1977—Saints lose at the L.A. Rams, 14-7. Saints tackle John Watson put on IR after game with knee injury. Only touchdown caught by TE Henry Childs. Rams get 24 first downs and 243 rushing yards with touchdowns by RBs Wendell Tyler and Lawrence McCutcheon (126 yards rushing). Saints defense has an INT, two sacks and two fumble recoveries.
1983—Saints lose at home to the 49ers, 32-13, and commits five turnovers (3 INTs and two lost fumbles) leading to 19 San Francisco points. RB Wayne Wilson has Saints only touchdown. Saints defense has two sacks, 49ers 4. Ray Wersching makes six field goals. safety Dwight Hicks has a 62 yard INT return for touchdown.
1988—Saints win a close game at Seattle, 20-19. Saints safety Gene Atkins blocks a 36-yard field goal attempt, and CB Dave Waymer runs the loose ball back 58 yards for a touchdown. After a fumbled Saints punt return, a LB Sam Mills fumble recovery two plays later bailed them out of a jam. Saints WR Eric Martin had a 19-yard touchdown catch. Saints defense had three sacks (DE Jumpy Geathers-2). Seattle's Norm Johnson makes four field goals. Seattle offense commits two turnovers, Saints three.
1994—Saints lose in the Superdome to the Chargers, 36-22. Saints LB Sam Mills has 11 tackles, but Chargers LB Junior Seau has 13 tackles while DE Chris Mims has two sacks. Chargers took a 24-0 lead into second quarter. Saints touchdowns scored by WR Quinn Early, TE Wesley Walls, and FB Lorenzo Neal. Chargers kicker John Carney has five field goals. RB Natrone Means has three touchdowns and 120 yards on the ground.
2005—Saints lose to Atlanta, 34-31, in San Antonio. Near game's end, the Saints blocked a Falcons field goal attempt but DE Tony Bryant was called for defensive holding, allowing Atlanta a second attempt from 36 yards out (by Todd Peterson) to win. Saints took the lead with 51 seconds left on 51-yard touchdown pass from QB Aaron Brooks to WR Devery Henderson. Saints outgained the Falcons 456 yards to 266. RB Antowin Smith has two touchdowns (WR Donte Stallworth had the other). Falcons RB Warrick Dunn has 100 yards, and DB Donte Hall has a 66-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Atlanta LB DeAngelo Williams has a 59 yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown. Falcons penalized 10 times for 79 yards.
2011—Saints lose at Tampa Bay, 26-20. With 3:24 to go, QB Drew Brees throws an INT (1 of three on the day) from the Bucs 4-yard line to LB Quincy Black. Bucs get a key first down afterwards to run out the clock. Saints punter Thomas Morstead averages 49.0 yards per attempt. For the ninth time in club history, the Saints have two 100-yard receivers (TE Jimmy Graham-124 yards, WR Marques Colston-118 and a touchdown catch). RB Mark Ingram has Saints other touchdown. Bucs kicker Connor Barth has four FGs, and RB Ernest Graham has 109 rushing yards.
Charlie Brown—Born in 1945 (Running Back/Punt Returner 1967-68), he is credited with scoring a punt return touchdown versus the Steelers (12/15/68) where nine Pittsburgh defenders touched him but could not bring him down.
Bo Burris—Born in 1944 (Safety 1967-69), he had a 91-yard INT return for a touchdown vs Vikings in 1968.
Rich Caster—Born in 1948 (Tight End 1981)
Matt Giordano—Born in 1982 (Safety 2010)
1971—Saints defeat that season's Super Bowl champions Dallas Cowboys, 24-20, before 83,000-plus fans at Tulane Stadium. Saints were up 17-0 (including touchdowns by RB Tony Baker and QB Archie Manning) well into 3rd quarter when Cowboys benched QB Craig Morton for Roger Staubach, who throws two touchdown passes (17-14). Later in the 4th, Cowboys Cliff Harris fumbles a punt recovered by Saints LB Dave Kopay. The resulting drive ends with a Manning 2-yard touchdown run to seal win (Manning pulls a thigh muscle that affects him rest of the season). Saints WR Al Dodd runs back a missed field goal 77 yards to set up an earlier score. Saints defense has five sacks (DE Richard Neal-2), three INTs (CB Delles Howell-2), and three fumble recoveries. Cowboys defense has four sacks and two fumble recoveries.
