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This Week in Saints History: November 13-19

November 13th

1977—Saints play their first-ever overtime game but lose 10-7 at home to the 49ers. Saints had a chance to take lead with under a minute to go but field goal attempt hit the goal post (Rich Szaro). 49ers Ray Wersching kicks the winning 33-yard FG. 49ers rush for 243 yards, Saints 161. Saints QB Bobby Douglass was only three of seven passing.

For the second time in Saints history, an opponent has dual two 100-yard rushers—RBs Delvin Williams (110-1 touchdown) and Wilbur Jackson (123). FB Tony Galbreath has Saints only touchdown. Each team has two turnovers, Saints defense has three sacks, 49ers two. Saints LB Pat Hughes has nine tackles.

1983—Saints are shut out on the road 27-0 by the 49ers. Saints QB Dave Wilson is sacked nine times (DE Fred Dean-6, DE Dwaine Board-2.5). Each team has three turnovers. 49ers QB Joe Montana has three touchdown passes, DB Ronnie Lott has nine tackles. 49ers offense out did Saints 397 yards to 129. Saints defense has two sacks, CB Dave Waymer has eight tackles, LB Dennis Winston has nine tackles and seven assists.

1988—Saints win close contest at the Rams 14-10. Saints safety Gene Atkins intercepts a Jim Everett pass in the endzone with under 30 seconds to go. Saints LB Alvin Toles is lost for the year with a severe knee injury on special teams. Saints K Morten Andersen's 52-yard field goal on the last play of the first half went thru the uprights but LB Rickey Jackson was called for holding, negating the kick. RBs Dalton Hilliard and Rueben Mayes each scored Saints touchdowns. Saints CB Van Jakes has nine tackles Saints turned ball over three times, Rams twice.

1994—Saints win shoot out in the Superdome over the Falcons 33-32. Saints were down 17-0 in the first quarter including Falcons DB Eric Jack's 27-yard fumble return for touchdown on a kickoff. Saints K Morten Andersen kicks winning 39-yard field goal with eight seconds left; safety Vince Buck has 10 tackles. Saints touchdowns scored by TE Irv Smith, RB Mario Bates (2) and TE Wesley Walls. Saints turned ball over five times and offense has 30 first downs. Falcons have two 100-yard receivers (WRs Terance Mathis 125, Andre Rison 118-1 touchdown)—seventh time in Saints history an opponent has done this. Falcons K Norm Johnson makes 6 field goals. Louisiana native WR Clarence Verdin has 142 kick return yards.

1998—The 11th annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon is held with inductees RB Dalton Hilliard (1986-93) and LB Sam Mills (1986-94), the Joe Gemelli Fleur-de-lis award winner is long-time Saints season ticker holder and restaurant owner Joe Impastato.

2011—Saints win in overtime at Atlanta 26-23. Atlanta ties the game on a 27-yard Matt Bryant FG (3 FGs) on the last play of regulation capping an 85-yard drive. In overtime, Atlanta failed on a 4th and one try from their own 29-yard line, allowing the Saints to drive and kick the winning 26-yard John Kasay FG (four FGs). Falcons WR Harry Douglas has 133 yards, Falcons penalized 10 times for 85 yards. Saints had touchdown catches by TE Jimmy Graham and WR Robert Meachem, WR Marques Colston has 113 yards, safety Roman Harper has 13 tackles and a sack, LB Scott Shanle has an INT, RB Darren Sproles has 102 return yards.

Today's birthdays:

Walter Johnson—Born in 1963 (Linebacker 1989)

Aaron Stecker—Born in 1975 (Running Back 2005-08)

November 14th

1971—Saints win at San Francisco 26-20 thanks to a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Edd Hargett to RB Virgil Robinson with under two minutes to go. 49ers tried to come back but QB John Brodie was intercepted by safety Hugo Hollas (2 INTs). Saints TE Dave Parks has two touchdowns. 49ers RB Vic Washington has two touchdowns and 179 kick return yards. 49ers offense has four turnovers. Saints LB Jim Flanigan has 10 tackles.

