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{{Infobox NFL season
 
{{Infobox NFL season
| team = New Orleans Saints
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| team = New Orleans Saints
| year = 2003
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| year = 2003
| record = 8–8
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| record = 8–8
 
| division_place = 2nd [[NFC South]]
 
| division_place = 2nd [[NFC South]]
| coach = [[Jim Haslett]]
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| coach = [[Jim Haslett]]
| general_manager = [[Mickey Loomis]]
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| stadium = [[Louisiana Superdome]]
| owner = [[Tom Benson]]
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| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
| stadium = [[Louisiana Superdome]]
 
| playoffs = ''Did not qualify''
 
| pro bowlers = G [[LeCharles Bentley]]<br>RB [[Deuce McAllister]]
 
| AP All-pros = RB [[Deuce McAllister]] ''(1st team)''
 
| shortnavlink = Saints seasons
 
 
}}
 
}}
   
The '''2003 New Orleans Saints season''' was the franchise's 37th season in the [[National Football League]] and the 28th to host games at the [[Mercedes-Benz Superdome]]. They failed to improve on their 9–7 record from 2002 and finished with a record of 8–8.<ref>[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nor/2003.htm 2003 New Orleans Saints]</ref> This was the season of the [[River City Relay]], a play that has gone down in NFL lore from a week 16 game against the [[2003 Jacksonville Jaguars season|Jacksonville Jaguars]]. The Saints were 7–7 and needed a victory to keep their postseason hopes alive. The Jaguars held a 20–13 lead with seven seconds left in regulation, and the Saints had possession on their own 25. In a scene evoking memories of [[The Play (Stanford vs. California)|The Play]], [[Aaron Brooks (American football)|Aaron Brooks]] passed to [[Donté Stallworth]] for 42 yards, Stallworth lateraled to [[Michael Lewis (NFL receiver)|Michael Lewis]] for 7 yards, Lewis lateraled to [[Deuce McAllister]] for 5 yards, and McAllister lateraled to [[Jerome Pathon]] for 21 yards and a touchdown. The score was 20–19, leaving only the extra point to force overtime. However, in an unlikely twist, [[John Carney (American football)|John Carney]], who in his career made 98.4% of extra points attempted and had not missed one in a full decade, inexplicably missed the kick wide right, causing the Saints to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
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The '''[[2003 NFL season|2003]] [[New Orleans Saints]] season''' was the team's 37th as a member of the [[National Football League]]. They could not match their [[2002 New Orleans Saints season|previous season]]'s performance of 9–7, only attaining a record of 8–8.<ref>[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nor/2003.htm 2003 New Orleans Saints]</ref>
 
==Offseason==
 
===NFL Draft===
 
{{main|2003 NFL Draft}}
 
{{NFL team draft start
 
| year = 2003
 
| teamname = New Orleans Saints
 
}}
 
{{NFL team draft entry
 
| round = 1
 
| pick = 6
 
| player = [[Johnathan Sullivan]]
 
| position = [[Defensive tackle]]
 
| college = [[2002 Georgia Bulldogs football team|Georgia]]
 
| notes =
 
| maderoster = yes
 
}}
 
{{NFL team draft entry
 
| round = 2
 
| pick = 37
 
| player = [[Jon Stinchcomb]]
 
| position = [[Offensive tackle]]
 
| college = Georgia
 
| notes =
 
| maderoster = yes
 
| probowl = yes
 
}}
 
{{NFL team draft entry
 
| round = 3
 
| pick = 86
 
| player = [[Cie Grant]]
 
| position = [[Linebacker]]
 
| college = [[2002 Ohio State Buckeyes football team|Ohio State]]
 
| notes =
 
| maderoster = yes
 
}}
 
{{NFL team draft entry
 
| round = 4
 
| pick = 102
 
| player = [[Montrae Holland]]
 
| position = [[Guard (American and Canadian football)|Guard]]
 
| college = [[2002 Florida State Seminoles football team|Florida State]]
 
| notes =
 
| maderoster = yes
 
}}
 
{{NFL team draft entry
 
| round = 5
 
| pick = 155
 
| player = Melvin Williams
 
| position = [[Defensive end]]
 
| college = [[2002 Kansas State Wildcats football team|Kansas State]]
 
| notes =
 
| maderoster = yes
 
}}
 
{{NFL team draft entry
 
| round = 6
 
| pick = 203
 
| player = [[Kareem Kelly]]
 
| position = [[Wide receiver]]
 
| college = [[2002 USC Trojans football team|USC]]
 
| notes =
 
}}
 
{{NFL team draft entry
 
| round = 7
 
| pick = 231
 
| player = [[Talman Gardner]]
 
| position = [[Wide receiver]]
 
| college = Florida State
 
| notes =
 
| maderoster = yes
 
}}
 
{{NFL team draft end
 
| hof = no
 
}}
 
<ref>{{cite web |url=https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nor/2003_draft.htm |title=2003 New Orleans Saints Draftees |work=Pro-Football-Reference.com |accessdate=January 5, 2014 }}</ref>
 