1974—Saints trade CB Ken Reaves to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for a 4th round draft choice in '75.
1976—Saints lose at San Francisco, 33-3. The 49ers score 30 unanswered points, including a 60-yard touchdown punt return by CB Tony Leonard. San Francisco QB Jim Plunkett has 2 touchdown passes. Saints had no net yards passing. Saints penalized 10 times for 80 yards. 49ers defense has seven sacks, an INT and two fumble recoveries. Saints defense has three sacks and two fumble recoveries.
1993—Saints lose at Pittsburgh, 37-14, for their first loss. Some feel this was the swing-game in Jim Mora's Saints career as the club went 3-8 the rest of the season and wouldn't have another winning season under Mora. That day, Mora was facing former assistant turned Steelers defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Steelers score 37 unanswered points including a 63-yard INT return for touchdown by CB Rod Woodson. RB Barry Foster has two touchdowns and RB Leroy Thompson has 101 yards. Gary Anderson has three field goals. Saints QB Mike Buck, in relief of Wade Wilson, throws two touchdown passes (WRs Torrance Small and Quinn Early) and sets a then club game record with 90.9% completions. Saints NT Robert "Pig" Goff has 13 tackles while LB James Williams has 12. Steelers defense has five sacks, three INTs and two fumble recoveries. Saints defense has three turnovers.
1997—Saints guard Chris Naeole put on IR with an ankle injury stemming from the Giants game on September 28th.
1999—Saints lose at home to Tennessee, 24-21, where head coach Mike Ditka is later fined $20,000 for grabbing his crotch area in response to a fan's slurs. Saints safety Sammy Knight has 10 tackles. Up 10-0, Saints failed to score near the goal line on a RB Ricky Williams run with seconds left in the first half and no time outs causing much booing by Superdome fans. After a 13-7 Saints lead, Titans score 17 unanswered points in the 4th including a CB Donald Mitchell 42-yard INT return for a touchdown. QB Neil O'Donnell has a pair of touchdown passes, and RB Eddie George has 155 yards. Saints offense outgained the Titans, 409 yards to 278. Saints defense has a sack, two INTs and a fumble recovery. Titans defense has two INTs and two fumble recoveries. Saints had 13 penalties for 103 yards. It's the fourth straight game the Saints lost after leading through three quarters.
2004—Saints lose on Sunday Night (ESPN) to Minnesota, 38-31, in the first Saints game for newly acquired CB Mike McKenzie (trade with Green Bay). Saints ST ace Fred McAfee runs a fake punt 53 yards; CB Fred Thomas has 10 tackles. Vikings offense sets a Saints opponent record with 605 total yards (417 passing). Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper has five touchdown passes while RB Michael Pittman runs for 109 yards and WR Nate Burleson has 134 yards receving. Vikings defense has three sacks, Saints two. Saints CBs Ashley Ambrose and Fakhir Brown have INTs. Saints touchdowns by RB Deuce McAllister (2), QB Aaron Brooks (run) and WR Joe Horn.
2005—San Antonio mayor Phil Hardberger formally announces that he and Saints owner Tom Benson will talk at season's end about keeping the Saints permanently in San Antonio. Benson has no formal comment on the announcement though a few weeks earlier he had published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he would like to return but only if certain conditions are met. Ironically in that letter, Mr. Benson misspelled the name of his Ne Orleans-based high school alma mater, correctly spelled St Aloysius.
2010—Saints win at Tampa Bay, 31-6. Saints QB Drew Brees has three touchdown passes (WR Lance Moore, WR Robert Meachem, FB Heath Evans) while RB Ladell Betts has a touchdown run. Rookie RB Chris Ivory has 158 yards; safety Roman Harper has two forced fumbles. Saints offense outgained the Bucs, 475-277 yards.
*Don Bass—Born in 1954 (Tight End 1982) Passed away October 26, 1989
Ernest Dixon—Born in 1971 (Linebacker 1994-97)
Reynaud Moore—Born in 1949 (Cornerback 1971)
#1966—Louisiana U.S. Senator Russell Long and Representative Hale Boggs get an amendment attached to an investment credit tax bill that allows the NFL a limited antitrust exemption to merge with the AFL. The bill is approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This scenario is what eventually got New Orleans its NFL expansion franchise. President Lyndon Johnson officially signs this into law on November 8th, 1966.
