2012 New Orleans Saints season

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2012 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach

Joe Vitt (Interim, preseason and games 7–16)

Aaron Kromer (Interim, games 1–6)
General manager Mickey Loomis (suspended for first 8 games)
Owner Tom Benson
Home field Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC South
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Drew Brees (QB)
Jermon Bushrod (OT)
Jimmy Graham (TE)
Carl Nicks (G)
Jahri Evans (G)
AP All-Pros Jahri Evans (1st team)
Thomas Morstead
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2012 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League, and the 37th with home games at the Superdome. It was going to be the seventh season under head coach Sean Payton; however, he was suspended by the NFL for the entire 2012 season as part of the punishment for the team's bounty scandal. On April 12, 2012, linebackers coach Joe Vitt was named interim head coach to replace Sean Payton while he served his one-year suspension.[1] On August 22, 2012, it was announced that Aaron Kromer would take over while Vitt himself served a six-game suspension to start the regular season.[2] The Saints attempted to make history as the first host team to play the Super Bowl on their own home field, but they were eliminated from post-season contention in Week 16. The Saints set an NFL record for most yards given up by a defense, 7,042 yards, surpassing the 1981 Baltimore Colts record of 6,793 yards.

Personnel changes[edit]

After his contract expired, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was hired by the St. Louis Rams to the same position on January 16, 2012. Former Rams' head coach Steve Spagnuolo is set to replace Williams. Williams was later handed an indefinite suspension from the NFL for his role in the bounty scandal.

Roster changes[edit]

Signings[edit]

All signings were to active roster, except where otherwise noted.
Pos. Player Date
[3][4]
Notes
WR Andy Tanner January 18, 2012
CB Kamaal McIlwain January 18, 2012 Released August 27, 2012.
OT Phil Trautwein January 18, 2012 Released May 15, 2012
OG Nick Howell January 18, 2012 Released May 15, 2012.
QB Sean Canfield January 18, 2012
CB Josh Victorian January 18, 2012 Released May 15, 2012
CB Cord Parks January 18, 2012 Released July 31, 2012. Re-Signed August 2, 2012. Released August 27, 2012.
OT Fenuki Tupou January 18, 2012 Placed on Injured Reserve August 20, 2012.
RB Chris Taylor January 18, 2012 Released June 8, 2012
DT Mitch King January 18, 2012
DT Swanson Miller January 19, 2012 Released August 27, 2012.
OG Ben Grubbs March 15, 2012 From the Baltimore Ravens
DT Brodrick Bunkley March 21, 2012 From the Denver Broncos
LB Chris Chamberlain March 23, 2012 From the St. Louis Rams. Placed on Injured Reserve August 20, 2012.
LB Curtis Lofton March 24, 2012 From the Atlanta Falcons
LB David Hawthorne April 3, 2012 From the Seattle Seahawks
WR Courtney Roby April 16, 2012 Re-Signed
CB Jabari Greer April 20, 2012 Re-Signed
LB Jonathan Casillas April 24, 2012 Re-Signed
K John Kasay April 26, 2012 Re-Signed
DT Remi Ayodele May 7, 2012 Released August 27, 2012.
CB Marquis Johnson May 11, 2012 From the St. Louis Rams
OT Hutch Eckerson May 14, 2012 Released August 27, 2012.
LB Lawrence Wilson May 15, 2012
CB Elbert Mack June 5, 2012 From the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB Luke McCown June 7, 2012 From the Jacksonville Jaguars. Released August 27, 2012.
QB Drew Brees July 13, 2012 Re-Signed
TE Derek Schouman July 24, 2012
DE Alex Daniels July 31, 2012
LB Ramon Humber August 6, 2012 Re-Signed
OG Paul Fenaroli August 11, 2012 Released August 27, 2012.
TE Daniel Graham August 11, 2012
WR Greg Camarillo August 20, 2012
LB Barrett Ruud August 20, 2012 From the Seattle Seahawks

Draft[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft

The Saints did not have a first- or second-round selection.[a][b]

2012 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
3 89 Akiem Hicks  DT Regina
4 122 Nick Toon  WR Wisconsin
5 162 Corey White  S Samford
6 179 Andrew Tiller  OG Syracuse Pick from MIA[c]
7 234 Marcel Jones  OT Nebraska
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
NOTES
^[a] The team traded its 2012 first-round selection and a 2011 second-round selection to the New England Patriots in exchange for the Patriots' 2011 first-round selection.
^[b] The team will forfeit second-round selections in 2012 and 2013 as part of the punishment for the team's bounty scandal.
^[c] The team swapped picks in the sixth round with the Miami Dolphins as part of the Reggie Bush trade.

