1973 New Orleans Saints season

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1973 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach John North
Home field Tulane Stadium
Results
Record 5–9
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1972 1974 >

The 1973 New Orleans Saints season was the team's seventh as a member of the National Football League. They improved on their previous season's output of 2–11–1, winning five games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. The Saints opened the year with a 62–7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at home. The first quarter of that game was scoreless. They did however hold OJ Simpson to 74 yard on 20 carries in the team's first ever shut-out, with a 13–0 win over the Buffalo Bills. Simpson went on to break the single season rushing record in yardage that year with 2003.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1973 Atlanta Falcons L 62–7
66,428
2 September 24, 1973 at Dallas Cowboys L 40–3
52,715
3 September 30, 1973 at Baltimore Colts L 14–10
52,293
4 October 7, 1973 Chicago Bears W 21–6
56,561
5 October 14, 1973 Detroit Lions W 20–13
57,810
6 October 21, 1973 at San Francisco 49ers L 40–0
52,881
7 October 28, 1973 Washington Redskins W 19–3
66,315
8 November 4, 1973 Buffalo Bills W 13–0
74,770
9 November 11, 1973 at Los Angeles Rams L 29–7
70,358
10 November 18, 1973 at San Diego Chargers L 17–14
34,848
11 November 25, 1973 Los Angeles Rams L 24–13
67,192
12 December 2, 1973 at Green Bay Packers L 30–10
46,092
13 December 9, 1973 San Francisco 49ers W 16–10
62,490
14 December 16, 1973 at Atlanta Falcons L 14–10
34,147

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams 12 2 0 .857 388 178 W-6
Atlanta Falcons 9 5 0 .643 318 224 W-1
New Orleans Saints 5 9 0 .357 163 312 L-1
San Francisco 49ers 5 9 0 .357 262 319 L-2

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