1970—Saints earn a tie at San Francisco, 20-20 (overtime doesn't come into regular season play until 1974). Saints TE Dave Parks catches the tying 13-yard Bill Kilmer touchdown pass with seconds left; WR Danny Abramowicz also has a touchdown catch. 49ers QB John Brodie has two touchdown passes to WR Gene Washington (who managed 126 yards). New Orleans native safety Rosey Taylor has two 49ers INTs (both teams commit four turnovers).
1974—Saints trade guard Andy Maurer to the Minnesota Vikings for a 3rd round draft choice in '75.
1981—Saints lose at Cleveland, 20-17. Saints RB George Rogers sets then team record with a 79-yard rushing touchdown (122 yards overall). RB Wayne Wilson scores a on a fake field goal with a 8-yard touchdown pass from holder (safety) Tommy Myers on a play called the "Bum-a-roo-ski." Wilson also catches the longest Saints pass of the year, 55 yards from QB Archie Manning. Browns come from behind with five minutes left in game on a one-yard RB Mike Pruitt touchdown run (2 touchdowns). Saints Benny Ricardo misses the tying field goal with 1:11 left from 37 yards out (thanks in part to a 45-mph cross wind). Browns RB Greg Pruitt has 113 receiving yards.
1987—Saints defeat Bears in Chicago, 19-17, in the last of the three replacement games. Saints kicker Florian Kempf nails four field goals. One of the Bears QBs was future Saints head coach Sean Payton. Saints went 2-1 in the replacement games. Early turnovers gave the Bears a 10-0 lead. Saints WR Eric Martin has a touchdown catch. Saints defense set then team record allowing only 133 total yards plus forces five sacks (LB Larry McCoy-2) and four INTs (CB Reggie Sutton-3). Sutton, like Martin a regular who had crossed the picket line, has a blocked punt but is called back for defensive holding. Bears defense has three sacks, two fumble recoveries and an INT.
1992—Saints win at the Phoenix Cardinals, 30-21. Tommy Barnhardt hits punts of 62 and 60 yards. Saints QB Bobby Hebert throws for 355 yards. Saints touchdowns scored by WRs Eric Martin (151 yards) and Quinn Early plus RBs Dalton Hilliard and Craig Heyward (only Saints rushing touchdown of game). Cardinals QB Chris Chandler has two touchdown passes.
1998—Saints lose at the Falcons, 31-23. Saints WR Keith Poole has 154 yards (on three catches) including 82 and 64-yard touchdown pass from QB Billy Joe Tolliver, Saints defense has five sacks including a DE Wayne Martin safety on Falcons QB Steve DeBerg. Saints offense forces four turnovers but are penalized 13 times for 101 yards. Falcons RB Jamal Anderson has 132 yards and a touchdown, and WR Tony Martin has 116 yards. Atlanta safety Eugene Robinson has a 25-yard INT return for touchdown.
2002—The 15th annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon is held with inductees head coach Jim Mora (1986-96) and DE Frank Warren (1981-94). The Joe Gemelli Fleur-de-lis award winner is long-time Saints trainer Dean Kleinschmidt (with Saints from 1969 to 2000).
2009—Saints defeat Giants in Superdome, 48-27. Drew Brees has 369 passing yards and four touchdown passes. Touchdown runs by RBs Mike Bell and Reggie Bush and FB Heath Evans plus WR Marques Colston's 166 receiving yards and a touchdown support the eoffrt. Saints defense has two sacks, an INT (CB Jabari Greer) and a forced fumble (safety Roman Harper, recovery by LB Scott Shanle). Giants WR Hakim Nicks has 114 yards and a touchdown. Giants penalized 9 times for 110 yards. This game marks the start of Brees' streak of 54-consecutive games played with a touchdown pass (first touchdown to TE Jeremy Shockey on play called Fire 82 X Banana).
Ed Biles—Born in 1931 (Administrative Coord. 1969, Defensive Backs Coach 1970)
Mike Ditka—Born in 1939 (Head Coach 1997-99)
Brian Hansen—Born in 1960 (Punter 1984-88) One-time Pro Bowler
Curtis Keaton—Born in 1976 (Running Back 2002)
Doug Wyatt—Born in 1946 (Safety 1970-72), he had back-to-back years with a defensive touchdown ('71-72).
