2008 New Orleans Saints season

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2008 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Sean Payton
General manager Mickey Loomis
Owner Tom Benson
Home field Louisiana Superdome
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 4th NFC South
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers 1
Timeline
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The Saints line up on defense at the Kansas City Chiefs on November 16 in week 11

The 2008 New Orleans Saints season is the 42nd season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). The Saints entered the season in an attempt improve their 7–9 record from the 2007 season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2008 NFL Draft
2008 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Sedrick Ellis  Defensive tackle USC
2 40 Tracy Porter  Cornerback Indiana
5 144 DeMario Pressley  Defensive tackle North Carolina State
5 164 Carl Nicks *  Offensive tackle Nebraska
6 178 Taylor Mehlhaff  Placekicker Wisconsin
7 237 Adrian Arrington  Wide receiver Michigan
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2008 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner/President – Tom Benson
  • Owner/Executive Vice President – Rita Benson LeBlanc
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Mickey Loomis
  • Director of Football Administration – Khai Harley
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Ryan Pace
  • Director of College Scouting – Rick Reiprish

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Dan Dalrymple
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Adam Bailey

2008 schedule[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Time Game Site TV Result/Score Record Match Report
1 August 7, 2008 Arizona Cardinals 7:00 pm CDT University of Phoenix Stadium ESPN 24–10 1–0 Recap
2 August 16, 2008 Houston Texans 7:00 pm CDT Louisiana Superdome CST 27–31 1–1 Recap
3 August 23, 2008 Cincinnati Bengals 6:30 pm CDT Paul Brown Stadium CST 13–0 2–1 Recap
4 August 28, 2008 Miami Dolphins 7:00 pm CDT Louisiana Superdome CST 10–14 2–2 Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Time Game Site TV Result/Score Record Match Report
1 September 7, 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00pm CDT Louisiana Superdome Fox W 24–20 1–0 Recap
2 September 14, 2008 Washington Redskins 12:00pm CDT Fedex Field Fox L 24–29 1–1 Recap
3 September 21, 2008 Denver Broncos 3:05pm CDT Invesco Field Fox L 32–34 1–2 Recap
4 September 28, 2008 San Francisco 49ers 12:00pm CDT Louisiana Superdome Fox W 31–17 2–2 Recap
5 October 6, 2008 Minnesota Vikings 7:30pm CDT Louisiana Superdome ESPN L 27–30 2–3 Recap
6 October 12, 2008 Oakland Raiders 12:00pm CDT Louisiana Superdome CBS W 34–3 3–3 Recap
7 October 19, 2008 Carolina Panthers 12:00pm CDT Bank of America Stadium Fox L 7–30 3–4 Recap
8 October 26, 2008 San Diego Chargers 12:00pm CDT Wembley Stadium, London* CBS / BBC (UK) W 37–32 4–4 Recap
9 November 2, 2008 Bye week
10 November 9, 2008 Atlanta Falcons 12:00pm CST Georgia Dome Fox L 20–34 4–5 Recap
11 November 16, 2008 Kansas City Chiefs 12:00pm CST Arrowhead Stadium Fox W 30–20 5–5 Recap
12 November 24, 2008 Green Bay Packers 7:30pm CST Louisiana Superdome ESPN W 51–29 6–5 Recap
13 November 30, 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00pm CST Raymond James Stadium Fox L 20–23 6–6 Recap
14 December 7, 2008 Atlanta Falcons 12:00pm CST Louisiana Superdome Fox W 29–25 7–6 Recap
15 December 11, 2008 Chicago Bears 7:15pm CST Soldier Field NFL Network L 24–27 7–7 Recap
16 December 21, 2008 Detroit Lions 12:00pm CST Ford Field Fox W 42–7 8–7 Recap
17 December 28, 2008 Carolina Panthers 12:00pm CST Louisiana Superdome Fox L 31–33 8–8 Recap

* New Orleans was the designated home team for the game in London.

