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{{Infobox NFL season
 
{{Infobox NFL season
| team = New Orleans Saints
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| team = New Orleans Saints
| year = 1970
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| year = 1970
| record = 2–11–1
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| record = 2-11-1
| division_place = 4th [[NFC West]]
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| division_place = 4th [[NFC West]]
| coach = [[Tom Fears]] and [[J. D. Roberts]]
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| coach = [[Tom Fears]] and [[J.D. Roberts]]
| general manager = Vic Schwenk
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| stadium = [[Tulane Stadium]]
| owner = John W. Mecom, Jr.
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| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
| stadium = [[Tulane Stadium]]
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
 
| uniform =
 
| shortnavlink = Saints seasons
 
 
}}
 
}}
   
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 and Western Conferences (NFL) 1933–69|Eastern Conference]], the Saints moved in 1970 to the [[NFC West|West Division]] of the new [[National Football Conference]]. They failed to improve on their [[1969 New Orleans Saints season|previous season]]'s output {{nowrap|of 5–9,}} winning only two games.<ref>[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nor/1970.htm 1970 New Orleans Saints]</ref> The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
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The '''[[1970 NFL season|1970]] [[New Orleans Saints]] season''' was the team's fourth as a member of the [[National Football League]]. They failed to improve on their [[1969 New Orleans Saints season|previous season]]'s output of 5-9, winning only two games.<ref>[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nor/1970.htm 1970 New Orleans Saints]</ref> 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 {{nowrap|19–17}} victory over the [[1970 Detroit Lions season|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 [[1953 Baltimore Colts season|Baltimore Colts]] by seven yards, set seventeen years {{nowrap|earlier.<ref name=dfgwgmms>{{cite news |url=https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=IJtRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KhEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3930%2C1540387 |work=Milwaukee Sentinel |agency=Associated Press |title=Dempsey's 63 yard FG jolts Lions |date=November 9, 1970 |page=1, part 2}}</ref><ref name=cjbrs>{{cite news |url=https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=E5ExAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OxAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2279%2C3321799 |work=Milwaukee Sentinel |agency=Associated Press |title=Colts jolt Bears, 13-9, get record 56-yard field goal |date=September 28, 1953 |page=2, part 2}}</ref>}} Dempsey's record was tied by three: [[Jason Elam]] ([[1998 Denver Broncos season|Denver Broncos]], {{nfly|1998}}), [[Sebastian Janikowski]] ([[Oakland Raiders]], {{nfly|2011}}), and [[David Akers]] ([[2012 San Francisco 49ers season|San Francisco 49ers]], {{nfly|2012}}). {{nowrap|It was}} broken by [[Matt Prater]] of the [[2013 Denver Broncos season|Broncos]] in {{nfly|2013}}, at 64 yards at elevation in [[Colorado]].
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The second of the team's two victories came against the [[Detroit Lions]] on November 8, on an NFL-record 63-yard [[Field goal (football)|field goal]] by [[Tom Dempsey]].
 
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 {{nowrap|14–10}} triumph over the [[1970 New York Giants season|New York Giants]] in week three, cost the Giants the NFC East division championship. The Lions qualified for the [[1970–71 NFL playoffs|playoffs]] as the wild card from the NFC, but were nearly forced into a coin toss with the [[1970 Dallas Cowboys season|Dallas Cowboys]], a situation which was only averted when the Giants lost their season finale to the [[1970 Los Angeles Rams season|Los Angeles Rams]].
 
   
 
==Offseason==
 
==Offseason==
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===NFL Draft===
===NFL draft===
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{|class="wikitable" width="80%"
{{main article|1970 NFL draft}}
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|- align="center" style="background:black;color:#BB8C3C;"
{{NFL team draft start
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| '''Round''' || '''Pick''' || '''Player''' || '''Position''' || '''School'''
| year = 1970
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
| teamname = New Orleans Saints
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|1||10||[[Ken Burrough]]||Wide Receiver||Texas Southern
}}
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
{{NFL team draft entry
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|3||62||[[Clovis Swinney]]||Defensive Tackle|| Arkansas State
| round = 1
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|- align="center" bgcolor=""
| pick = 10
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|}<ref>http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1970.htm</ref>
| player = [[Ken Burrough]]
 
| position = [[Wide receiver]]
 
| college = [[Texas Southern Tigers football|Texas Southern]]
 
| notes =
 
| maderoster = yes
 
| probowl = yes
 
}}
 
{{NFL team draft entry
 
| round = 3
 
| pick = 62
 
| player = Clovis Swinney
 
| position = [[Defensive tackle]]
 
| college = [[Arkansas State Red Wolves football|Arkansas State]]
 
| notes =
 
| maderoster = yes
 
}}
 
{{NFL team draft end
 
| hof = no
 
}}
 
<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nor/1970_draft.htm |title=1970 New Orleans Saints draftees |work=Pro-Football-Reference.com |accessdate=November 10, 2014 }}</ref>
 
 
==Personnel==
 
===Staff===
 
{{NFL final staff
 
| year = 1970
 
| team = New Orleans Saints
 
 
| front_office =
 
* President – John W. Mecom, Jr.
 
