2013 New Orleans Saints season

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2013 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Sean Payton
General manager Mickey Loomis
Owner Tom Benson
Home field Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd NFC South
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Eagles) 26–24
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 15–23
Pro Bowlers Drew Brees (QB)
Jahri Evans (G)
Jimmy Graham (TE)
Ben Grubbs (G)
Cameron Jordan (DE)
AP All-Pros Jimmy Graham (1st team)
Jahri Evans (2nd team)
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2013 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League and the 38th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It also marked the seventh season under head coach Sean Payton, who returned to the team after serving a one-year suspension for his involvement in the team's 2012 bounty scandal.

The Saints improved their 7–9 record from last season, going 11–5 and making the playoffs as the six-seed. They earned the franchise's first-ever road postseason victory, with a 26–24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round, ending the drought at 0–5. However, the Saints were eliminated by the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional round, by a score of 23–15. The 2013 season was also the first time the team has went 8-0 at home since the 2011 season.

2013 draft class[edit]

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 15 Kenny Vaccaro Safety Texas
3 75 Terron Armstead Offensive tackle Arkansas–Pine Bluff
82 John Jenkins Defensive tackle Georgia
5 144 Kenny Stills Wide receiver Oklahoma
6 183 Rufus Johnson Defensive end Tarleton State
Notes

The Saints did not have selections in the second, fourth, or seventh rounds. They forfeited their second-round selection as part of the punishment for the team's 2012 bounty scandal. They acquired the No. 82 selection in a trade that sent two fourth-round selections, Nos. 106 and 109 overall, to the Miami Dolphins. The No. 106 selection had been acquired in a trade that sent running back Chris Ivory to the New York Jets. The Saints traded their seventh-round selection to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for linebacker Barrett Ruud.

Staff[edit]

2013 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2013 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, 14 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Saints' preseason opponents was announced on April 4, 2013 as the Saints faced the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders at home while facing the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins away.[1] The Saints' regular season schedule was announced on April 18, 2013.[2]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 7:00 p.m. CDT Kansas City Chiefs W 17–13 1–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome CST Recap
2 August 16 7:00 p.m. CDT Oakland Raiders W 28–20 2–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome CST Recap
3 August 25 3:00 p.m. CDT at Houston Texans W 31–23 3–0 Reliant Stadium Fox Recap
4 August 29 6:30 p.m. CDT at Miami Dolphins L 21–24 3–1 Sun Life Stadium CST Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 8 12:00 p.m. CDT Atlanta Falcons W 23–17 1–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
2 September 15 3:05 p.m. CDT at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 16–14 2–0 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 22 12:00 p.m. CDT Arizona Cardinals W 31–7 3–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
4 September 30 7:40 p.m. CDT Miami Dolphins W 38–17 4–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome ESPN[a] Recap
5 October 6 12:00 p.m. CDT at Chicago Bears W 26–18 5–0 Soldier Field Fox Recap
6 October 13 3:25 p.m. CDT at New England Patriots L 27–30 5–1 Gillette Stadium Fox Recap
7 Bye
8 October 27 12:00 p.m. CDT Buffalo Bills W 35–17 6–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome CBS Recap
9 November 3 12:00 p.m. CST at New York Jets L 20–26 6–2 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 10 7:30 p.m. CST Dallas Cowboys W 49–17 7–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome NBC Recap
11 November 17 3:25 p.m. CST San Francisco 49ers W 23–20 8–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
12 November 21 7:25 p.m. CST at Atlanta Falcons W 17–13 9–2 Georgia Dome NFLN[b] Recap
13 December 2 7:40 p.m. CST at Seattle Seahawks L 7–34 9–3 CenturyLink Field ESPN[a] Recap
14 December 8 7:30 p.m. CST[3] Carolina Panthers W 31–13 10–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome NBC[3] Recap
15 December 15 3:25 p.m. CST[4] at St. Louis Rams L 16–27 10–4 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
16 December 22 12:00 p.m. CST at Carolina Panthers L 13–17 10–5 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 29 3:25 p.m. CST[5] Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 42–17 11–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
LEGEND
Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
^[a] Simulcast on WDSU.
^[b] Simulcast on WVUE-DT.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 4, 2014 7:10 p.m. CST at Philadelphia Eagles (3) W 26–24 1–0 Lincoln Financial Field NBC Recap
Divisional January 11, 2014 3:35 p.m. CST at Seattle Seahawks (1) L 15–23 1–1 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week One: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 0 7 0 17
Saints 0 13 7 3 23

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Week 2: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Two: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 10 0 3 3 16
Buccaneers 7 0 0 7 14

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –Drew Brees
  • TB –
Top rushers
  • NO –Darren Sproles
  • TB –
Top receivers
  • NO –Kenny Stills
  • TB –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • TB –