Week 1: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 7 3 3 7 20
Saints 7 0 10 7 24

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Saints began their 2008 campaign at home against their NFC South foe, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, New Orleans drew first blood as QB Drew Brees completed a 39-yard TD pass to WR David Patten. The Buccaneers would reply with CB Phillip Buchanon returning an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Tampa Bay took the lead with kicker Matt Bryant getting a 37-yard field goal. In the third quarter, the Saints responded with kicker Martín Gramática getting a 34-yard field goal. The Buccaneers would answer with Bryant nailing a 33-yard field goal, yet New Orleans regained the lead with Brees completing an 84-yard TD pass to WR Devery Henderson. In the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay jumped ahead again as QB Jeff Garcia completed a 2-yard TD pass to WR Ike Hilliard. Fortunately, the Bayou faithful got the last laugh as Brees completed the game-winning 42-yard TD pass to RB Reggie Bush.[2] Bush's girlfriend Kim Kardashian would later state in a 2009 episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians ("Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder", aired 3 May 2009.) that she and her sister Kourtney attended the game. Kardashian and Bush later celebrated their victory at Morton's Steakhouse.

With the win, the Saints began their season at 1–0.

Week 2: at Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 10 14 0 24
Redskins 3 6 6 14 29

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

At Washington in week 2

Coming off their divisional home win over the Buccaneers, the Saints flew to FedEx Field for a Week 2 duel with the Washington Redskins.

In the first quarter, New Orleans trailed early as Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham got a 22-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Washington increased its lead with Suisham's 36-yard field goal. Afterwards, the Saints took the lead with RB Pierre Thomas getting a 1-yard TD run and kicker Martín Gramática nailing a 49-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, New Orleans increased its lead with QB Drew Brees completing a 19-yard TD pass to WR Robert Meachem. The Redskins started to fight back as RB Clinton Portis got a 9-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point conversion). New Orleans would respond with RB Reggie Bush returning a punt 55 yards for a touchdown. However, Washington rallied with Portis' 8-yard TD run and QB Jason Campbell's 67-yard TD pass to WR Santana Moss.

With the surprising loss, the Saints fell to 1–1.

Week 3: at Denver Broncos[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 16 7 6 32
Broncos 14 10 10 0 34

at Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Redskins, the Saints flew to Invesco Field at Mile High for a Week 3 interconference duel with the Denver Broncos. In the first quarter, New Orleans trailed early as Broncos QB Jay Cutler completed a 1-yard TD pass to TE Nate Jackson. The Saints answered with kicker Martín Gramática getting a 43-yard field goal. Denver replied with Cutler completing a 35-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Marshall. In the second quarter, New Orleans continued to struggle as Broncos LB Nate Webster returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown. The Saints started to rally as RB Pierre Thomas got a 5-yard TD run, while RB Reggie Bush got a 23-yard TD run. Denver answered with kicker Matt Prater getting a 27-yard field goal. New Orleans closed out the half with DE Charles Grant tackling RB Andre Hall in his endzone for a safety.

In the third quarter, the Broncos replied with RB Michael Pittman getting a 2-yard TD run. The Saints answered with QB Drew Brees completing a 6-yard TD pass to Bush, yet Denver responded with Prater nailing a 34-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, New Orleans tried to rally as Thomas got a 10-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point conversion). They even recovered a fumble and got into field goal position. However, Gramática's 43-yard attempt went wide right, ending any hope of a comeback.

With yet-another last-moment loss, the Saints fell to 1–2.

Week 4: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 3 3 8 17
Saints 0 21 0 10 31

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Trying to snap a two-game losing streak, the Saints went home for a Week 4 duel with the San Francisco 49ers. In the first quarter, New Orleans trailed early as 49ers kicker Joe Nedney got a 47-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Saints responded with QB Drew Brees completing a 5-yard and a 33-yard TD pass to WR Lance Moore. San Francisco tried to catch up as Nedney kicked a 49-yard field goal, yet New Orleans continued its dominance as Brees completed a 47-yard TD pass to WR Robert Meachem.

In the third quarter, the 49ers tried to rally as Nedney got a 38-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Saints continued its victory march as RB Deuce McAllister got a 1-yard TD run. San Francisco tried to come back as QB J.T. O'Sullivan completed a 5-yard TD pass to WR Isaac Bruce, yet New Orleans sealed the deal with kicker Martín Gramática nailing a 31-yard field goal.

With the win, the Saints improved to 2–2.