1969—Saints lose at home to the Baltimore Colts, 30-10. Baltimore jumped out to a 16-0 lead in first half and managed 182 rushing yards in the game. Colts QB Johnny Unitas had three touchdown passes while RB Tom Matte added a touchdown run, WR Jimmy Orr has 113 yards. Colts defense has two INTs and two fumble recoveries. Only Saints score came from FB Tom Barrington and kicker Tom Dempsey; WR Danny Abramowicz has 115 yards. This is also the first game where the Saints banned fans from bringing aluminum cans and glass bottles into Tulane Stadium after several injuries were reported from said objects being thrown towards the field after a bad officiating call at the previous home game.
1972—Saints release RB Virgil Robinson (Grambling).
1975—Saints lose at San Francisco, 35-21. The 49ers open the game with four unanswered touchdowns (WR Gene Washington-2, TE Tom Mitchell and RB Delvin Williams); later 49ers CB Nate Allen has a 37-yard INT return for touchdown. Saints score two fumble return touchdowns (LB Rusty Chambers 38 yards and safety Tom Myers 21 yards)> Myers also has two INTs. RB Rod McNeill has the other Saints touchdown. both teams commit five turnovers. 49ers defense has seven sacks.
1980—Saints lose at home to Atlanta, 41-14, after holding a 14-13 halftime lead. Saints LB Joe Federspiel has eight tackles. Falcons LB Joel Williams has two INTs in the second half which set up scores (Falcons defense forces four turnovers). Saints complete their longest pass of the year—56 yards from QB Archie Manning to TE Brooks Williams. WR Wes Chandler has 140 yards and a touchdown. Falcons QB Steve Bartkowski has four touchdown passes (two to TE Junior Miller).
1986—Saints win in the Superdome over Tampa Bay 38-7. This was the first time in 1986 the Saints had the ball longer than their opponents (35 minutes). Saints RBs Rueben Mayes (172 yards) and Dalton Hilliard each had two touchdowns, WR Eric Martin has one. Saints defense has five sacks and gets five turnovers. Saints have 115 penalty yards. Saints offense outgained the Bucs, 450-220.
1997—Saints lose to Carolina, 13-0, ending the franchise's 216 consecutive game scoring streak. Panthers CB Eric Davis has two INTs. Saints offense held to 89 yards passing. Saints QBs sacked seven times (Panthers LB Michael Barrow-2).
2003—Saints beat Atlanta in the Georgia Dome, 45-17. Saints QB Aaron Brooks named NFC Offensive Player of the Week with 352 yards passing including a 69-yard touchdown pass to WR Donte Stallworth, WR Joe Horn has 133 yards and a touchdown, RB Deuce McAllister has two touchdowns and 116 yards. Other Saints touchdowns scored by TE Boo Williams and RB Ki-Jana Carter, CB Fred Thomas has an INT, Mitch Berger averages 50.7 yards per punt. Saints outgained the Falcons in first downs, 27-11, while the defense managed 10 sacks.
2008—Saints lose at Carolina, 30-7. Panthers John Kasay has three FGs, WR Steve Smith has 122 yards and a touchdown catch. Panthers defense has a sack, INT and fumble recovery. Panthers QB Jake Delhomme has two touchdown passes.
2012—NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recuses himself from the appeals filed by Saints players on suspensions related to the team's alleged bounty program and assigns former commissioner Paul Tagliabue to oversee appeals.
Jim Dombrowski—Born in 1963 (Guard 1986-96) Saints Hall of Famer
1968—Saints win at Pittsburgh, 16-12, thanks to a goalline stand led by Saints DEs Doug Atkins and Brian Schweda who had three tackles of Steelers RBs Dick Hoak (166 yards) and Earl Gros (Terrebonne High) in the series. This was the first time the Saints won two games in a row. Saints defense gets three sacks (DE Doug Atkins-2, Dave Rowe-1/2, DE Brian Schweda-1/2), DT Lou Cordileone has an INT. Charlie Durkee makes three Saints field goals, and the only Saints touchdown was scored by FB Ernie Wheelwright.