* General Manager – Vic Schwenk
 
* Director of Player Personnel – [[Jack Faulkner]]
 
 
| head_coach =
 
* Head Coach – [[Tom Fears]] {{small|(first 7 games)}}
 
* Head Coach – [[J. D. Roberts]] {{small|(last 7 games)}}
 
 
| offensive =
 
* Offensive Backfield – [[Don Heinrich]]
 
* Receivers – [[Billy Ray Barnes]]
 
* Offensive Line – [[Brad Ecklund]] {{small|(first 7 games)}}
 
* Offensive Line – [[Jim Royer]] {{small|(last 7 games)}}
 
 
| defensive =
 
* Defensive Line – [[Ed Khayat]]
 
* Linebackers – [[Jerry Smith (coach)|Jerry Smith]]
 
* Defensive Backfield – [[Ed Biles]]
 
}}
 
<ref>{{cite web |title=All-Time Roster |url=http://www.neworleanssaints.com/team/history/all-time-roster.html |publisher=NewOrleansSaints.com |accessdate=June 24, 2012 |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120618110940/http://www.neworleanssaints.com/team/history/all-time-roster.html |archive-date=2012-06-18 |dead-url=yes |df= }}</ref>
 
 
===Roster===
 
{{NFL season roster
 
| year = 1970
 
| team = New Orleans Saints
 
 
| quarterbacks =
 
{{NFLplayer|14|Ed Hargett}}
 
{{NFLplayer|17|Billy Kilmer}}
 
 
| running_backs =
 
{{NFLplayer|38|Tony Baker|d=running back, born 1945}}
 
{{NFLplayer|32|Tom Barrington}}
 
{{NFLplayer|47|Bill Dusenbery|rookie=y}}
 
{{NFLplayer|48|Andy Livingston}}
 
{{NFLplayer|35|Jim Otis|rookie=y|FB}}
 
{{NFLplayer|22|Elijah Pitts}}
 
{{NFLplayer|39|Ernie Wheelwright|d=running back}}
 
 
| wide_receivers =
 
{{NFLplayer|46|Danny Abramowicz}}
 
{{NFLplayer|00|Ken Burrough|rookie=y}}
 
{{NFLplayer|25|Al Dodd}}
 
{{NFLplayer|85|Ray Poage}}
 
{{NFLplayer|30|Bob Shaw|d=wide receiver|rookie=y}}
 
 
| tight_ends =
 
{{NFLplayer|83|Dave Parks}}
 
 
| offensive_linemen =
 
{{NFLplayer|50|Jake Kupp|G}}
 
{{NFLplayer|70|Errol Linden|T}}
 
{{NFLplayer|75|Mike Richey|d=American football|T}}
 
{{NFLplayer|67|John Shinners|G}}
 
{{NFLplayer|73|Jerry Sturm|C}}
 
{{NFLplayer|72|Don Talbert|T}}
 
{{NFLplayer|77|Mike Taylor|d=offensive tackle|T}}
 
{{NFLplayer|61|Del Williams|G}}
 
 
| defensive_linemen =
 
{{NFLplayer|84|Larry Estes|rookie=y|DE}}
 
{{NFLplayer|89|Dave Long|d=American football|DT}}
 
{{NFLplayer|87|Richard Neal|d=American football|DE}}
 
{{NFLplayer|76|Dave Rowe|d=American football|DT}}
 
{{NFLplayer|60|Doug Sutherland|d=American football|rookie=y|DT}}
 
{{NFLplayer|74|Mike Tilleman|DT}}
 
 
| linebackers =
 
{{NFLplayer|53|Dick Absher}}
 
{{NFLplayer|82|Johnny Brewer}}
 
{{NFLplayer|55|Jackie Burkett}}
 
{{NFLplayer|66|Bill Cody|d=American football}}
 
{{NFLplayer|59|Wayne Colman}}
 
{{NFLplayer|52|Harry Jacobs|d=American football}}
 
{{NFLplayer|57|Mike Morgan|d=linebacker, born 1942}}
 
 
| defensive_backs =
 
{{NFLplayer|18|Hugo Hollas|rookie=y|SS}}
 
{{NFLplayer|20|Delles Howell|rookie=y|CB}}
 
{{NFLplayer|24|Elijah Nevett|CB}}
 
{{NFLplayer|21|Joe Scarpati|FS}}
 
{{NFLplayer|23|Doug Wyatt|rookie=y|CB}}
 
 
| special_teams =
 
{{NFLplayer|19|Tom Dempsey|K}}
 
{{NFLplayer|10|Julian Fagan|P}}
 
 
| reserve_lists =
 
 
| practice_squad =
 
}}
 
   
 