Undrafted free agents[edit]

All undrafted free agents were signed just after the 2012 NFL Draft concluded on April 28.[5]

Position Player College Notes
LB Kadarron Anderson Furman Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp
WR Malcolm Beyah Middle Tennessee State Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Released June 13, 2012.
DE Braylon Broughton TCU Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp
TE Jake Byrne Wisconsin Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Released August 27, 2012.
RB Travaris Cadet Appalachian State Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp
DB A.J. Davis Jacksonville State Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Placed on Injured Reserve August 11, 2012. Released August 18, 2012.
C Brian Folkerts Washburn Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Released August 27, 2012.
WR Chris Givens Miami (OH) Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Placed on Injured Reserve August 2, 2012.
S Jose Gumbs Monmouth Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp
WR Kevin Hardy The Citadel Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Released July 24, 2012. Re-signed August 6, 2012. Released August 27, 2012.
OT Dan Hoch Missouri Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Released May 15, 2012.
LB Stephen Johnson Temple Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Released May 15, 2012.
S Jerico Nelson Arkansas Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp
RS Laron Scott Georgia Southern Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Releases August 6, 2012.
OT Aderious Simmons Arizona State Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp
LB Aaron Tevis Boise State Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Released August 27, 2012.
S Johnny Thomas Oklahoma State Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp. Released August 27, 2012.
DE/DT Tyrunn Walker Tulsa Added to the team roster on April 30, will participate in rookie mini-camp
OG DeOn'tae Pannell Penn State Added to the team roster on May 15 after participating in rookie mini-camp
DB Nick Hixson Hillsdale Added to the team roster on May 15 after participating in rookie mini-camp. Released June 8, 2012. Re-Signed August 11, 2012.
OG Scott Winnewisser California (PA) Signed May 29, 2012. Placed on Injured Reserve August 6, 2012.
RB Joe Banyard UTEP Signed June 7, 2012.
WR Derek Moye Penn State Claimed off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on June 13, 2012. Released August 27, 2012.
LB Donavan Robinson Jackson State Signed June 22, 2012. Released August 27, 2012.
WR Marques Clark Henderson State Signed July 24, 2012. Released August 27, 2012.

Staff[edit]

2012 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Sean Payton
  • Interim Head Coach/Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers – Joe Vitt

Offensive coaches


† – suspended for the entire 2012 season
(see New Orleans Saints bounty scandal)

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2012 New Orleans Saints final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 11 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Saints' 2012 preseason began when they faced the Arizona Cardinals in the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The game aired on the NFL Network, and it was the fourth time for the Cardinals and the fifth time for the Saints playing in the Hall of Fame Game.[6]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
HOF August 5 7:00 p.m. CDT vs. Arizona Cardinals W 17–10 1–0 Fawcett Stadium (Canton, Ohio) NFLN Recap
1 August 9 6:30 p.m. CDT at New England Patriots L 6–7 1–1 Gillette Stadium WVUE-DT Recap
2 August 17 7:00 p.m. CDT Jacksonville Jaguars L 24–27 1–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome WVUE-DT Recap
3 August 25 7:00 p.m. CDT Houston Texans W 34–27 2–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome CBS Recap
4 August 30 6:00 p.m. CDT at Tennessee Titans L 6–10 2–3 LP Field WVUE-DT Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 12:00 p.m. CDT Washington Redskins L 32–40 0–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
2 September 16 12:00 p.m. CDT at Carolina Panthers L 27–35 0–2 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 23 12:00 p.m. CDT Kansas City Chiefs L 24–27 (OT) 0–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome CBS Recap
4 September 30 3:25 p.m. CDT at Green Bay Packers L 27–28 0–4 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
5 October 7 7:20 p.m. CDT San Diego Chargers W 31–24 1–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome NBC Recap
6 Bye
7 October 21 12:00 p.m. CDT at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 35–28 2–4 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
8 October 28 7:20 p.m. CDT at Denver Broncos L 14–34 2–5 Sports Authority Field at Mile High NBC Recap
9 November 5 7:30 p.m. CST Philadelphia Eagles W 28–13 3–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome ESPN[a] Recap
10 November 11 12:00 p.m. CST Atlanta Falcons W 31–27 4–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
11 November 18 3:05 p.m. CST at Oakland Raiders W 38–17 5–5 O.co Coliseum Fox Recap
12 November 25 3:25 p.m. CST San Francisco 49ers L 21–31 5–6 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
13 November 29 7:20 p.m. CST at Atlanta Falcons L 13–23 5–7 Georgia Dome NFLN[b] Recap
14 December 9 3:25 p.m. CST at New York Giants L 27–52 5–8 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 16 12:00 p.m. CST Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 41–0 6–8 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
16 December 23 12:00 p.m. CST at Dallas Cowboys W 34–31 (OT) 7–8 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 30 12:00 p.m. CST Carolina Panthers L 38–44 7–9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates division opponents.
^[a] Simulcast locally on WDSU.
^[b] Simulcast locally on WVUE-DT.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week One: Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 10 10 10 10 40
Saints 7 7 3 15 32