1974—Saints claim CB Maurice Spencer off waivers, previously in '74 he was under contract with the Falcons, Cardinals, and Rams.

1976—Saints win over the Lions in the Superdome 17-16. Key play has Lions punter Herman Weaver dropping a snap resulting in a 2-yard touchdown run by Saints LB Warren Capone. Saints WR Larry Burton scored on a 69-yard touchdown catch from QB Bobby Douglass. Lions out did Saints in first downs 26-6 and offensive yards 455-183. Lions touchdowns by TE Charlie Sanders and WR Larry Walton, WR Ray Jarvis has 111 yards, RB Dexter Bussey has 112 combined yards. Each team has three sacks. Lions offense has three turnovers.

1993—Saints lose at home to the Packers 19-17. Saints lead when Packers drive late, after the Saints drop a potential game-sealing INT, Packers QB Brett Favre throws a 54-yard pass to WR Sterling Sharpe to set up winning Chris Jacke (4 FGs) 36-yard field goal with three seconds left). Packers DE Reggie White has two sacks (team has five), Bryan Wagner averages 50.2 yards per punt. Saints LB Rickey Jackson has three sacks, LB James Williams has two sacks and eight tackles. Saints commit five turnovers (2 INTs, three fumbles). Saints touchdowns by WRs Quinn Early and Marcus Dowdell, RB Derek Brown has 106 yards, RB Fred McAfee has 108 kick return yards.

1997—The tenth annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon is held at the N.O. Hyatt Hotel with inductees LB Rickey Jackson (1981-93) and tackle Stan Brock (1980-92), the Joe Gemelli Fleur-de-lis award winner is long-time WWL-TV news anchor and Saints supporter Angela Hill.

1999—Saints upset the 49ers in the Superdome 24-6. Saints end a seven-game losing streak and a separate seven-game losing streak to the 49ers, it was a then largest margin of victory over San Francisco. Saints RB Ricky Williams had 156 combined yards, QB Billy Joe Tolliver had two rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown. Both teams had 11 penalties (SF 86 yards, NO 103) and two sacks (49ers DT Bryant Young-2).

2003—The 16th annual Saints Hall of Fame Luncheon is held with inductees DE/DT Wayne Martin (1989-1999) and tackle/guard Jim Dombrowski (1986-96), the Joe Gemelli Fleur-de-lis award winner is long-time Saints chaplain Jim Fast.

2004--Saints win at home over Kansas City 27-20. Saints safety Jay Bellamy has 13 tackles and a fumble recovery, DE Darren Howard has eight tackles, a sack, and fumble recovery, ST Fred McAfee has seven special teams tackles, RB Deuce McAllister has 127 yards and a touchdown, WR Joe Horn (167 yards) has a 42 yard touchdown catch with 5:28 left gives Saints lead for good, WR Michael Lewis has 118 total return yards. Chiefs RB Derrick Blaylock has 186 yards, WR Eddie Kennison has 121 yards, Dante Hall has 186 total return yards. Chiefs out did Saints offense 497-374 yards but had four turnovers. Saints defense had two sacks, Chiefs four (LB Scott Fujita-2). Chiefs penalized 12 times for 94 yards.

Today's birthdays:

Derrick Hoskins—Born in 1970 (Safety 1996)

Michael Lewis—Born in 1971 (Wide Receiver/Kick Returner 2001-06) One-time Pro Bowler; New Orleans Native-Grace King High School

*Ray Poage—Born in 1940 (Tight End 1967-70), he passed away in 2002; member of original Saints team.

Michael Simmons—Born in 1965 (Defensive End 1989-90)

November 15th

#1963—Tulane University approves a plan where its stadium could be used to host an NFL championship based on a proposal by local promoter Dave Dixon, the idea is turned down by the NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle.

1970—Saints lose at Miami 21-10. Saints LB Mike Morgan is lost for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Dolphins CB Lloyd Mumphord runs back 32-yard INT for a touchdown. Miami touchdowns by RBs Jim Kiick and Larry Csonka (team has 181 rush yards). Dolphins offense has four turnovers, Saints three. Saints Julian Fagan averages 49.6 yards per punt, Dolphins Larry Seiple 50.0 yards. FB Tom Barrington has Saints only touchdown.

