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2014 New Orleans Saints season
Head Coach Sean Payton
General Manager Mickey Loomis
Home Field Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Results
Record 7–9
Place 2nd NFC South
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Drew Brees (QB)
Jahri Evans (G)
Jimmy Graham (TE)
Mark Ingram (RB)
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The 2014 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League, the 39th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the eighth under head coach Sean Payton.

After they lost to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16, the Saints were officially eliminated from postseason contention for the first time since 2012.[1]

2014 draft classEdit

2014 New Orleans Saints Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 20 Brandin Cooks Wide receiver Oregon State
2 58 Stanley Jean-Baptiste Cornerback Nebraska
3 None — see draft trades below
4 126 Khairi Fortt Inside linebacker California
5 167 Vinnie Sunseri Safety Alabama
5 169 Ronald Powell Outside linebacker Florida
6 202 Tavon Rooks Offensive tackle Kansas State
7 None — see draft trades below

Draft trades

StaffEdit

2014 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2014 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
53 Active, 12 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

In March 2014, the Saints announced an agreement with The Greenbrier resort to hold the team's training camp at the hotel, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for three years beginning with 2014. The hotel has committed to build three football fields and other facilities for the Saints, at an estimated cost of $20–25 million, adjacent to its sports medicine facilities. The project will be partially subsidized by tax breaks recently approved by the state legislature. The relationship between the hotel and the Saints reportedly grew out of a visit by Saints head coach Sean Payton to the 2013 Greenbrier Classic golf tournament to play in its pro-am competition and then to serve as caddie for his friend, PGA Tour golfer Ryan Palmer.[2]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 8 at St. Louis Rams W 26–24 1–0 Edward Jones Dome Recap
2 August 15 Tennessee Titans W 31–24 2–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
3 August 23 at Indianapolis Colts W 23–17 3–0 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
4 August 28 Baltimore Ravens L 13–22 3–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 at Atlanta Falcons L 34–37 (OT) 0–1 Georgia Dome Recap
2 September 14 at Cleveland Browns L 24–26 0–2 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
3 September 21 Minnesota Vikings W 20–9 1–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 September 28 at Dallas Cowboys L 17–38 1–3 AT&T Stadium Recap
5 October 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 37–31 (OT) 2–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
6 Bye
7 October 19 at Detroit Lions L 23–24 2–4 Ford Field Recap
8 October 26 Green Bay Packers W 44–23 3–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 October 30 at Carolina Panthers W 28–10 4–4 Bank of America Stadium Recap
10 November 9 San Francisco 49ers L 24–27 (OT) 4–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
11 November 16 Cincinnati Bengals L 10–27 4–6 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
12 November 24 Baltimore Ravens L 27–34 4–7 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
13 November 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 35–32 5–7 Heinz Field Recap
14 December 7 Carolina Panthers L 10–41 5–8 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
15 December 15 at Chicago Bears W 31–15 6–8 Soldier Field Recap
16 December 21 Atlanta Falcons L 14–30 6–9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
17 December 28 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–20 7–9 Raymond James Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week One: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 6 14 0 14

34

Falcons 0 10 14 10

37

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

First quarter

  • NO – 10:33 Shayne Graham 31-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 67 yards, 4:27. (NO 3–0)
  • NO – 4:39 Shayne Graham 50-yard FG. Drive: 10 plays, 28 yards, 3:59. (NO 6–0)

Second quarter

  • NO – 11:46 Khiry Robinson 2-yard run, Shayne Graham kick. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:10. (NO 13–0)
  • ATL – 4:06 Roddy White 2-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan, Matt Bryant kick. Drive: 14 plays, 80, yards, 7:40. (NO 13–7)
  • NO – 0:20 Brandin Cooks 3-yard TD pass from Drew Brees, Shayne Graham kick. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:46. (NO 20–7)
  • ATL – 0:00 Matt Bryant 40-yard FG. Drive: 3 plays, 58 yards, 0:20. (NO 20–10)

