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1971 New Orleans Saints season
Head Coach J. D. Roberts
General Manager Vic Schwenk
Home Field Tulane Stadium
Results
Record 4–8–2
Place 4th NFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1970 1972

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.

OffseasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

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]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

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

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



[2] [3]

RosterEdit

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 seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

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 summariesEdit

Week 1Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Rams 0 3 3 14 20
Saints 0 3 14 7 24

[4]

StandingsEdit

Template:1971 NFC West standings

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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