1972—Saints spokesman confirms that any team member who goes to the press or to owner John Mecom Jr. with "comments detrimental to the team" will be fined $10,000 by head coach J.D. Roberts. The story was first made public by kicker Charlie Durkee who had been released by the Saints during the season (his 2nd tenure with the Saints).

1981—Saints lose at Metropolitan Stadium to the Vikings 20-10, Saints rookie DE Frank Warren intercepted a Vikings QB Tommy Kramer pass for a touchdown but referee Jerry Markbreit blew an "inadvertent whistle" before Warren caught the ball thinking it would fall incomplete. Saints safety Frank Wattelet recovers a fumble, RB George Rogers has Saints only touchdown. Vikings defense has five sacks, safety Kurt Knoff has two INTs, Greg Coleman averages 49.2 yards per punt. Saints penalized 12 times for 100 yards.

1987—Saints win at San Francisco 26-24 on a Morten Andersen 40-yard field goal (4 FGs) where he slipped while kicking, resulting in the ball barely crossing the crossbar (1:06 left). 49ers tried to drive down field but NT Tony Elliott kicked the ball on ensuing drive with under 10 seconds left before official could spot it and the clock ran out. Saints CB Reggie Sutton blocks a 49ers field goal attempt and CB Johnnie Poe runs it back 61 yards for a touchdown. WR Mike Jones' only catch was a 43-yard touchdown reception.RB Mel Gray has 102 return yards. 49ers Jerry Rice has two touchdown catches (108 yards total). Both teams had three sacks. Saints defense has two INTs, safety Antonio Gibson has 6 tackles.

1992—Saints lose at San Francisco 21-20, 49ers QB Steve Young throws game winning 8-yard touchdown to TE Brent Jones (2 touchdowns) with 46 seconds to go. Saints try to come back when QB Bobby Hebert throws pass to RB Dalton Hilliard who laterals to tackle Richard Cooper who runs out of bounds but is hit late by the 49ers but officials don't throw a flag, which would have given Saints enough yards for a field goal attempt, time expired on the play. Saints LB Rickey Jackson has nine tackles, two sacks, and a force fumble, LB Vaughan Johnson has 10 tackles, safety Brett Maxie is lost of the rest of the season with an MCL and ACL injury, WR Torrance Small and RB Dalton Hilliard each have touchdown catches, Saints offense held to 43 yards rushing. Saints defense has four sacks. 49ers RB Ricky Watters has 115 yards.

1998—Saints defeat St. Louis Rams in the Superdome 24-3 in QB Kerry Collins' first start. Saints DT La'Roi Glover has three sacks, DT Austin Robbins recovers a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown, DE Jared Tomich has two sacks and a forced fumble, CB Tyrone Drakeford has a 32 yard INT return for a touchdown. St. Louis offense has three turnovers. Other Saints touchdown by TE Cam Cleeland. Rams Rick Tuten averages 51.8 yards per punt.

2009—Saints get by St. Louis 28-23 in a sloppy game where three turnovers and a failed 4th down attempt kept Rams in the contest. Rams WR Donnie Avery has two touchdown catches, RB Steven Jackson has 131 yards and a touchdown run. Saints defense has two sacks. Saints RB Reggie Bush has two touchdown runs, WR Robert Meachem a touchdown catch, and KR Courtney Roby (146 return yards) has a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half. Rams get the ball last but a failed big ben pass misses the mark at game's end.

Today's birthdays:

*Leon Gray—Born in 1951 (Tackle 1982-83), he passed away November 11, 2001, came from Houston as part of Archie Manning trade of '82.