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter

FG- Billy Cundiff 37 yard kick WAS TD- Jimmy Graham 20 yard pass from Drew Brees (Garret Hartley kick) NO TD- Pierre Garçon 88 yard pass from Robert Griffin III (Cundiff kick) WAS

Second quarter

TD- Aldrick Robinson 5 yard pass from Griffin III (Cundiff kick) WAS FG- Cundiff 41 yard kick WAS TD- Courtney Roby 4 blocked punt (Hartley kick) NO

Third quarter

TD- Alfred Morris 1 yard run (Cundiff kick) WAS FG- Cundiff 37 yard kick WAS FG- Hartley 21 yard kick NO

Fourth quarter

FG- Billy Cundiff 45 yard kick WAS TD- Lance Moore 33 yard pass from Brees (Hartley kick) TD- Morris 3 yard run (Cundiff kick) TD- Darren Sproles 2 yard pass from Brees (Hartley kick)

Leading Passers
  • WAS – Robert Griffin III
  • NO – Drew Brees
Leading Rushers
  • WAS – Alfred Morris
  • NO – Pierre Thomas
Leading Receivers
  • WAS – Pierre Garçon
  • NO – Lance Moore
Leading Tacklers
  • WAS – Madieu Williams
  • NO – Roman Harper

With the loss, the Saints started their season 0–1.

Week 2: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Two: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 10 3 0 14 27
Panthers 7 14 7 7 35

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • NO – D. Brees: 31/49, 325 yards, 1TD, 2INT
  • CAR –
Leading Rushers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Leading Receivers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Leading Tacklers
  • NO –
  • CAR –

With the loss, the Saints fell to 0–2.

Week 3: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Three: Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Chiefs 3 3 7 11 3 27
Saints 7 3 14 0 0 24

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 72,226
  • Referee: Don King
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • KC –
  • NO –
Leading Rushers
  • KC –
  • NO –
Leading Receivers
  • KC –
  • NO –
Leading Tacklers
  • KC –
  • NO –

With the close loss, the Saints fell to 0–3.

Week 4: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Four: New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 7 10 3 27
Packers 7 14 0 7 28

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • NO –
  • GB –
Leading Rushers
  • NO –
  • GB –
Leading Receivers
  • NO –
  • GB –
Leading Tacklers
  • NO –
  • GB –

With the loss, the Saints face their first 0–4 start since 2007.

Week 5: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Five: San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 10 7 0 24
Saints 7 7 7 10 31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • SD –
  • NO –
Leading Rushers
  • SD –
  • NO –
Leading Receivers
  • SD –
  • NO –
Leading Tacklers
  • SD –
  • NO –

Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' record of consecutive games with a touchdown in the first quarter. The record touchdown was witnessed by Unitas' son Joe. With the surprising win, the Saints go into their bye week at 1–4.

Week 7: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Seven: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 21 0 7 35
Buccaneers 14 7 0 7 28

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • NO –
  • TB –
Leading Rushers
  • NO –
  • TB –
Leading Receivers
  • NO –
  • TB –
Leading Tacklers
  • NO –
  • TB –

With the win, the Saints improved to 2–4. Also, QB Drew Brees increased his number of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 49.

Week 8: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Seven: New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 7 0 7 14
Broncos 7 10 7 10 34

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CDT/6:20 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 76,832
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • NO –
  • DEN –
Leading Rushers
  • NO –
  • DEN –
Leading Receivers
  • NO –
  • DEN –
Leading Tacklers
  • NO –
  • DEN –

With the loss, the Saints fell to 2–5. However, despite the loss, QB Drew Brees increased his record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 50.

