|1971 New Orleans Saints season|
|Head Coach||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 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 draft|
|1||2||Archie Manning *||Quarterback||Mississippi|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1971 New Orleans Saints staff|
|1971 New Orleans Saints roster|
|1||September 19, 1971||Los Angeles Rams||W 24–20|
|2||September 26, 1971||San Francisco 49ers||L 38–20|
|3||October 3, 1971||at Houston Oilers||T 13–13|
|4||October 10, 1971||at Chicago Bears||L 35–14|
|5||October 17, 1971||Dallas Cowboys||W 24–14|
|6||October 24, 1971||at Atlanta Falcons||L 28–6|
|7||October 31, 1971||at Washington Redskins||L 24–14|
|8||November 7, 1971||Oakland Raiders||T 21–21|
|9||November 14, 1971||at San Francisco 49ers||W 26–20|
|10||November 21, 1971||Minnesota Vikings||L 23–10|
|11||November 28, 1971||at Green Bay Packers||W 29–21|
|12||December 5, 1971||at Los Angeles Rams||L 45–28|
|13||December 12, 1971||Cleveland Browns||L 21–17|
|14||December 19, 1971||Atlanta Falcons||L 24–20|
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