Week 5: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 10 10 0 10 30
Saints 10 0 7 10 27

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Coming off their home win over the 49ers, the Saints stayed at home for a Week 5 Monday Night duel with the Minnesota Vikings. In the first quarter, New Orleans was first out of the gate as QB Drew Brees completed a 17-yard TD pass to WR Devery Henderson. The Vikings responded with CB Antoine Winfield returning a blocked field goal 59 yards for a touchdown. The Saints answered with kicker Martín Gramática getting a 35-yard field goal. Minnesota would reply with kicker Ryan Longwell getting a 53-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Vikings took the lead as RB Chester Taylor completed a 4-yard TD pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe, along with Longwell kicking a 33-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, New Orleans began to rally as RB Reggie Bush returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, the Saints took the lead with Gramática making a 53-yard field goal and Bush returning a punt 64 yards for a touchdown. However, Minnesota rallied with QB Gus Frerotte completing a 33-yard TD pass to WR Bernard Berrian, along with Longwell nailing the game-winning 30-yard field goal.

With the heart-breaking loss, the Saints fell to 2–3.

This game was the first time in NFL history that a game had a combination of a blocked field goal, a TD pass by a non-quarterback, two field goals of 50+ yards, and two punts returned for touchdowns.

Week 6: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 3 0 0 0 3
Saints 0 10 14 10 34

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Hoping to rebound from their MNF home loss to the Vikings, the Saints stayed at home for a Week 6 interconference duel with the Oakland Raiders. In the first quarter, New Orleans trailed early as Raiders Sebastian Janikowski got a 24-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Saints took the lead as RB Reggie Bush got a 3-yard TD run, along with kicker Taylor Mehlhaff (recently signed due to Martín Gramática out for the year) getting a 44-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, New Orleans added on to their lead as QB Drew Brees completed an 8-yard TD pass to RB Aaron Stecker and a 15-yard TD pass to Bush. In the fourth quarter, the Saints closed out the game with Mehlhaff nailing a 33-yard field goal and Brees completing a 2-yard TD pass to TE Mark Campbell.

With the win, New Orleans improved to 3–3.

With a 21-yard reception in the first quarter, Reggie Bush (14 att/27 yds, 3 rec/40 yards and 2 TDs), collected his 200th reception in his NFL career over the span of just 34 games, tying Anquan Boldin for the NFL record fewest games needed to do so.

Week 7: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 7 0 0 7
Panthers 3 10 14 3 30

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Coming off their dominating home win over the Raiders, the Saints began their road trip at the Bank of America Stadium for a Week 7 NFC South duel with the Carolina Panthers. In the first quarter, New Orleans trailed early as Panthers kicker John Kasay got a 39-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Saints responded with FB Mike Karney getting a 1-yard TD run. However, Carolina answered with RB Jonathan Stewart getting an 18-yard TD run.

In the third quarter, the Panthers added on to their lead as QB Jake Delhomme completed a 39-yard TD pass to WR Steve Smith and a 4-yard TD pass to WR DeAngelo Williams. In the fourth quarter, Carolina closed out the game with Kasay nailing a 28-yard field goal.

With the embarrassing loss, New Orleans fell to 3–4.

Week 8: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 14 3 12 32
Saints 3 20 7 7 37

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Panthers, the Saints flew to Wembley Stadium for the 2008 International Series game with quarterback Drew Brees' former team, the San Diego Chargers. For the game, New Orleans was registered as the home team.

In the first quarter, the Saints drew first blood as rookie kicker Taylor Mehlhaff got a 23-yard field goal. The Chargers responded with kicker Nate Kaeding getting a 33-yard field goal. In the second quarter, New Orleans got a huge lead as Brees completed a 12-yard TD pass to WR Devery Henderson (with a failed PAT), along with RB Deuce McAllister getting a 1-yard TD run. San Diego would answer with QB Philip Rivers completing a 12-yard TD pass to RB LaDainian Tomlinson, yet the Saints increased their lead as Brees completed a 30-yard TD pass to WR Lance Moore. The Chargers closed out the half as Rivers completed a 12-yard TD pass to TE Antonio Gates.

In the third quarter, New Orleans added on to their lead as Brees completed a 1-yard TD pass to TE Mark Campbell, yet San Diego continued to hang around as Kaeding got a 24-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Saints continued its scoring with FB Mike Karney getting a 1-yard TD run. The Chargers tried to rally as Kaeding nailed a 31-yard field goal, Rivers completed a 14-yard TD run to WR Vincent Jackson, and Brees giving San Diego a safety by throwing an incomplete pass into the back of his own end zone. Fortunately, New Orleans' defense held on for the victory.

With the win, the Saints went into their bye week at 4–4.