Week 9: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Nine: Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 3 10 0 13
Saints 7 14 7 0 28

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • PHI –
  • NO –
Leading Rushers
  • PHI –
  • NO –
Leading Receivers
  • PHI –
  • NO –
Leading Tacklers
  • PHI –
  • NO –

With the win, the Saints improved to 3–5. Also, QB Drew Brees increased his streak of games with at least one passing touchdown to 51.

Week 10: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Ten: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 7 0 10 27
Saints 7 14 7 3 31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,126
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • ATL –
  • NO –
Leading Rushers
  • ATL –
  • NO –
Leading Receivers
  • ATL –
  • NO –
Leading Tacklers
  • ATL –
  • NO –

After their huge win over the Eagles, the Saints stayed home for a game against their heated rival Falcons. Sitting at 3–5, the Falcons came into this game at 8–0. The Saints surprisingly won their 4th-straight game against the Falcons and improved their record to 4–5 while the Falcons dropped to 8–1. Drew Brees brought his total of games with a passing touchdown to 52.

Week 11: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Eleven: New Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 14 7 14 3 38
Raiders 0 7 3 7 17

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 56,880
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • NO –
  • OAK –
Leading Rushers
  • NO –
  • OAK –
Leading Receivers
  • NO –
  • OAK –
Leading Tacklers
  • NO –
  • OAK –

After 2 straight dominant home wins, the Saints traveled to Oakland to take on the Raiders. The Saints again dominated this game after the Raiders took the first points of the game. The Saints would win and improve to 5–5 on the season keeping their playoff hopes alive. Also Drew Brees brought his streak of at least 1 passing touchdown in a single game to 53.

Week 12: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Twelve: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 7 14 3 31
Saints 7 7 7 0 21

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,147
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • SF –
  • NO –
Leading Rushers
  • SF –
  • NO –
Leading Receivers
  • SF –
  • NO –
Leading Tacklers
  • SF –
  • NO –

The loss dropped the team to 5–6, but Brees' record of games with at least 1 passing touchdown stood at 54.

Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Thirteen: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 7 6 0 13
Falcons 7 10 0 6 23

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Leading Rushers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Leading Receivers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Leading Tacklers
  • NO –
  • ATL –

After the tough road loss to the Niners, the Saints traveled to take on the Falcons in a TNF matchup. The Saints' 4-game winning streak against the Falcons would be snapped as the team dropped to 5–7. Also, QB Drew Brees' streak of consecutive games with at least 1 passing touchdown would come to an end as he threw a career-high 5 interceptions in one game on the night. Regardless, his total passing touchdowns at this point was 31 bringing him his 5th straight season with 30+ passing touchdowns.

Week 14: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Fourteen: New Orleans Saints at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 6 14 0 27
Giants 14 7 14 17 52

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 81,437
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • NO –
  • NYG –
Leading Rushers
  • NO –
  • NYG –
Leading Receivers
  • NO –
  • NYG –
Leading Tacklers
  • NO –
  • NYG –

Week 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Fifteen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 0 0 0 0
Saints 7 17 7 10 41

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,096
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, and Laura Okmin
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • TB –
  • NO –
Leading Rushers
  • TB –
  • NO –
Leading Receivers
  • TB –
  • NO –
Leading Tacklers
  • TB –
  • NO –

With the win, The Saints improved to 6–8 and swept the Buccaneers for the first time since 2006 and posted their first shutout win since 1995 to the New York Jets 12–0

Week 16: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Sixteen: New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Saints 7 10 7 7 3 34
Cowboys 0 14 3 14 0 31

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 92,570
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • NO –
  • DAL –
Leading Rushers
  • NO –
  • DAL –
Leading Receivers
  • NO –
  • DAL –
Leading Tacklers
  • NO –
  • DAL –

With the win, the Saints improved to 7–8. However, the Saints were eliminated from postseason contention, thus rendering them unable to play Super Bowl XLVII on their own home turf (no team still has not done this in Super Bowl history).

Week 17: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 10 14 17 44
Saints 0 17 7 14 38

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,124
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz and Krista Voda
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Leading Rushers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Leading Receivers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Leading Tacklers
  • CAR –
  • NO –

With the loss, the Saints finished with their first losing season since 2007 at 7–9. Also, the team was swept by the Panthers for the first time since 2008.

Standings[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Atlanta Falcons(1) 13 3 0 .813 3–3 9–3 419 299 L1
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 357 363 W4
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 461 454 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 389 394 W1

References[edit]

External links[edit]