1974—Saints win at Atlanta, 13-3, to end an 18-game road losing streak. Only Saints touchdown was a 36-yard pass from QB Bobby Scott to TE Paul Seal, Bill McClard makes two field goals. Saints rush for 232 yards but turn the ball over four times. Falcons commit six turnovers. Huge fight broke out during game where Saints RBs Odell Lawson and Howard Stevens were ejected from contest. Saints defense had seven sacks; CB Ernie Jackson has an INT.
1985—Saints lose at Atlanta, 31-24. Saints LB Jack Del Rio recovers a fumble and laterals to DE Frank Warren who runs 50 yards for a touchdown with 30 seconds left in game. Then the Saints recover an on-sides kick but fail to score. Other Saints touchdowns scored by RB Wayne Wilson and TE Hoby Brenner (111 yards). Saints threw four INTs; the Falcons tossed three. Falcons DE Mike Gann ran back a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown while QB Dave Archer ran for another touchdown. Return man RB Cliff Austin ran back a kickoff return 94 yards for a touchdown, WR Billy "White Shoes" Johnson has 153 yards. This game marks Archie Manning's debut as Saints radio network color analyst after retiring from a 14-year pro playing career (Saints, Oilers, Vikings) joining Larry Matson (play-by-play) and Jim Henderson.
1988—Saints tackle Stan Brock is lost for the season with a torn knee ligament which occurred during a full-contact practice (head coach Jim Mora's practices had this format from 1986-89). The next day, Times-Picayune writer Jimmy Smith states in his column that Mora should apologize to Brock and the fans for allowing such an injury to occur via an "archaic" practice format.
1991—Saints improve to 7-0 with a 23-7 win over the Buccaneers in the Superdome. WR Eric Martin catches an 8-yard touchdown reception to become Saints all-time touchdown catches leader (passing WR Danny Abramowicz). Saints DE Frank Warren has 2-1/2 sacks and LB Pat Swilling had two (team has six). Saints get 17 points off of turnovers (both teams have two INTs). Saints RB Gill Fenerty scores a rushing touchdown, Morten Andersen makes three FGs.
1996—Saints lose at the Carolina Panthers, 19-7, in what would be Jim Mora's last game as Saints head coach. Afterwards he gives his "Diddley-Poo" speech. Saints LB Winfred Tubbs has 10 tackles; only Saints touchdown by FB Ray Zellars. Saints defense has three sacks while the offense has two turnovers, Tyrone Hughes has 134 return yards. Carolina offense outgained the Saints, 314-174. Panthers kept the ball 38:22 and John Kasay mades four field goals. WR Mark Carrier has a touchdown, and RB Anthony Johnson has 123 yards.
2002—Saints win at home over the 49ers, 35-27, and QB Aaron Brooks is named NFC offensive player of the week with three touchdown passes and touchdown run. Safety Jay Bellamy has 11 tackles, and WR Joe Horn has 109 yards and two touchdown catches. RB Deuce McAllister has 139 yards, and John Carney has three field goals. 49ers defense has three sacks. Saints defense has an INT (CB Ken Irvin) and fumble recovery. KR Michael Lewis has 137 return yards.
Keith Fourcade—Born in 1961 (Linebacker 1987), the strike replacement player is the brother of John Fourcade.
Kevin Haverdink—Born in 1965 (Tackle 1989-91)
Earl Johnson—Born in 1963 (Cornerback 1985)
1973—Saints lose at San Francisco, 40-0. Ex-Saints WR Danny Abramowicz (101 yards) scores the game's first touchdown. 49ers RB Vic Washington has two touchdowns, and DE Cedric Hardman scores a safety via tackling QB Bobby Scott in endzone. 49ers earn 21 first downs with the Saints only managing two. Saints punter Steve O'Neal boots the ball away 11 times, and the Saints finish the game with -15 (that's negative 15) net yards passing. 49ers defense has four sacks, an INT and two fumble recoveries. Saints defense has two INTs (CB Ernie Jackson and safety Tom Myers).
1979—Saints defeat the Lions, 17-7, in the Superdome. All four Saints starting defensive backs manage an INT (safeties Tommy Myers and Ray Brown, CBs Eric Felton and Clarence Chapman). Myers INT was a 52-yard touchdown return. WR Wes Chandler has a 24-yard touchdown; Saints threw three INTs. Saints defense has four sacks, Detroit three.