Week 9: BYE[edit]

Week 10: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 3 0 14 20
Falcons 7 10 3 14 34

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Coming off their bye week, the Saints flew to the Georgia Dome for a Week 10 NFC South duel with the Atlanta Falcons. In the first quarter, New Orleans trailed early as Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed a 16-yard TD pass to WR Roddy White. The Saints responded with rookie kicker Garrett Hartley getting a 24-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Atlanta answered with RB Michael Turner getting a 2-yard TD run. New Orleans would reply with Hartley making a 44-yard field goal. The Falcons would end the half with kicker Jason Elam getting a 22-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, Atlanta increased its lead with Elam nailing a 27-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Falcons began to pull away as Ryan completed a 67-yard TD pass to RB Jerious Norwood. The Saints tried to rally as QB Drew Brees completed a 15-yard TD pass to RB Deuce McAllister, but Atlanta sealed the win with CB Chevis Jackson returning an interception 95 yards for a touchdown. New Orleans would end the game with a meaningless 32-yard TD pass from Brees to WR Lance Moore.

With the regular loss, not only did the Saints fall to 4–5, but their 4-game winning streak against the Falcons was snapped.

Week 11: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 10 14 3 30
Chiefs 7 3 3 7 20

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

New Orleans at Kansas City, week 11

Hoping to rebound from their divisional road loss to the Falcons, the Saints flew to Arrowhead Stadium for a Week 11 interconference duel with the Kansas City Chiefs. In the first quarter, New Orleans trailed early as Chiefs QB Tyler Thigpen completed a 6-yard TD pass to WR Dwayne Bowe. The Saints would respond with rookie kicker Garrett Hartley getting a 30-yard field goal. In the second quarter, New Orleans took the lead as RB Deuce McAllister got a 1-yard TD run. Kansas City would answer with kicker Connor Barth getting a 20-yard field goal, yet the Saints closed out the half with Hartley making a 23-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, New Orleans increased their lead as QB Drew Brees completed a 47-yard TD pass to WR Lance Moore. The Chiefs would reply with Barth getting a 21-yard field goal, yet the Saints answered with RB Pierre Thomas getting a 1-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, Kansas City tried to rally as Thigpen hooked up with Bowe again on a 5-yard TD pass, yet New Orleans closed out the game as Hartley nailed a 35-yard field goal.

With the win, the Saints improved to 5–5.

Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 14 0 8 29
Saints 14 10 21 6 51

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Coming off their road win over the Chiefs, the Saints went home for a Week 12 MNF duel with the Green Bay Packers. In the first quarter, New Orleans trailed early as Packers FB John Kuhn got a 1-yard TD run. The Saints would take the lead as QB Drew Brees completed a 70-yard TD pass to WR Lance Moore (which gave him his 9th-straight game of throwing a pass of 40+ yards, an NFL record), while RB Pierre Thomas got a 4-yard TD run. In the second quarter, Green Bay responded with QB Aaron Rodgers completing a 7-yard TD pass to WR Greg Jennings. New Orleans would answer with Brees hooking up with Moore again on a 14-yard TD pass. The Packers would tie the game as Rodgers got a 10-yard TD run, yet New Orleans regained the lead prior to halftime as rookie kicker Garrett Hartley made a 30-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Saints' offense exploded as Brees completed a 16-yard TD pass to TE Billy Miller, RB Deuce McAllister got a 3-yard TD run (which was his 49th career touchdown, making him the franchise's all-time career TD leader), and Brees completed a 70-yard TD pass to WR Marques Colston. In the fourth quarter, Green Bay tried to rally as Rodgers completed a 4-yard TD pass and a 2-point conversion pass to WR Ruvell Martin. Afterwards, New Orleans closed out the game with Thomas' 31-yard TD run (with a failed 2-point conversion).

With the win, the Saints kept their playoff hopes alive at 6–5.

Week 13: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 7 0 10 20
Buccaneers 0 6 14 3 23

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Coming off their Monday Night home win over the Packers, the Saints flew to Raymond James Stadium for a Week 13 NFC South rematch with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, New Orleans struck first as rookie kicker Garrett Hartley got a 47-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Buccaneers took the lead as kicker Matt Bryant got a 38-yard and a 23-yard field goal. The Saints would regain the lead as QB Drew Brees completed a 13-yard TD pass to WR Lance Moore.