Deveron Harper—Born in 1977 (Safety 2003-04)

Don Shy—Born in 1945 (Running Back 1969)

November 16th

1969—Tom Dempsey sets then Saints record of four field goals including the 19-yard game winner with 11 seconds left to beat the Giants in Yankee Stadium 25-24. Saints rookie safety Steve Preece scores on a 17-yard blocked punt return for touchdown, RB Andy Livingston (125 combined yards) also scores a touchdown, FB Tom Barrington has 108 kick return yards. Giants QB Fran Tarkenton has two touchdown passes. Saints safety Bobby Thompson goes on IR after the game with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

1975—Saints lose at home to the Vikings 20-7. Vikings have 462 offensive yards and five turnovers, Saints offense has -7 net yards passing (minus seven) and just six first downs. Saints Tom Blanchard punts 12 times in the contest, Saints defense has two INTs. Saints QB Archie Manning sacked eight times. TE Paul Seal has Saints only touchdown. Vikings WR John Gilliam has two touchdowns and 139 yards, RB Chuck Foreman has 117 yards. Saints LBs Joe Federspiel and Rick Middleton each have nine tackles, DT Bob Pollard 8.

1980—Saints lose at Atlanta 31-13. Falcons rush for 206 yards, Saints offense have three turnovers (2 INTs, one fumble). Saints touchdowns by WR Wes Chandler and FB Tony Galbreath. Falcons QB Steve Bartkowski has three touchdown passes.

1986—Saints win at the St. Louis Cardinals 16-7, their third win a row. In strange irony, from 1983-1986 when these two teams met the team that CB Bobby Johnson played on (Saints '83-84, 86; Cardinals '85) won the contest. Saints DE Frank Warren has two sacks, safeties Frank Wattelet and Antonio Gibson each had an INT. WR Mike Jones had the only Saints touchdown. Saints Morten Andersen had three field goals, RB Rueben Mayes has 131 rushing yards. Saints penalized 11 times for 80 yards, Cardinals 10 for 73. Cardinals WR J.T. Smith has 106 yards, DE Freddie Joe Nunn has two sacks.

1997—Saints defeat Seattle 20-17 in the Superdome in a then-NFL record shortest overtime period (17 seconds). Seattle WR James McKnight ties the game on a 34-yard touchdown catch in the 4th quarter, Seattle kicker Todd Peterson missed a game-winning 45 yard FG attempt near regulation's end (largely due to a new holder). On OT's first scrimmage play Seattle QB Warren Moon threw an INT to LB Winfred Tubbs to set up Doug Brien winning 38 yard field goal. Safety Chris Hewitt named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for efforts that included a blocked punt. Seattle out did New Orleans offense in yardage 340-173. Seattle offense had four turnovers, Saints five. Saints FB Ray Zellars has two touchdowns, WR Eric Guliford has 159 return yards, each team has three sacks.

2003—Saints beat Atlanta 23-20 in overtime, it was the Saints 100th regular season Superdome win. Saints RB Deuce McAllister has a then team record 237 combined yards (173 rushing and two touchdowns). Deuce fumbled on the second play of OT at the Falcons two-yard line (recovered by CB Juran Bolden), he would carry on the second possession and set up the winning 36-yard John Carney field goal, he also kicked a 26 yard field goal with :05 left in regulation to tie. Bucs RB Warrick Dunn has 162 yards. Falcons defense had 7 sacks. Saints offense had four turnovers, Falcons 3. Saints WR Michael Lewis has 123 return yards, Falcons CB Allen Rossum 119.

2008—Saints win at Kansas City 30-20. Saints Garrett Hartley makes three FGs, touchdown runs by RB Deuce McAllister and RB Pierre Thomas, WR Lance Moore has 102 yards and one touchdown catch, safety Roman Harper has 10 tackles, Saints defense has four sacks (2 by DE Jeff Charleston). Chiefs TE Dwayne Bowe has two touchdown catches. Saints Courtney Roby has 112 kick return yards, RB Chiefs Dantrell Savage has 103.