1984—Saints lose at Dallas, 30-27, in overtime (on Sunday night). Start delayed by 40 minutes due to ABC's Reagan-Mondale debate coverage. Saints led 27-6 thru three quarters; Dallas scores two offensive touchdowns in fourth quarter when QB Danny White comes in (one touchdown set up after a blocked punt). The tying touchdown came when Saints QB Ken Stabler is hit from behind and fumbles in endzone with Cowboys DE Jim Jeffcoat recovering. In overtime, Dallas wins toss and immediately drives to kick winning 41-yard Rafael Septien field goal. Earlier, Saints FB Hokie Gajan had a 62-yard touchdown run. LB Dennis Winston ran back a 43-yard INT for a touchdown. Saints rushed for 235 yards, and RB Tyrone Anthony has 143 kick return yards. Saints penalized 13 times for 113 yards. Cowboys defense has three INTs (safety Michael Downs-2) and two fumble recoveries. Saints defense has six sacks (DE Bruce Clark-2).
1989—The Saints Hall of Fame has its first-ever alumni flag football game, played in the Superdome before a Tulane game. It featured Saints alumni vs Dallas Cowboys alumni with the visitors winning. All proceeds raised from this game went to benefit the Louisiana Lions Club. The game also featured use of the experimental "Finley Ball" which used yellow stripes painted along the seams of the ball to help with visibility.
1990—Saints lose at the Houston Oilers, 23-10. Saints RB Dalton Hilliard misses rest of regular season due to tear in the posterior cruciate ligament, LB Sam Mills has 10 tackles. Oilers took opening drive 79 yards to Saints one-yard line but RB Lorenzo White (2 touchdowns) fumbled the ball away. Saints kicker Morten Andersen has a field goal attempt blocked by DE Sean Jones (who also has two sacks). Saints TE Hoby Brenner has Saints only touchdown from 31 yards out (Steve Walsh pass). Saints offense had three turnovers, Houston two. Saints QBs were sacked four times. Oilers Tony Zendejas makes three field goals.
1996—Head coach Jim Mora resigns after 10-1/2 seasons. He left with more wins (93) than all previous Saints head coaches combined.
2001—Saints lose at home to Atlanta, 20-13. Saints safety Sammy Knight (2 fumble recoveries) recovers an onsides kick late in the 4th quarter but QB Aaron Brooks' big ben pass from Atlanta's 33-yard line fell incomplete on the last play. Falcons defense had five sacks, Saints two. TE Cam Cleeland has Saints only touchdown, and safety Chris Oldham has an INT. Falcons QB Chris Chandler has two touchdown passes.
2007—Saints win over the Falcons in the Superdome 22-16. Saints take lead with 5:11 to go on a QB Drew Brees to RB Reggie Bush 4-yard touchdown pass, then held Falcons to a punt, Saints ran out the clock from there. Other Saints touchdowns scored by WR Devery Henderson and RB Pierre Thomas. Saints defense has three sacks. Falcons kicker Morten Andersen has three FGs. WR Roddy White has 110 yards and a touchdown.
2012—Saints win at Tampa Bay, 35-28. Saints fall down 14-0 in first quarter but take the lead, 28-21, by halftime. With 6:39 left in the 3rd quarter, Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins tackles Bucs WR Vincent Jackson (216 yards) at the one-yard line on a 95-yard pass play (longest non-scoring Saints opponent record), Saints end up stopping the Bucs on four straight downs (goal to go). On the last play of game, Bucs initially score tying touchdown on 9-yard pass from QB Josh Freeman (420 yards-3touchdowns) to WR Mike Williams but officials rule Williams went out of bounds and came back to be the first person to touch the ball, hence touchdown was nullified. Saints QB Drew Brees has 377 yards and four touchdown passes. RB Pierre Thomas has a rushing touchdown, and WR Lance Moore added 121 yards. Saints go 9 of 15 on 3rd downs. It's also the first time in Saints history they won when their defense gave up at least 500 yards (513).
Skip Butler—Born in 1947 (Kicker 1971), he played only two regular season Saints games.