In the third quarter, Tampa Bay regained the lead as RB Carnell "Cadillac" Williams got an 8-yard TD run, along with QB Jeff Garcia completing a 39-yard TD pass to WR Antonio Bryant. In the fourth quarter, New Orleans would tie the game as Brees completed a 20-yard TD pass to RB Pierre Thomas, along with Hartley getting a 43-yard field goal. However, the Buccaneers regained the lead as Bryant nailed a 37-yard field goal. The Saints tried to rally, but Brees' third interception prevented any hope of a comeback.

With the heart-breaking loss, New Orleans fell to 6–6.

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 14 3 8 25
Saints 7 9 0 13 29

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Tampa Bay, the New Orleans Saints returned home to host the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons appeared to be on the move on their first drive, but they came up empty after Saints cornerback Jason David intercepted Falcons rookie quarterback Matt Ryan at the Saints' 26-yard line. From there, it took New Orleans only three plays to get into the end zone as Reggie Bush ran for 43 yards and then caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees for the only score of the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Saints added to their lead with a 26-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley. The Atlanta offense finally woke up from there as Ryan completed a 59-yard pass to Roddy White, leading to an eventual 5-yard touchdown run by Michael Turner, cutting the deficit to 10–7. New Orleans would respond with a 10-play, 3:39 drive that culminated in a 46-yard field goal by Hartley, extending the Saints' lead to 13–7. Ryan then completed five of six passes on the Falcons' next drive, the last of which was a 2-yard touchdown pass to Brian Finneran, giving the Falcons a 14–13 lead. The Saints would then use the final 2:13 of the half to drive to the Falcons' 7-yard line, and closed out the half on a 25-yard field goal by Hartley to give New Orleans a 16–14 haltime lead.

After an exchange of punts to begin the second half, Atlanta drove down to the Saints' 5-yard line by virtue of a long 18-play, 9:15 drive, only to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Jason Elam, which nevertheless gave the Falcons a 17–16 lead. New Orleans responded with an 11-play drive bridging the third and fourth quarters, which ended with Brees' 7-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Thomas, with a failed two-point conversion. The Falcons then marched 73 yards in 11 plays, the last being a 12-yard touchdown scramble by Ryan, plus a successful two-point conversion to Michael Jenkins. But thanks to an 88-yard return by Thomas on the ensuing kickoff, the Saints' drive started off at the Falcons' 16-yard line. With the Saints facing 4th-and 1 at the 7-yard line, New Orleans coach Sean Payton elected to go for it rather than attempt a game-tying 25-yard field goal. Fullback Mike Karney came through for the Saints, getting a first down, and then Thomas gave the Saints a 29–25 lead with a 5-yard touchdown run. The Falcons could not get past their own 35-yard line on the ensuing drive, and they chose to punt the ball back to the Saints' offense, which ran out the clock.

With the win, the Saints kept their slim playoff hopes alive at 7–6. Pierre Thomas piled up 197 all-purpose yards, including 109 yards from scrimmage, 102 of it rushing. This was also the second time in a row that the Saints followed a heartbreaking loss to the Buccaneers with a win over the Falcons.

Week 15: at Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Saints 0 7 7 10 0 24
Bears 7 14 0 3 3 27

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

With a divisional home win to the Falcons behind them, the Saints flew to Soldier Field for a Week 15 Thursday night battle with the Chicago Bears. New Orleans immediately trailed as in the first quarter, as Bears safety Danieal Manning returned the game's opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. The Saints would answer with quarterback Drew Brees' 2-yard touchdown pass to running back Pierre Thomas, but Chicago struck right back as running back Matt Forté got a 1-yard touchdown run, along with quarterback Kyle Orton getting a 6-yard touchdown run.

The Saints would begin to rally in the third quarter, as Thomas got a 42-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, New Orleans took the lead as kicker Garrett Hartley got a 30-yard field goal, along with Brees completing an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marques Colston. However, the Bears tied the game as kicker Robbie Gould made a 28-yard field goal. In overtime, Chicago sealed New Orleans' fate as Gould nailed the game-winning 35-yard field goal.

With the heart-breaking loss, not only did the Saints fall to 7–7, but it knocked them out of playoff contention after Atlanta's 13–10 overtime win over Tampa Bay on December 14.