   
 
==Personnel==
 
==Personnel==
 
===Staff===
 
===Staff===
{{NFL final staff
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{| class="toccolours" style="text-align: left;"
| year = 2003
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|-
| team = New Orleans Saints
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! colspan="7" style="{{NFLPrimaryColor|New Orleans Saints}}; color: white; border: 2px solid #BB8C3C; text-align: center;"|'''2003 New Orleans Saints staff'''
| front_office =
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|-
* Owner [[Tom Benson]]
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Front Office'''
* Executive Vice President/General Manager – [[Mickey Loomis]]
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*Owner – [[Tom Benson]]
* Senior Football AdministratorRuss Ball
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*Executive Vice President/General Manager[[Mickey Loomis]]
* Director of Player Personnel[[Rick Mueller]]
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*Senior Football AdministratorRuss Ball
* College Scouting Coordinator – Rick Thompson
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*Director of Player Personnel[[Rick Mueller]]
| head_coach =
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*College Scouting Coordinator – Rick Thompson
* Head Coach – [[Jim Haslett]]
 
| offensive =
 
* Offensive Coordinator – [[Mike McCarthy (American football)|Mike McCarthy]]
 
* Quarterbacks – [[Mike Sheppard]]
 
* Running Backs – [[Dave Atkins (American football)|Dave Atkins]]
 
* Wide Receivers – [[Hubbard Alexander]]
 
* Assistant Wide Receivers – [[Danny Langsdorf]]
 
* Tight Ends – Bob Palcic
 
* Offensive Line – [[Jack Henry (American football)|Jack Henry]]
 
* Offensive Assistant/Quality Control – John Misciagna
 
| defensive =
 
* Defensive Coordinator – [[Rick Venturi]]
 
* Defensive Line – [[Sam Clancy]]
 
* Linebackers – [[Winston Moss]]
 
* Secondary – Joe Baker
 
* Secondary/Cornerbacks – [[Greg Brown (American football coach)|Greg Brown]]
 
* Defensive Assistant/Quality Control – [[Ty Knott]]
 
| special_teams =
 
* Special Teams – Al Everest
 
| strength =
 
* Strength and Conditioning – Rock Gullickson
 
* Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jerry Palmieri
 
}}
 
   
===Roster===
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'''Head Coaches'''
{{NFL final roster
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*Head Coach – [[Jim Haslett]]
|Year=2003
 
|TeamName=New Orleans Saints
 
|Active=
 
|Inactive=
 
|PS=
 
|Quarterbacks=
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">&nbsp;4</span> [[Todd Bouman]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">&nbsp;2</span> [[Aaron Brooks (American football)|Aaron Brooks]]
 
   
|Running Backs=
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'''Offensive Coaches'''
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">32</span> [[Ki-Jana Carter]]
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*Offensive Coordinator [[Mike McCarthy (American football)|Mike McCarthy]]
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">25</span> [[Fred McAfee]]
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*Quarterbacks [[Mike Sheppard]]
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">26</span> [[Lamar Smith]]
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*Running Backs [[Dave Atkins (American football)|Dave Atkins]]
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">26</span> [[Deuce McAllister]]
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*Wide Receivers Hubbard Alexander
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">44</span> [[Terrelle Smith]] FB
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*Assistant Wide Receivers [[Danny Langsdorf]]
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*Tight Ends – Bob Palcic
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*Offensive Line – [[Jack Henry]]
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*Offensive Assistant/Quality Control – John Misciagna
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|width="35"|&nbsp;
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|valign="top"|
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| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" |
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'''Defensive Coaches'''
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*Defensive Coordinator – [[Rick Venturi]]
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*Defensive Line – [[Sam Clancy]]
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*Linebackers – [[Winston Moss]]
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*Secondary – Joe Baker
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*Secondary/Cornerbacks – [[Greg Brown (American football coach)|Greg Brown]]
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*Defensive Assistant/Quality Control – Ty Knott
   
