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
Down 31-10 at half, a Saints comeback includes 17 unanswered second half points. With under a minute to go, QB Dave Wilson's pass attempt towards the end zone is dropped on 4th down. Rueben Mayes has 203 rushing yards, just short of a team record.
Redskins score 10 unanswered 4th quarter points including a 23-yard Chip Lohmiller field goal with 40 seconds to go to seal win. Morten Andersen misses a 49-yard field goal attempt at game's end.
Down 20-7 in third quarter, Saints manage to tie game at 23-23 in fourth. The 49ers retake lead shortly after on a 38-yard Ray Wersching field goal. Russell Erxleben misses tying 34-yard kick with no time left.
#57--11/6/2005—vs Bears (Baton Rouge)--20-17
After the Saints tie the contest at 17-17 on an QB Aaron Brooks 1-yard TD run, Bears keep ball for most of the last 4:08 of the game to win on a 28-yard Robbie Gould field goal. Antowain Smith has 110 rushing yards in defeat.
Saints were down 30-10 before a rally to score three 4th quarter TDs to take lead 31-30, only to see Carolina's last possession break their hearts. John Kasay nailed a 42-yard field goal to win it. Making matters worse, Drew Brees falls short of the NFL season passing yardage record.
Each team scores a defensive touchdown. Saints kicker Doug Brien makes 37-yard field goal with 1:21 to go to tie it but the Patriots drive to set up a winning 32-yard Adam Vinateri field goal with four seconds left.
#54--12/24/2005—vs Lions (San Antonio)--13-12
Saints take a 12-10 lead on John Carney's 20-yard field goal with 1:55 left in the contest. Then the Lions drive from own 21-yard line to win on a frantic last play of game with a 39-yard Jason Hansen field goal just before the final gun.
Defensive struggle is tied 10-10 at half. Mike Cofer kicks two fourth quarter field goals but the Saints have a great chance late. From the 49ers two-yard line, Bobby Hebert throws an interception to Eric Davis in end zone with :06 left in contest.
Back-and-forth second half sees the Saints take a 4th quarter lead, 35-34, on a Deuce McAllister 16-yard TD run with 2:26 to go. Atlanta comes back with a 47-yard Jay Feely field goal on last play to win.
Cincinnati overcomes four turnovers and scores winning TD with 1:50 to go on a three-yard Nick Luchey run. The Saints have their ensuing drive end on downs. It was only the Bengals' second win of the season. The game is part of a three-game season-ending skid that keeps New Orleans out of the playoffs.
#50--10/16/2005—vs Falcons (San Antonio)--34-31
With 51 seconds left, Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks throws 15-yard TD pass to WR Devery Henderson to tie the game. The Falcons miss a field goal attempt but cash in on a 36-yard second-chance effort after a Saints defensive holding penalty.
The 49ers tie game late in 4th quarter on a 4-yard pass from Steve Young to Terrell Owens. Next, Lance Schulters runs back a Billy Joe Hobert interception 64 yards for a score to seal the game with 1:31 to go.
Tied 13-13 in the 4th quarter, Saints Olindo Mare misses a 54-yard field goal attempt with 2:19 left. Carolina has just good enough field position to set up a 52-yard game-winning kick by John Kasay on the last play.
Saints lead 21-0 in second quarter before the Packers come within six late in the fourth quarter. A controversial sideline catch on 4th down by Packers WR Jeff Query, who had foot out but replay didn't overturn precedes Sterling Sharpe's three-yard TD catch with 1:26 to go.
ESPN calls this their greatest defensive broadcast. The Saints lose chance to run out clock when officials refused to make a roughing the kicker call with :52 left. On the following drive, Giants kicker Paul McFadden wins the game with a 35-yard field goal.
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