Third quarter

  • ATL – 9:22 Levine Toilolo 1-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan, Matt Bryant kick. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:38. (NO 20–17)
  • ATL – 0:21 Antone Smith 54-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan, Matt Bryant kick. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:31. (ATL 24–20)

Fourth quarter

  • NO – 8:46 Mark Ingram 3-yard TD run, Shayne Graham kick. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 6:35. (NO 27–24)
  • ATL – 2:50 Jacquizz Rodgers 17-yard TD run, Matt Bryant kick. Drive: 8 plays, 94 yards, 3:26. (ATL 31–27)
  • NO – 1:20 Mark Ingram 3-yard TD run, Shayne Graham kick. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 1:30. (NO 34–31)
  • ATL – 0:00 Matt Bryant 51-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 1:20. (TIE 34–34)

Overtime

  • ATL – 13:17 Matt Bryant 52-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 1:32. (ATL 37–34)

Top passers

  • NO – Drew Brees – 29/42, 333 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 31/43, 448 YDS, 3 TD, 0 INT

Top rushers

  • NO – Mark Ingram - 13 CAR, 60 YDS
  • ATL – Steven Jackson – 12 CAR, 52 YDS

Top receivers

Top tacklers

Week 2: at Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Two: New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 10 7 7

24

Browns 10 6 7 3

26

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NO (5:16) - Shayne Graham 27 yd field goal
    Browns 10, Saints 3 Drive: 7 plays, 73 yds, 3:28
  • CLE (3:25) - Tashaun Gipson 62 yd interception return (2 pt conversion failed)
    Browns 16, Saints 3
  • NO (0:03) - Jimmy Graham 9 yd pass from Drew Brees (Shayne Graham kick)
    Browns 16, Saints 10 Drive: 12 plays, 85 yds, 3:22

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • NO (12:12) - Mark Ingram 1 yd run (Shayne Graham kick)
    Saints 24, Browns 23 Drive: 13 plays, 80 yds, 6:07
  • CLE (0:03) - Billy Cundiff 29 yd field goal
    Browns 26, Saints 24 Drive: 14 plays, 85 yds, 2:43

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

This was the Browns' first home opener win since 2004, and also marked Johnny Manziel's NFL debut. The defense, primarily by rotating DB's Tashaun Gipson, Buster Skrine, rookie Justin Gilbert and Joe Haden, were able to neutralize TE Jimmy Graham and QB Drew Brees for almost the entire first half. Rookie Terrence West, who had 2500+ all-purpose yards at Division II-school Towson Univ., ran for almost 70 yards and one touchdown. Billy Cundiff hit the game-winning FG as time expired.

Week 3: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Three: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 6 3 0

9

Saints 13 0 0 7

20

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 25-yard field goal, 14:06. Patriots 13–3. Drive: 13 plays, 71 yards, 5:44.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 30-yard field goal, 6:28. Patriots 13–6. Drive: 10 plays, 51 yards, 5:47.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 40-yard field goal, 10:20. Patriots 13–9. Drive: 10 plays, 43 yards, 4:40.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Marques Colston 18-yard pass from Drew Brees (Shayne Graham kick), 12:22. Patriots 20–9. Drive: 12 plays, 90 yards, 5:28.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

After initially stating that Adrian Peterson would return to the active roster for their Week 3 game at New Orleans, the Vikings later placed the running back on the inactive list indefinitely, pending the outcome of the court case against him. Despite coming into the game at 0–2, the Saints started well, scoring two touchdowns on their first two drives, although DE Everson Griffen was able to block the extra point attempt on the second. The Vikings responded to going 13–0 down with two field goals from 25 and 30 yards respectively, but an injury to Matt Cassel meant a debut for rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Week 4: at Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Four: New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 0 3 14

