Let's face it. Fans often remember the worst moments more vividly than the best. Through the course of franchise hstory, New Orleans Saints fans have more bad to recall.
Thus, it seems appropriate to count down a list of the worst Saints defeats in team history. I am rolling out the Top 75 from the first 45 seasons.
In what is easily described as a course in subjectivity gone wild (at my age, I cannot handle Girls Gone Wild), this is a look back at the franchise's most memorable losses, weighing heavily close games & results with the most significant emotional impact on fans.
Saints All-Time Most Memorable Losses 1967-2012
In what is easily described as a course in subjectivity gone wild (at my age, I can't handle Girls Gone Wild) this is a look back at the most memorable losses in Saints history weighing heavily close games & results with the most significant emotional impact on fans.
Saints have 10-0 lead going into 4th quarter only to lose with under two minutes to go on a 33-yard run by Steelers RB Don Shy. In defeat, the defense grabs four interceptions (CB Dave Whitsell with two).
Bills take 20-0 lead into second quarter before Saints QB Dave Wilson slowly leads a comeback. But a late Big Ben pass attempt to 6-foot-7 wideout Tyrone Young was tipped away at the last moment.
Saints take 17-3 lead thanks in part to a 92-yard Clarence Chapman kickoff return touchdown. The 49ers reply with two Wilbur Jackson rushing TDs, then seal the win on last play with a 42-yard Ray Wersching field goal.
Back-and-forth contest where Saints QB Drew Brees throws an interception to Jermaine Phillips to set up winning Matt Bryant's 37-yard field goal with under two minutes left (Brees tosses another INT afterwards to end hopes).
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has outstanding rookie debut with a pair of scoring passes plus 42 rushing yards to keep the Saints off-balance. Late comeback effort ends when Brees is intercepted by Reed Doughty on last play.
Looking for their first-ever win, Dave Whitsell blocks a Giants field goal attempt with 55 seconds left to give New Orleans final shot. On the last play of the game, Saints QB Gary Cuozzo throws deep pass but is intercepted by Spider Lockhart.
Saints lose three fumbles in the contest but stays within seven points. On the last Saints drive, WR Terrence Copper fumbles at Steelers 25-yard line with 39 seconds to go, recovered by NOLA-area native Ryan Clark.
Falcons take 14-0 lead in first half but Saints rally for a lead, 21-17, in 4th quarter on a Joe Horn seven-yard TD catch (his 40th with Saints). Falcons come back with 1:22 to go to win on a 20-yard TD pass from Michael Vick to Alge Crumpler.
See-saw affair ends in Atlanta's favor thanks to a late 80-yard drive capped off with 1:33 to go on a Chris Miller to Andre Rison 3-yard TD pass.
#66—1/06/1991—at Bears (wild card playoff)—16-6
Sluggish Saints offense throws three interceptions, but the club has chance to tie game in third quarter after running back a blocked field goal for a TD but play is nullified when CB Robert Massey was ruled offsides.
#65—12/28/1991—vs Falcons (wild card playoff)—27-20
Three bad officiating calls against Saints help turn tide in close battle. Falcons Chris Miller hits WR Michael Haynes on a 61-yard TD pass with 2:41 to go to seal win (Saints throw interception on following drive). This one could be higher on the list.
Tied at 17 in the 4th quarter, Saints kciker Charlie Durkee makes 36-yard field goal but Atlanta comes back with 40 seconds left to win on a 22-yard TD pass from Bob Berry to Ken Burrow.
Saints take lead in third quarter on a Tom Dempsey 43-yard field goal, but the Cowboys come back via a 8-yard TD by RB Calvin Hill with 1:30 to go. Billy Kilmer tosses interception on last play at Cowboys 4-yard line.
Jets kicker Bobby Howfield makes winning 42-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in contest (he has six field goals for the game). It marks the first time in Saints history they lose when an opponent doesn't score a touchdown. The game was not televised due to technicians'strike.
Packers keep lead throughout contest, but Saints try late comeback. Driving 79 yards in last 68 seconds in the primetime NFL opener, Brees and the offense fall short on the last play where RB Mark Ingram is stopped at the Packers 1-yard line.
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