Week 16: at Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 14 14 14 0 42
Lions 0 7 0 0 7

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Coming off their loss to the Bears, the Saints flew to Ford Field for a Week 16 duel with the winless Detroit Lions. New Orleans would get the early first quarter lead as wide receiver Robert Meachem got a 20-yard touchdown run, followed by running back Deuce McAllister's 2-yard touchdown run. In the second quarter, the Lions would answer with running back Kevin Smith getting a 1-yard touchdown run, yet the Saints would answer with running back Mike Bell's 1-yard touchdown run, followed by running back Pierre Thomas's 2-yard touchdown run. New Orleans would close out the game's scoring with quarterback Drew Brees completing a 6-yard and a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marques Colston.

With the win, the Saints improved to 8–7.

Week 17: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 6 17 7 3 33
Saints 0 10 0 21 31

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Coming off their road win over the Lions, the Saints closed out their season at home in a Week 17 NFC South rematch with the Carolina Panthers. New Orleans would trail early in the first quarter as Panthers kicker John Kasay got a 45-yard and a 26-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Saints would respond as rookie kicker Garrett Hartley made a 21-yard field goal, yet Carolina answered with Kasay's 34-yard field goal, quarterback Jake Delhomme's 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, and cornerback Dante Wesley's 12-yard fumble return for a touchdown. New Orleans would close out the half with quarterback Drew Brees completing a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marques Colston.

The Panthers would add on to their lead in the third quarter as running back Jonathan Stewart got a 2-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, the Saints rallied to take the lead as Brees completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robert Meachem, along with a 9-yard and a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Lance Moore. However, Carolina took the lead for good as Kasay nailed the game-winning 42-yard field goal.

After being swept by the Panthers, the Saints ended their season at 8–8.

Despite falling 16 yards shy of surpassing Dan Marino for the most single-season passing yards, Brees (30/49 for 386 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT) would join Marino as the only quarterbacks to throw for 5,000+ yards in a season (5,069).

Standings[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 414 329 W1
(5) Atlanta Falcons 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 391 325 W3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 3–3 8–4 361 323 L4
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 463 393 L1

Statistics[edit]

Final Stats

Source: ESPN

Passing[edit]

Player G QB Rat. Comp. Att. Pct. Yards TD INT Long Sack
Drew Brees 16 96.2 413 635 65.0 5069 34 17 84 13
Lance Moore 0 0.0 0 1 0 0.0 0 1 0 0

Rushing[edit]

Player Att. Yards Avg. Long TD
Reggie Bush 106 404 3.8 43 2
Deuce McAllister 107 418 3.9 19 5
Pierre Thomas 129 625 4.8 42 9
Drew Brees 22 −1 0.0 9 0
Aaron Stecker 8 43 5.4 12 0
Mike Karney 8 10 1.3 3 2
Mike Bell 13 42 3.2 15 1
Devery Henderson 4 33 8.3 30 0
Robert Meachem 1 20 20.0 20 1

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec. Yards Avg. Long TD
Reggie Bush 52 440 8.5 42 4
Lance Moore 79 928 11.7 70 10
Jeremy Shockey 50 483 9.7 26 0
Devery Henderson 32 793 24.8 84 3
David Patten 11 162 14.7 39 1
Mark Campbell 12 121 10.1 29 2
Robert Meachem 12 289 24.1 74 3
Billy Miller 45 579 12.9 41 1
Pierre Thomas 31 284 9.2 24 3
Mike Karney 9 18 2.0 7 0
Marques Colston 47 760 16.2 70 5
Deuce McAllister 18 128 7.1 20 1
Olaniyi Sobomehin 2 8 4.0 10 0
Aaron Stecker 9 52 5.8 12 1
Sean Ryan 2 7 3.5 5 0
Buck Ortega 1 3 3 3 0
Mike Bell 1 14 14 14 0

Place Kicking[edit]

Player 1–19 A 1–19 M 20–29 A 20–29 M 30–39 A 30–39 M 40–49 A 40–49 M +50 A +50 M LNG TOT PCT XPM/A XP PCT PTS
Martín Gramática 0 0 0 0 3 3 5 2 2 1 53 6/10 60% 16/16 100% 34
Taylor Mehlhaff 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 44 3/4 75% 9/10 90% 18
Garrett Hartley 0 0 5 5 4 4 4 4 0 0 47 13/13 100% 28/28 100% 67

Punting[edit]

Player Punt Yards Avg. In20 TB Long
Steve Weatherford 26 1094 42.1 5 3 61
Ben Graham 3 126 42 1 0 44
Glenn Pakulak 24 1144 47.7 3 2 70

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 New Orleans Saints Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tampa Bay at New Orleans Week 1". National Football League. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 

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