Today's birthdays:

Lawrence Dawsey—Born in 1967 (Wide Receiver 1999)

Ted Elliott—Born in 1964 (Defensive Tackle 1987) Strike replacement player

Daniel Graham—Born in 1978 (Tight End 2012)

Lamont Hall—Born in 1974 (Tight End 2000-02, 2004-05)

Akiem Hicks—Born in 1989 (Defensive Tackle 2012-present)

Austin Wheatley—Born in 1977 (Tight End 2000)

November 17th

1968—Saints lose to Packers at Milwaukee 29-7. Saints head coach Tom Fears decided to "show up" the team he once coached for by using Green Bay's play-calling terminology at the line of scrimmage. Saints rookie QB Ronnie Lee South started and was steadily pressured because Packers knew what play was about to be run. South also had to punt but only averaged 23.4 yards. Saints defense gets four sacks, RB Don McCall has Saints only touchdown. Saints offense has four turnovers, Packers 2. Packers safety Tom Brown has a 22-yard fumble return for touchdown. Packers defense has five sacks and two INTs, WR Carroll Dale has 161 yards.

1970—Louisiana U.S. Representative F. Edward Hebert placed in the Congressional record a newspaper article describing Tom Dempsey's record 63-yard field goal.

1974—Saints win over the Rams 20-7 in Tulane Stadium thanks to the Saints offense using four WR sets. Saints WR Bob Newland scores a 79-yard touchdown pass from QB Archie Manning, WR Joel Parker also has a touchdown. Saints rush for 146 yards, Saints defense has four sacks and three fumble recoveries. Saints Tom Blanchard averages 47.5 yards per punt. Rams have 177 return yards.

1984—It is reported that with the close of the Louisiana World's Exposition (World's Fair) that the Saints are on the "low end of the totem pole" in terms of owing the LWE money for what's describe as "warehouse," a total of $1.49.

1985—Saints lose at Green Bay 38-14 in Saints QB Bobby Hebert's first Saints start. His first regular season touchdown is a reception of 7 yards from WR Guido Merkens. Saints safety Terry Hoage runs back an INT 52 yards for a touchdown, LB Rickey Jackson has two sacks. Saints have 192 return yards. Packers have 26 first downs and 433 offensive yards. Packers QB Lynn Dickey has two touchdown passes. Packers defense has six sacks (LB John Anderson-2).

1991—Saints lose at San Diego 24-21. Saints tried to use up the clock but rookie RB Fred McAfee fumbled in the 4th quarter giving the Chargers the ball and the ensuing tying drive (RB Marion Butts 5-yard touchdown run). After a Saints punt, Chargers drove down field and John Carney kicks winning 19-yard field goal with five seconds left. Saints DE Frank Warren ran back a blocked punt (DE Wayne Martin) 37 yards for a touchdown. The next play Chargers Nate Lewis runs back a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. FB Buford Jordan and WR Quinn Early would also score Saints touchdowns. Saints offense had four turnovers, Chargers two.

1996—Saints lose at Atlanta 17-15. Saints LB Richard Harvey has 10 tackles. Saints offense turns the ball over on first three possessions. Saints offense held to 35 yards rushing. Saints Doug Brien has three field goals, only Saints touchdown by Lorenzo Neal. Falcons QB Bobby Hebert has two touchdown passes (WRs Eric Metcalf, Terrance Mathis), WR Roell Preston has 116 kick return yards.

1999—Guard Wally Williams is placed on IR for rest of the season with a neck injury.

2002—Saints lose at Atlanta 24-17. Saints WR Joe Horn has 124 yards (1 touchdown). WR Donte Stallworth has the other Saints touchdown. Each team has three sacks. Saints WR Michael Lewis has 111 kick return yards. Saints were penalized 16 times for 133 yards. Falcons QB Michael Vick has two touchdown passes and a touchdown run. Saints defense has three sacks and an INT. Falcons have two sacks, an INT, and fumble recovery.

Today's birthdays:

*Randy Schultz—Born in 1943 (Fullback 1967-68) He passed away in 1984, member of original Saints team

November 18th

1973—Saints lose at San Diego 17-14 largely thanks to a Chargers WR Ron Smith 84-yard punt return for a touchdown (160 return yards). Saints TE John Beasley has 12 catches for 127 yards. Saints earn 22 first downs, WR Jubilee Dunbar also has a Saints touchdown. Chargers defense has three sacks. Saints offense has three turnovers, Chargers two.