==Schedule==
 
==Schedule==
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! Opponent
 
! Opponent
 
! Result
 
! Result
! Attendance
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 1
 
| 1
 
| September 20, 1970
 
| September 20, 1970
 
| [[Atlanta Falcons]]
 
| [[Atlanta Falcons]]
| L 14–3
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| L 14-3
| <center>77,042</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 2
 
| 2
 
| September 27, 1970
 
| September 27, 1970
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 26–0
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| L 26-0
| <center>47,900</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 3
 
| 3
 
| October 4, 1970
 
| October 4, 1970
 
| [[New York Giants]]
 
| [[New York Giants]]
| W 14–10
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| W 14-10
| <center>69,126</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 4
 
| 4
 
| October 11, 1970
 
| October 11, 1970
 
| at [[St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)|St. Louis Cardinals]]
 
| at [[St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)|St. Louis Cardinals]]
| L 24–17
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| L 24-17
| <center>45,294</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
 
| 5
 
| 5
 
| October 18, 1970
 
| October 18, 1970
 
| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| T 20–20
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| T 20-20
| <center>39,446</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 6
 
| 6
 
| October 25, 1970
 
| October 25, 1970
 
| at [[Atlanta Falcons]]
 
| at [[Atlanta Falcons]]
| L 32–14
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| L 32-14
| <center>58,850</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 7
 
| 7
 
| November 1, 1970
 
| November 1, 1970
 
| [[Los Angeles Rams]]
 
| [[Los Angeles Rams]]
| L 30–17
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| L 30-17
| <center>77,861</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 8
 
| 8
 
| November 8, 1970
 
| November 8, 1970
 
| [[Detroit Lions]]
 
| [[Detroit Lions]]
| W 19–17
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| W 19-17
| <center>66,910</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 9
 
| 9
 
| November 15, 1970
 
| November 15, 1970
 
| at [[Miami Dolphins]]
 
| at [[Miami Dolphins]]
| L 21–10
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| L 21-10
| <center>42,866</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 10
 
| 10
 
| November 22, 1970
 
| November 22, 1970
 
| [[Denver Broncos]]
 
| [[Denver Broncos]]
| L 31–6
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| L 31-6
| <center>66,837</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 11
 
| 11
 
| November 29, 1970
 
| November 29, 1970
 
| at [[Cincinnati Bengals]]
 
| at [[Cincinnati Bengals]]
| L 26–6
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| L 26-6
| <center>59,342</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 12
 
| 12
 
| December 6, 1970
 
| December 6, 1970
 
| at [[Los Angeles Rams]]
 
| at [[Los Angeles Rams]]
| L 34–16
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| L 34-16
| <center>66,410</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 13
 
| 13
 
| December 13, 1970
 
| December 13, 1970
 
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| L 38–27
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| L 38-27
| <center>61,940</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 14
 
| 14
 
| December 20, 1970
 
| December 20, 1970
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
| L 24–3
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| L 24-3
| <center>63,518</center>
 
 
|}
 
|}
   
 
==Standings==
 
==Standings==
{{1970 NFC West standings}}
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{| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 95%;"
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|-
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! colspan="8" style="background-color: #FFCBCB;" align="center" valign="middle" | [[NFC West]]
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|-
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!
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! W
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! L
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! T
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! PCT
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! PF
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! PA
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! STK
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|-
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| [[1970 San Francisco 49ers season|San Francisco 49ers]]
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| align="center" | 10
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| align="center" | 3
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| align="center" | 1
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| align="center" | .769
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| align="center" | 352
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| align="center" | 267
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| align="center" | W-3
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|-
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| [[1970 Los Angeles Rams season|Los Angeles Rams]]
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| align="center" | 9
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| align="center" | 4
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| align="center" | 1
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| align="center" | .692
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| align="center" | 325
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| align="center" | 202
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| align="center" | W-1
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|-
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| [[1970 Atlanta Falcons season|Atlanta Falcons]]
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| align="center" | 4
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| align="center" | 8
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| align="center" | 2
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| align="center" | .333
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| align="center" | 206
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| align="center" | 261
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| align="center" | L-1
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|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| '''New Orleans Saints'''
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| align="center" | 2
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| align="center" | 11
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| align="center" | 1
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| align="center" | .154
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| align="center" | 172
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| align="center" | 347
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| align="center" | L-6
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|}
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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[[Category:New Orleans Saints seasons]]
 
[[Category:New Orleans Saints seasons]]
 
[[Category:1970 National Football League season by team|New Orleans Saints]]
 
[[Category:1970 National Football League season by team|New Orleans Saints]]
[[Category:1970 in sports in Louisiana|New Orl]]
 
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