|1970 New Orleans Saints season|
|Head Coach||Tom Fears and J. D. Roberts|
|General Manager||Vic Schwenk|
|Home Field||Tulane Stadium|
|Place||4th NFC West|
|Playoff Finish||did not qualify|
|Previous season||Next season|
The 1970 New Orleans Saints season was the team's fourth as a member of the National Football League. After spending their first three seasons in the NFL's Eastern Conference, the Saints moved in 1970 to the West Division of the new National Football Conference. They failed to improve on their previous season's output of 5–9, winning only two games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
Following a 1–5–1 start, coach Tom Fears was fired by owner John W. Mecom Jr. and replaced by J.D. Roberts, whose first game was a 19–17 victory over the Detroit Lions at Tulane Stadium in which Tom Dempsey set an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal on the final play; it broke the record held by Bert Rechichar of the Baltimore Colts by seven yards, set seventeen years earlier. Dempsey's record was tied by three: Jason Elam (Denver Broncos, 1998), Sebastian Janikowski (Oakland Raiders, 2011), and David Akers (San Francisco 49ers, 2012). It was broken by Matt Prater of the Broncos in 2013, at 64 yards at elevation in Colorado.
The victory over the Lions was last of the season for the Saints, but both victories came over teams in the thick of the NFC playoff race. The other, a 14–10 triumph over the New York Giants in week three, cost the Giants the NFC East division championship. The Lions qualified for the playoffs as the wild card from the NFC, but were nearly forced into a coin toss with the Dallas Cowboys, a situation which was only averted when the Giants lost their season finale to the Los Angeles Rams.
|1970 New Orleans Saints draft|
|1||10||Ken Burrough *||Wide receiver||Texas Southern|
|3||62||Clovis Swinney||Defensive tackle||Arkansas State|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1970 New Orleans Saints staff|
| Front office
| Defensive coaches
|1970 New Orleans Saints roster|
| Offensive linemen
|1||September 20, 1970||Atlanta Falcons||L 14–3|| |
|2||September 27, 1970||at Minnesota Vikings||L 26–0|| |
|3||October 4, 1970||New York Giants||W 14–10|| |
|4||October 11, 1970||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 24–17|| |
|5||October 18, 1970||at San Francisco 49ers||T 20–20|| |
|6||October 25, 1970||at Atlanta Falcons||L 32–14|| |
|7||November 1, 1970||Los Angeles Rams||L 30–17|| |
|8||November 8, 1970||Detroit Lions||W 19–17|| |
|9||November 15, 1970||at Miami Dolphins||L 21–10|| |
|10||November 22, 1970||Denver Broncos||L 31–6|| |
|11||November 29, 1970||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 26–6|| |
|12||December 6, 1970||at Los Angeles Rams||L 34–16|| |
|13||December 13, 1970||San Francisco 49ers||L 38–27|| |
|14||December 20, 1970||Chicago Bears||L 24–3|| |
- ↑ 1970 New Orleans Saints
- ↑ "Dempsey's 63 yard FG jolts Lions". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press: p. 1, part 2. November 9, 1970. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=IJtRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KhEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3930%2C1540387.
- ↑ "Colts jolt Bears, 13-9, get record 56-yard field goal". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press: p. 2, part 2. September 28, 1953. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=E5ExAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OxAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2279%2C3321799.
- ↑ "1970 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nor/1970_draft.htm. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
- ↑ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. http://www.neworleanssaints.com/team/history/all-time-roster.html. Retrieved June 24, 2012.