The 1983New Orleans Saints season was the team's 17th as a member of the National Football League. They improved on their previous season's output of 4–5, winning eight games. Despite the improvement, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventeenth consecutive season. With an 8-7 record going into the final game of the season at the Superdome against the Los Angeles Rams, the Saints had a chance to finish with their first winning season, and earning a playoff berth. However, Rams kicker Mike Lansford kicked a 42-yard Field Goal with :06 left to defeat the Saints 26-24, and advance to the playoffs.