17

Cowboys 7 17 7 7

38

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO – Drew Brees, 32/44, 340 Yds, 2 TD, 1 INT, 46 Lng
  • DAL – Tony Romo, 22/29, 262 Yds, 3 TD, 0 INT, 24 Lng

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • DAL –

Week 5: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Five: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 10 14 7

31

Saints 6 7 7 11

37

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Fifth quarter

Top passers

  • TB –
  • NO –

Top rushers

  • TB –
  • NO –

Top receivers

Top tacklers

  • TB –
  • NO –

Week 7: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week Seven: New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 10 7 6

23

Lions 0 3 7 14

24

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: October 19
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 63,271
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO –
  • DET –

Top rushers

  • NO –
  • DET –

Top receivers

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • DET –

Week 8: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Eight: Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 10 6 0 7

23

Saints 10 6 14 14

44

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: October 26
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,146
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

rushers
  • GB –13 carries,56 yards,0 touchdowns
  • NO – Mark Ingram 24 carries ,172yards,1 touchdown

Brandin Cooks,2 carries,26 yards,1 touchdown Top receivers

Top tacklers

  • GB –
  • NO –

This would be only the third game in NFL history to not have a single punt.[3]

Week 9: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Nine: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 14 7 7

28

Panthers 0 0 7 3

10

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO –
  • CAR –

Top rushers

  • NO –
  • CAR –

Top receivers

  • NO –
  • CAR –

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • CAR –

Week 10: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Ten: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 14 7 0 3

27

Saints 3 7 7 7

24

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 9
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,129
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Preview, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • SF –
  • NO –

Top rushers

  • SF –
  • NO –

Top receivers

  • SF –
  • NO –

Top tacklers

  • SF –
  • NO –

With 5 seconds left in regulation, Drew Brees passed a potential game winning pass to Jimmy Graham until he was flagged with offensive interference, which sent the game into overtime where San Francisco won with a field goal after recovering a fumble by Brees. With the loss, the Saints dropped their record to 4-5.

This would snap an 11-game winning streak for Saints when playing at home.[4]

Week 11: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Week Eleven: Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 6 7 7

27

Saints 3 0 0 7

10

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • CIN –
  • NO –

Top rushers

  • CIN –
  • NO –

Top receivers

  • CIN –
  • NO –

Top tacklers

  • CIN –
  • NO –

Week 12: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Twelve: Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 7 10 10

34

Saints 7 10 0 10

27

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • BAL –
  • NO –

Top rushers

  • BAL –
  • NO –

Top receivers

  • BAL –
  • NO –

Top tacklers

  • BAL –
  • NO –

Week 13: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Thirteen: New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 14 14 7

35

Steelers 3 3 7 19

32

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO –
  • PIT –

Top rushers

  • NO –
  • PIT –

Top receivers

  • NO –
  • PIT –

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • PIT –

Week 14: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Fourteen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 17 7 14 3

41

Saints 0 3 0 7

10

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 7
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,006
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • CAR –
  • NO –

Top rushers

  • CAR –
  • NO –

Top receivers

  • CAR –
  • NO –

Top tacklers

  • CAR –
  • NO –

Week 15: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week Fifteen: New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 14 10 7

31

Bears 0 0 0 15

15

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), rain showers
  • Game attendance: 60,996
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO –
  • CHI –

Top rushers

  • NO –
  • CHI –

Top receivers

  • NO –
  • CHI –

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • CHI –

Week 16: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 10 7 10

30

Saints 7 0 0 7

14

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 21
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,164
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • ATL –
  • NO –

Top rushers

  • ATL –
  • NO –

Top receivers

  • ATL –
  • NO –

Top tacklers

  • ATL –
  • NO –

Week 17: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Seventeen: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 7 0 16

23

Buccaneers 3 17 0 0

20

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO –
  • TB –

Top rushers

  • NO –
  • TB –

Top receivers

  • NO –
  • TB –

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • TB –

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Template:2014 NFC South standings

ConferenceEdit

Template:2014 NFC standings

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:2014 NFL season by team

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