1979—Saints lose at Seattle 38-24. Second half kickoff delayed because someone in the stands behind the Saints bench set off an M-80 firecracker. Seattle Jim Zorn has four touchdown passes. Game tied at 24 in 4th quarter, Seattle breaks game open. Saints touchdowns by Archie Manning (run), RB Chuck Muncie, and WR Wes Chandler. Seattle defense has three sacks, Saints 2. Seattle WR Steve Largent has 146 yards and two touchdowns.

1979—The "farewell celebration" of Tulane Stadium occurs at 8pm including performances by The Feld Ballet Company of New York (doing "Half Time"), the Alvin Alcorn Imperial Marching Band (who opened the show with "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"), the New Orleans Symphony, Tulane University musical groups, and the Southern University Marching Band. At the time of its demolition, it was the largest steel-structured stadium in the world.

1990—Saints lose at the Redskins 31-17. Saints WR Eric Martin has 10 catches for 131 yards, WRs Brett Perriman and Floyd Turner has touchdown catches. Redskins QB Mark Rypien throws four touchdown passes. Saints offense has four turnovers. Redskins RB Earnest Byner has 116 yards, WR Gary Clark has 131 yards and two touchdowns.

1993—Saints radio play-by-play announcer Dave Garrett is released over issues with station management (some of which state it had to do with lateness on two separate occasions to pre-game shows). He is replaced by on-air producer and former play-by-play man Jim Henderson.

2001—Saints defeat Colts in the Superdome 34-20. Right before end of first half, Colts tried to fake a spike where Peyton Manning would run around right end for a touchdown. However, an official blew the whistle thinking Manning would spike the football so the play didn't count. Saints WR Joe Horn has 148 yards, RB Ricky Williams has 120 yards and a touchdown, QB Aaron Brooks has two touchdown passes and one touchdown run, RB Deuce McAllister has 124 return yards. Colts defense had four sacks. Colts TE Marcus Pollard has 126 yards and a touchdown, RB Dominic Rhodes also has a touchdown.

2003—Grace Benson, wife of Saints owner Tom Benson, passes away at age 76 from Parkinson's disease. In her honor, Mr. Benson closes the Saints facilities on the day of her service.

2007—Saints lose at Houston 23-10. Saints WR Marques Colston has 118 yards, WR Devery Henderson has Saints only touchdown, RB Pierre Thomas has 113 kick return yards, Steve Weatherford averages 48.0 yards per punt. Saints defense has three forced fumbles (2 recovered). Texans Kris Brown has three FGs, QB Matt Schaub has two touchdown passes, WR Andre Johnson has 120 yards, Texans defense has two INTs and three forced fumbles (one recovered).

2012—Saints defeat Raiders in Oakland 38-17. Saints QB Drew Brees has three touchdown passes, Raiders QB Carson Palmer has two touchdown passes and 312 yards. Raiders RB Marcel Reece has 193 combined yards. Saints defense has two INTs (safeties Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins-55 yard return for touchdown) and three sacks (LB Jonathan Vilma, DE Will Smith, DT Tom Johnson). Saints defense for the 10th game in a row this season allowed at least 400 yards (404). Saints RB Tavaris Cadet has 123 kick return yards. Saints penalized 11 times for 109 yards. Other Saints touchdowns by WR Lance Moore (2), TE Jimmy Graham, and RB Mark Ingram.

Today's birthdays:

Tommie Stowers—Born in 1966 (Tight End 1991-93)

November 19th

1967—Saints lose at Philadelphia 48-21. Saints QB Billy Kilmer throws a 96-yard pass to WR Walter "Flea" Roberts (109 yards) on the last play of the first half where Roberts was pushed out of bounds at the Eagles two-yard line (longest pass completion in Saints history though non-scoring). Saints touchdowns by WR Dan Abramowicz (2) and RB Don McCall (catch). McCall has 114 kick return yards, Roberts has 117. Eagles QB Norm Snead has four touchdown passes. Eagles defense has four sacks, three fumble recoveries, and two INTs.

1969—Saints claim off of waivers from the Steelers CB Marv Woodson and tackle Mike Taylor.