Joey Harrington—Born in 1978 (QB 2008)
*Errol Linden—Born in 1937 (Tackle 1969-70), he passed away March 12, 1983. He was also a New Orleans native.
Andy Livingston—Born in 1944 (Running Back 1969-70), he was part of the Baby Bull Backfield with Tony Baker.
Marvin Mitchell—Born in 1984 (Linebacker 2007-10), he was part of Super Bowl XLIV team.
1967—Saints lose at San Francisco 27-13 to fall to 0-6. Saints only touchdown comes on a 47-yard pass from QB Gary Cuozzo to WR Walter Roberts in the third quarter; WR John Gilliam has 105 kick return yards. 49ers Doug Cunningham has a 94 yard kickoff return (non-scoring), and QB John Brodie has two touchdown passes. 49ers defense has five sacks and two INTs; Saints defense has two sacks.
1972—Saints record their fifth tie in club history, 20-20, at San Francisco. This is the first year the NFL counts a tie as half a win and half a loss. TE Dave Parks (110 yards) catches both Saints touchdowns (from QB Archie Manning). 49ers QB Steve Spurrier has two touchdown passes and three INTs; TE Ted Kwalick has 102 yards and a touchdown. With 57 seconds left in the game at the 49ers 36-yard line, Saints fail on a 4th and 6 Archie Manning rollout (one-yard gain). 49ers drive down field with no time outs left and kick the tying Bruce Gossett field goal.
1978—Saints win at the L.A. Rams, 10-3. The team had stayed on the West Coast for a week having played the 49ers the previous week. Saints bring in new kicker Steve Mike-Mayer. Saints safety Ray Brown had two key INTs (team has 3). Game tied 3-3 thru three quarters, Saints FB Tony Galbreath scores winning 19-yard touchdown pass from Manning. Rams offense has 342 total yards (Saints 118) and six turnovers. Rams penalized 13 times for 138 yards. It is the Saints first-ever win at the L.A. Coliseum and the first time ever the Saints won back-to-back road games.
1989—Saints win in Anaheim, 40-21, over the Rams. Saints QB Bobby Hebert throws three touchdown passes (WR Floyd Turner, WR Eric Martin, RB Dalton Hilliard); Martin has 116 yards. Hilliard named NFC offensive player of the week with three touchdowns (ties then club record). Saints defense has three INTs and six sacks (LB Pat Swilling-3). Rams QB Jim Everett has three touchdown passes (TE-Damone Johnson-2).
1995—Saints lose at Carolina, 20-3, to give the expansion team their second-ever regular season win. Saints defense had four sacks (DE Wayne Martin-2) and held Panthers to 29 net yards passing. Saints CB Tyrone Hughes has 116 return yards. Panthers RB Howard Griffith has two touchdowns, and their defense forces five turnovers including INTs by ex-Saints safety Brett Maxie (2) and LB Sam Mills.
1996—Saints G.M. Bill Kuharich announces that offensive coordinator Carl Smith has been released, Smith had been steadily criticized by local media and fans for being partially responsible for Saints failures in big games. One reporter stated that Smith was "the albatross that hung from coach Jim Mora's neck." Initially at this press conference, personnel head Chet Franklin was going to be named interim head coach but several assistant coaches were against that decision, so that announcement did not occur.
2000—Saints win at Atlanta, 21-19. Saints RB Ricky Williams has three rushing touchdowns (ties then club record) and 156 yards. Saints end a 10-game losing streak to Atlanta. LB Darrin Smith has 10 tackles, and LB Mark Fields has two sacks (team has six). Atlanta's offense was only one of 8 of 3rd down conversions. Saints offense had 402 yards. Falcons QB Chris Chandler has two touchdown passes. Saints run out the clock after Falcons last score via two first downs.
2010—The 21st Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon is held with inductee WR Joe Horn (2000-2006) and the pair of Joe Gemelli Fleur-de-lis award winners, long-time equipment staff members Dan Simmons and "Silky" Powell.
2012—Assistant head coach Joe Vitt returns for this first full-day as Saints interim head coach after serving a six-game suspension related to the NFL's non-contract pay for performance (alleged bounty) scandal investigation.
Richard Harvey, Sr.—Born in 1945 (Linebacker 1971), he was one of three father-son player combinations in club history.
Wimpy Winther—Born in 1947 (Center 1972)
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