Week 3: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Three: Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 0 0 0 7
Saints 7 7 3 14 31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • NO –

Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Four: Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 7 0 7 17
Saints 7 14 14 3 38

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • NO –

Week 5: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Five: New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 6 14 3 3 26
Bears 0 7 3 8 18

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • CHI –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • CHI –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • CHI –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • CHI –

Week 6: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Six: New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 0 10 10 27
Patriots 3 14 3 10 30

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • NE –

Week 8: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Eight: Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 10 0 7 17
Saints 7 14 7 7 35

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • NO –

Week 9: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Nine: New Orleans Saints at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 7 3 3 20
Jets 3 17 3 3 26

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C)
  • Game attendance: 76,957
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Molly McGrath
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • NYJ –

Week 10: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Ten: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 7 7 0 17
Saints 7 21 7 14 49

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • NO –

Week 11: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Eleven: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 7 3 20
Saints 7 7 0 9 23

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,025
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • NO –

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Twelve: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 7 3 0 17
Falcons 7 6 0 0 13

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • ATL –

Week 13: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Thirteen: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 7 0 0 7
Seahawks 17 10 7 0 34

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 7:40 p.m. CST/5:40 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,387
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (ESPN[a]): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • SEA –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • SEA –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • SEA –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • SEA –

Week 14: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Fourteen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 6 0 0 7 13
Saints 0 21 3 7 31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST[3]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,089
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (NBC[3]): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • NO –

Week 15: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Fifteen: New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 3 0 13 16
Rams 14 10 3 0 27

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • STL –

Week 16: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Sixteen: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 6 0 7 13
Panthers 0 7 3 7 17

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 22
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), rainy
  • Game attendance: 73,825
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • CAR –

Week 17: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 7 7 3 0 17
Saints 14 14 7 7 42

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • TB –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • TB –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • TB –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • TB –
  • NO –

Postseason[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at #3 Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: #6 New Orleans Saints at #3 Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 6 14 6 26
Eagles 0 7 7 10 24

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • PHI –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • PHI –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • PHI –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • PHI –

NFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #1 Seattle Seahawks[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoff Game: #6 New Orleans Saints at #1 Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 0 0 15 15
Seahawks 6 10 0 7 23

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 38-yard field goal, 10:19. Seahawks 3–0. Drive: 6 plays, 20 yards, 3:20.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 49-yard field goal, 0:37. Seahawks 6–0. Drive: 9 plays, 34 yards, 4:26.
Second quarter
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 15-yard Run (Steven Hauschka Kick), 14:17. Seahawks 13–0. Drive: 2 plays, 24 yds, 0:34
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 26-yard field goal, 1:22. Seahawks 16–0. Drive: 12 plays, 63 yards, 4:44.
Third quarter
  • None
Fourth quarter
  • NO - Khiry Robinson 1-yard Run(2-pt conv. – Mark Ingram run), 13:14 Seahawks 16–8. Drive: 9 plays, 74 yds, 4:27
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 31-yard Run (Steven Hauschka Kick), 2:48. Seahawks 23–8. Drive: 4 plays, 62 yds, 1:11.
  • NO - Marques Colston 9-yard from Drew Brees (Shayne Graham Kick), 0:32 Seahawks 16–15. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yds, 2:14
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 W3
(6) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 L2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 L3

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 *Seattle Seahawks (1) West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 417 231 186 W1
2 zCarolina Panthers (2) South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 125 W3
3 yPhiladelphia Eagles (3) East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 442 382 60 W2
4 yGreen Bay Packers (4) North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 428 -11 W1
Wild cards
5 wSan Francisco 49ers (5) West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 406 272 134 W6
6 wNew Orleans Saints (6) South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 110 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 379 324 55 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 -33 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 439 432 7 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 294 383 -89 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 19 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 348 364 -16 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 -89 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 -90 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 -101 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .200 0–6 1–11 334 478 -144 L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Orleans Saints Announce 2013 Preseason Opponents". neworleanssaints.com. April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Orleans Saints Announce 2013 Schedule". neworleanssaints.com. April 18, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Week 14 Flex Scheduling: December 8 Panthers-Saints Game Moves to NBC Sunday Night Football; Falcons-Packers Goes to 1:00 PM ET on FOX". NFL.com. November 24, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Week 15 Flex Scheduling: Bengals-Steelers Remains NBC Sunday Night Game; Saints-Rams and Cardinals-Titans Go to 4:25 PM ET on FOX". NFL.com. December 2, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Week 17 Flex Scheduling: Eagles-Cowboys to be NBC Sunday Night Football Game on Dec. 29; Bills-Patriots Moves to 4:25 PM ET on CBS; Buccaneers-Saints to 4:25 PM ET on FOX". NFLCommunications.com. December 22, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 

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