1972—Saints lose at Detroit 27-14. Saints offense had three turnovers (2 INTs, one fumble). Saints WR Dan Abramowicz has two touchdowns (from QB Archie Manning). Lions QB Greg Landry has two touchdown passes.

1978—Saints get run over in Dallas 27-7. Huge fight broke out on Cowboys bench when Saints CB Clarence Chapman tackled Cowboys RB Tony Dorsett (1 touchdown-152 yards) late out of bounds. Saints threw three INTs. RB Chuck Muncie has Saints only touchdown, WR Wes Chandler has 100 return yards. Other Cowboys touchdowns scored by QB Roger Staubach (run) and TE Billy Joe Dupree, WR Butch Johnson has 108 return yards.

1984—Saints break Monday Night (ABC) jinx winning 27-24 over the Steelers, Saints LB Dennis Winston (7 tackles) has a 47-yard INT runback for touchdown (ex-Steeler). Saints Richard Todd becomes first QB to start on Monday night on his birthday, DE Bruce Clark is named NFC Defensive Player of the week with one sack (team has 3), two fumble recoveries, and an INT. Saints touchdown passes to TEs Larry Hardy and Junior Miller, Brian Hansen averages 47.7 yards per punt. Steelers WR Louis Lipps has a 76-yard punt return touchdown (128 return yards) and a touchdown catch, RB Rich Erenberg has 103 kick return yards. LB Mike Merriweather has three sacks (team has 6). CB Dwayne Woodruff has two INTs.

1989—Saints win at Atlanta 26-17. Saints LB Brian Forde blocks a punt resulting in a safety, QB Bobby Hebert throws four INTs, FB Buford Jordan has two touchdown runs, RB Dalton Hilliard has one touchdown and 158 yards, LB Pat Swilling has 3-1/2 sacks (team has 4) and is named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Saints sealed the game with CB Robert Massey 4th quarter INT. Falcons RB John Settle has a touchdown and 145 combined yards.

1995—Saints lose at Minnesota 43-24. Saints WR Quinn Early had two touchdown catches and 150 yards, TE Wesley Walls has a touchdown, CB Tyrone Hughes has 156 kick return yards. Vikings offense had 32 first downs and 544 total yards—then second most by a Saints opponent. Vikings QB Warren Moon throws for four touchdown passes. Two Vikings WRs had over 100 yards—Cris Carter (137-2 touchdowns) and Qadry Ismail (142-1 touchdown)—ninth time in Saints history an opponent has done this. Vikings Fuad Reveiz has three FGs.

1997—QB Heath Shuler placed on IR with foot/toe injury.

2000—Saints lose at home to Oakland 31-22. Saints QB Jeff Blake leaves game with a fractured foot, Aaron Brooks fills in. DE Joe Johnson has two sacks (team has 5) and a forced fumble. LB Keith Mitchell has 13 tackles, a sack, and fumble recovery. LB Darrin Smith also has 13 tackles. WR Willie Jackson has two touchdown catches. Doug Brien has three field goals. Saints offense was only three of 11 on 3rd down conversions. Saints have 12 penalties for 93 yards. Raiders Rich Gannon has two touchdown passes, RB Zack Crockett has two touchdowns.

2006—Saints lose at home to the Bengals 31-16 (Saints 1-3 against the AFC North). Saints QB Drew Brees sets then club record with 510 passing yards, he also has two touchdown passes (WRs Joe Horn-72 yard catch, Terrance Copper) and three INTs, WR Devery Henderson had 169 yards, WR Michael Lewis has 126 return yards. Bengals RB Rudi Johnson has 111 yards, WR Chad Johnson has 190 yards and three touchdown catches, DB Ethan Kilmer has a 52-yard INT return for touchdown, their defense has two sacks.

Today's birthdays:

Darren Howard—Born in 1976 (Defensive End 2000-05)

Jim L. Mora—Born in 1961 (Defensive Backs Coach 1992-96)

Bill Saul—Born in 1940 (Linebacker 1969)

Richard Todd—Born in 1953 (Quarterback 1984-85)


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