacks (defense had six) and a forced fumble (defense had three fumble recoveries). RB Deuce McAllister had 140 yards including a 71-yard non-scoring run and completed his third straight 1,000 yard rushing season.

2006—Head coach Jim Haslett is fired after six seasons.

2011—Saints close out the 2010 regular season at 11-5 with a 23-13 loss to Tampa Bay in the Superdome. Many starters were pulled when the Saints could not catch Atlanta for the division title. Saints CB Malcolm Jenkins was hurt and missed the playoff game the following week along with RB Chris Ivory and TE Jimmy Graham, who had the Saints only TD catch versus the Bucs.

The New Orleans defense had three sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries. Bucs kicker Connor Barth had 3 FGs and QB Josh Freeman threw TD passes, Tampa's defense had three sacks, an INT, and two forced fumbles.

Black & Gold birthdays today:

Evan Marcus—Born in 1968 (Assistant Strength & Conditioning coach 2000-2002)

Aundra Thompson—Born in 1953 (Wide Receiver 1981-82)—Part of three-way trade that sent Saints WR Wes Chandler to the Chargers, San Diego WR John Jefferson to Green Bay and Thompson from G.B. to N.O.


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