|Wide Receivers=
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'''Special Teams Coaches'''
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">88</span> ''[[Talman Gardner]]''
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*Special Teams Al Everest
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">87</span> [[Joe Horn]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">84</span> [[Michael Lewis (wide receiver)|Michael Lewis]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">80</span> [[Jerome Pathon]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">83</span> [[Donté Stallworth]]
 
   
|Tight Ends=
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'''Strength and Conditioning'''
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">85</span> [[Ernie Conwell]]
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*Strength and Conditioning Rock Gullickson
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">82</span> [[Boo Williams]]
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*Assistant Strength and Conditioning Jerry Palmieri
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">86</span> [[Walter Rasby]]
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|}
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">81</span> ''[[Zachary Hilton]]''
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<ref>{{cite book |title=2009 New Orleans Saints Media Guide |page=429 |url=http://www.neworleanssaints.com/Team/2009%20Saints%20Media%20Guide.aspx |accessdate=2010-03-26}}</ref>
 
|Offensive Linemen=
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">65</span> [[LeCharles Bentley]] G
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">72</span> [[Wayne Gandy]] T
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">71</span> [[Spencer Folau]] G
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">62</span> [[Jerry Fontenot]] C
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">64</span> [[Kendyl Jacox]] G
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">66</span> [[Victor Riley]] T
 
 
|Defensive Linemen=
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">99</span> ''[[Kenderick Allen]]'' DT
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">94</span> [[Charles Grant (American football)|Charles Grant]] DE
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">93</span> [[Darren Howard]] DE
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">90</span> [[Kenny Smith (American football)|Kenny Smith]] DT
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">97</span> ''[[Johnathan Sullivan]]'' NT
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">98</span> [[Willie Whitehead]] DE
 
 
|Linebackers=
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">50</span> [[James Allen (linebacker)|James Allen]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">58</span> ''[[Cie Grant]]''
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">52</span> [[Sedrick Hodge]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">59</span> [[Derrick Rodgers]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">56</span> [[Orlando Ruff]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">54</span> [[Darrin Smith]]
 
 
|Defensive Backs=
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">33</span> [[Ashley Ambrose]] CB
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">20</span> [[Jay Bellamy]] FS
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">29</span> [[Keyuo Craver]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">23</span> [[Victor Green]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">21</span> [[Dale Carter]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">37</span> [[Steve Gleason]] SS
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">34</span> [[Tebucky Jones]] SS
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">22</span> [[Fred Thomas (American football)|Fred Thomas]] CB
 
 
|Special Teams=
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">17</span> [[Mitch Berger]] P
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">&nbsp;3</span> [[John Carney (American football)|John Carney]] K
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">47</span> [[Kevin Houser]] LS
 
 
|Reserve Lists=
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">42</span> ''[[Spencer Frederick]]'' TE <small>(IR)</small> [[File:Injury icon.svg|7px]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">63</span> ''[[Chad Setterstrom]]'' G <small>(IR)</small> [[File:Injury icon.svg|7px]]
 
* <span style="font-family: Courier New;">78</span> [[Jon Stinchcomb]] T <small>(IR)</small> [[File:Injury icon.svg|7px]]
 
 
|Practice Squad=
 
 
}}
 
   
 
==Regular season==
 
==Regular season==
 
===Schedule===
 
===Schedule===
During the 2003 regular season, the Saints’ non-divisional conference opponents were primarily from the [[NFC East]], although they also played [[2003 Seattle Seahawks season|the Seattle Seahawks]] from the [[NFC West]], and [[2003 Chicago Bears season|the Chicago Bears]] from the [[NFC North]]. Their non-conference opponents were from the [[AFC South]].
 
