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This Date in Saints History: January 3rd

January 3rd

1988—The Saints played their first-ever playoff game at home versus the Vikings in the wild card round and lost 44-10. A then best-ever regular season of 12-3 (one game cancelled due to strike) was still a crowning achievement.

New Orleans took a 7-0 lead early in the 1st quarter with a 10-yard TD pass from Bobby Hebert to WR Eric Martin. Minnesota took over from there including an 84-yard Anthony Carter punt return for a TD and a 44-yard 'Big Ben' TD pass on the last play of the first half from Wade Wilson to WR Hassan Jones.

Adding injury to insult, Saints RB Rueben Mayes suffered torn knee ligaments and misses Pro Bowl. The Black & Gold are held to nine first downs and 149 total yards. The Saints turned the ball over six times though the defense managed six sacks.

1993—The Saints appear in their fourth-ever playoff game, a wild card game at home versus the Eagles. After having a 20-10 lead with 11 minutes to go, the Saints endured great pain as the Eagles scored 26 unanswered points to win 36-20. A safety by DE Reggie White and an 18-yard INT run back for a TD by CB Eric Allen spurred the Philadelphia rally.

The New Orleans offense coughed up four deadly turnovers. Saints QB Bobby Hebert threw for 284 yards but three INTs while RB Craig Heyward and WR Quinn Early notch the only Saints TDs.

2010—The Saints lose at Carolina 23-10 to finish the 2009 season, 13-3, for the best record in club history. Drew Brees sat out the game and became the NFL's all-time season completion percentage leader at 70.6 percent.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead was busy, booting nine times for a 42.3 yard average. Panthers kicker John Kasay has three FGs in his final game with Carolina before ending up as a New Orleans kicker the very next season.

Jonathan Stewart ran for 125 yards and a score.

New Orleans head coach Sean Payton is later named NFL coach of the year by several organizations.

Black & Gold birthdays today:

Jim Everett—Born in 1963 (Quarterback 1994-96 pictured right), the ex-Purdue star came to the Saints in trade with the L.A. Rams for just a seventh-round pick. On October 6, 1996, he became the first-ever NFL QB to throw a touchdown pass against all (then) 30 teams, counting his Rams years.

Jimmy Robinson—Born in 1953 (Receivers coach 2004-2005)

Scott Stauch—Born in 1959 (running back 1981)

Hank Stram—Born in 1923 (Head coach 1976-77), the former Super Bowl winning coach with Kansas City ironically enjoyed his first-ever Saints regular season win against his former team the Chiefs on Sept. 26, 1976. Stram, who made his late-life home on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, passed away July 4, 2005.


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