1971 New Orleans Saints season

The 1971 New Orleans Saints season was the Saints' fifth season. The Saints drafted Archie Manning with their first round pick, the second overall.

Manning led the Saints to their first opening day victory in franchise history, scoring a touchdown run on a rollout on the final play of a 24–20 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans' first over Los Angeles following four consecutive losses, including the Saints' inaugural game in 1967. Four weeks later, Manning engineered a 24–14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, who would return to Tulane Stadium in January and win Super Bowl VI over the Miami Dolphins.

1971 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachJ. D. Roberts
General managerVic Schwenk
OwnerJohn W. Mecom, Jr.
Home fieldTulane Stadium
Results
Record4–8–2
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL draft

1971 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 2 Archie Manning *  Quarterback Mississippi
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

Personnel

Staff

1971 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • President – John W. Mecom, Jr.
  • General Manager – Vic Schwenk

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

[2] [3]

Roster

1971 New Orleans Saints roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19, 1971 Los Angeles Rams W 24–20
70,915
2 September 26, 1971 San Francisco 49ers L 38–20
81,595
3 October 3, 1971 at Houston Oilers T 13–13
47,966
4 October 10, 1971 at Chicago Bears L 35–14
55,049
5 October 17, 1971 Dallas Cowboys W 24–14
83,088
6 October 24, 1971 at Atlanta Falcons L 28–6
58,850
7 October 31, 1971 at Washington Redskins L 24–14
53,041
8 November 7, 1971 Oakland Raiders T 21–21
83,102
9 November 14, 1971 at San Francisco 49ers W 26–20
45,138
10 November 21, 1971 Minnesota Vikings L 23–10
83,130
11 November 28, 1971 at Green Bay Packers W 29–21
48,035
12 December 5, 1971 at Los Angeles Rams L 45–28
73,610
13 December 12, 1971 Cleveland Browns L 21–17
72,794
14 December 19, 1971 Atlanta Falcons L 24–20
75,954

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Rams 0 3314 20
Saints 0 3147 24

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Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers 9 5 0 .643 2–4 7–4 300 216 W2
Los Angeles Rams 8 5 1 .615 4–1–1 7–3–1 313 260 W1
Atlanta Falcons 7 6 1 .538 3–2–1 4–6–1 274 277 W1
New Orleans Saints 4 8 2 .333 2–4 4–7 266 347 L3

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References

  1. ^ "1971 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Scouting Report ... New Orleans Saints". Corsicana Daily Sun. Corsicana, Texas. October 14, 1971. p. 27. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  4. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

External links

Scoring summary
2NOSkip Butler 32 yard field goalSaints 3–0
2LADavid Ray 31 yard field goalTie 3–3
3NODave Parks 6 yard pass from Archie Manning (Skip Butler kick)Saints 10–3
3NOBob Gresham 2 yard run (Skip Butler kick)Saints 17–3
3LADavid Ray 27 yard field goalSaints 17–6
4LALes Josephson 29 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)Saints 17–13
4LALes Josephson 1 yard run (David Ray kick)Rams 20–17
4NOArchie Manning 1 yard run (Skip Butler kick)Saints 24–20
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Conference championships (1)
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