 
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
|-
 
|-
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! Opponent
 
! Opponent
 
! Result
 
! Result
! TV
 
! Time (CT)
 
! Attendance
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 1
 
| 1
 
| September 7, 2003
 
| September 7, 2003
| at [[2003 Seattle Seahawks season|Seattle Seahawks]]
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| at [[Seattle Seahawks]]
| '''L''' 27–10
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| L 27-10
| FOX
 
| 3:15 pm
 
| <center>52,250</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 2
 
| 2
 
| September 14, 2003
 
| September 14, 2003
| [[2003 Houston Texans season|Houston Texans]]
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| [[Houston Texans]]
| '''W''' 31–10
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| W 31-10
| CBS
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>68,390</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 3
 
| 3
 
| September 21, 2003
 
| September 21, 2003
| at [[2003 Tennessee Titans season|Tennessee Titans]]
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| at [[Tennessee Titans]]
| '''L''' 27–12
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| L 27-17
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>68,809</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 4
 
| 4
 
| September 28, 2003
 
| September 28, 2003
| [[2003 Indianapolis Colts season|Indianapolis Colts]]
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| [[Indianapolis Colts]]
| '''L''' 55–21
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| L 55-21
| ESPN
 
| 7:37 pm
 
| <center>70,020</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 5
 
| 5
 
| October 5, 2003
 
| October 5, 2003
| at [[2003 Carolina Panthers season|Carolina Panthers]]
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| at [[Carolina Panthers]]
| '''L''' 19–13
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| L 19-13
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>72,496</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 6
 
| 6
 
| October 12, 2003
 
| October 12, 2003
| [[2003 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
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| [[Chicago Bears]]
| '''W''' 20–13
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| W 20-13
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>68,390</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 7
 
| 7
 
| October 19, 2003
 
| October 19, 2003
| at [[2003 Atlanta Falcons season|Atlanta Falcons]]
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| at [[Atlanta Falcons]]
| '''W''' 45–17
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| W 45-17
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>70,837</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 8
 
| 8
 
| October 26, 2003
 
| October 26, 2003
| [[2003 Carolina Panthers season|Carolina Panthers]]
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| [[Carolina Panthers]]
| '''L''' 23–20
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| L 23-20
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>68,370</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 9
 
| 9
 
| November 2, 2003
 
| November 2, 2003
| at [[2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season|Tampa Bay Buccaneers]]
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| at [[Tampa Bay Buccaneers]]
| '''W''' 17–14
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| W 17-14
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>65,524</center>
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 10
 
| 10
| colspan=6 align="center" | ''Bye''
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| colspan=3 align="center" | ''Bye''
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 11
 
| 11
 
| November 16, 2003
 
| November 16, 2003
| [[2003 Atlanta Falcons season|Atlanta Falcons]]
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| [[Atlanta Falcons]]
| '''W''' 23–20
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| W 23-20
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>68,432</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 12
 
| 12
 
| November 23, 2003
 
| November 23, 2003
| at [[2003 Philadelphia Eagles season|Philadelphia Eagles]]
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| at [[Philadelphia Eagles]]
| '''L''' 33–20
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| L 33-20
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>67,802</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 13
 
| 13
 
| November 30, 2003
 
| November 30, 2003
| at [[2003 Washington Redskins season|Washington Redskins]]
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| at [[Washington Redskins]]
| '''W''' 24–20
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| W 24-20
| FOX
 
| 3:05 pm
 
| <center>76,821</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 14
 
| 14
 
| December 7, 2003
 
| December 7, 2003
| [[2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season|Tampa Bay Buccaneers]]
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| [[Tampa Bay Buccaneers]]
| '''L''' 14–7
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| L 14-7
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>68,442</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 15
 
| 15
 
| December 14, 2003
 
| December 14, 2003
| [[2003 New York Giants season|New York Giants]]
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| [[New York Giants]]
| '''W''' 45–7
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| W 45-7
| ESPN
 
| 7:36 pm
 
| <center>68,399</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 16
 
| 16
 
| December 21, 2003
 
| December 21, 2003
| at [[2003 Jacksonville Jaguars season|Jacksonville Jaguars]]
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| at [[Jacksonville Jaguars]]
| '''L''' 20–19
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| L 20-19
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>49,207</center>
 
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
| 17
 
| 17
 
| December 28, 2003
 
| December 28, 2003
| [[2003 Dallas Cowboys season|Dallas Cowboys]]
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| [[Dallas Cowboys]]
| '''W''' 13–7
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| W 13-7
| FOX
 
| 12:00 pm
 
| <center>68,451</center>
 
 
|}
 
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==References==
 
==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
 
==External links==
 
*[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/nor/2003.htm 2003 New Orleans Saints] at [[Pro-Football-Reference.com]]
 
   
 
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[[Category:New Orleans Saints seasons]]
 
[[Category:New Orleans Saints seasons]]
 
[[Category:2003 National Football League season by team|New Orleans Saints]]
 
[[Category:2003 National Football League season by team|New Orleans Saints]]
[[Category:2003 in sports in Louisiana|New]]
 
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