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2015 New Orleans Saints season
Head Coach Sean Payton
General Manager Mickey Loomis
Home Field Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Results
Record 7–9
Place 3rd NFC South
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Cameron Jordan (DE)
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Timeline
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2014 2016

The 2015 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League, the 40th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the ninth under head coach Sean Payton. On November 16, 2015, the Saints hired Dennis Allen to replace the fired Rob Ryan. However, the Saints still missed the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season. The Saints set a new league record for the most passing touchdowns allowed with 45.

2015 draft classEdit

2015 New Orleans Saints Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 13 Andrus Peat OT Stanford
31 Stephone Anthony ILB Clemson
2 44 Hau'oli Kikaha OLB Washington
3 75 Garrett Grayson QB Colorado State
78 P.J. Williams CB Florida State
5 148 Davis Tull OLB Chattanooga
154 Tyeler Davison DT Fresno State
167 Damian Swann CB Georgia
7 230 Marcus Murphy RB Missouri

Notes

StaffEdit

2015 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches


Final rosterEdit

2015 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, 13 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Final score Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 at Baltimore Ravens L 27–30 0–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
2 August 22 New England Patriots L 24–26 0–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
3 August 30 Houston Texans L 13–27 0–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 September 3 at Green Bay Packers L 10–38 0–4 Lambeau Field Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Final score Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 13 at Arizona Cardinals L 19–31 0–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 September 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 19–26 0–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
3 September 27 at Carolina Panthers L 22–27 0–3 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 October 4 Dallas Cowboys W 26–20 (OT) 1–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
5 October 11 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–39 1–4 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
6 October 15 Atlanta Falcons W 31–21 2–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
7 October 25 at Indianapolis Colts W 27–21 3–4 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
8 November 1 New York Giants W 52–49 4–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 8 Tennessee Titans L 28–34 (OT) 4–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
10 November 15 at Washington Redskins L 14–47 4–6 FedExField Recap
11 Bye
12 November 29 at Houston Texans L 6–24 4–7 NRG Stadium Recap
13 December 6 Carolina Panthers L 38–41 4–8 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
14 December 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–17 5–8 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 21 Detroit Lions L 27–35 5–9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
16 December 27 Jacksonville Jaguars W 38–27 6–9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
17 January 3 at Atlanta Falcons W 20–17 7–9 Georgia Dome Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week One: New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 7 3 6

19

Cardinals 7 7 3 14

31

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ARI – Andre Ellington 1-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 11:03. Cardinals 14–3. Drive: 5 plays, 88 yards, 3:04.
  • NO – Brandon Coleman 12-yard pass from Drew Brees (Zach Hocker kick), 5:14. Cardinals 14–10. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:49.

Third quarter

  • NO – Zach Hocker 23-yard field goal, 12:01. Cardinals 14–13. Drive: 5 plays, 71 yards, 2:59.
  • ARI – Chandler Catanzaro 43-yard field goal, 0:04. Cardinals 17–13. Drive: 5 plays, 35 yards, 2:11.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Zach Hocker 45-yard field goal, 12:24. Cardinals 17–16. Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards, 2:40.
  • ARI – Darren Fells 17-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 9:48. Cardinals 24–16. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:36.
  • NO – Zach Hocker 33-yard field goal, 6:45. Cardinals 24–19. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 3:03.
  • ARI – David Johnson 55-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 1:33. Cardinals 31–19. Drive: 2 plays, 57 yards, 0:16.

Top passers

  • NO – Drew Brees – 30/48, 355 yards, TD, INT
  • ARI – Carson Palmer – 19/32, 132 yards, 3 TD

Top rushers

  • NO – Mark Ingram – 9 rushes, 24 yards
  • ARI – Andre Ellington – 12 rushes, 69 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • NO – Mark Ingram – 8 rec, 98 yards
  • ARI – Larry Fitzgerald – 6 rec, 87 yards

Turnovers

  • NO – 1
  • ARI – 1
With the loss, the Saints began 0-1.

Week 2: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Two: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 7 13 3

26

Saints 0 7 0 12

19

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

  • TB – Kyle Brindza 55 yard field goal, 0:45. Buccaneers 3–0. Drive: 5 plays, 4 yards, 3:13.

Second quarter

  • NO – Mark Ingram 11 yard run (Zach Hocker kick), 1:23. Saints 7–3. Drive: 7 plays, 58 yards, 3:02.
  • TB – Vincent Jackson 15 yard pass from Jameis Winston (Kyle Brindza kick), 0:12. Buccaneers 10–7. Drive: 6 plays, 63 yards, 1:11.

Third quarter

  • TB – Jameis Winston 1 yard run (Kyle Brindza kick), 13:02. Buccaneers 17–7. Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 1:58.
  • TB – Kyle Brindza 35 yard field goal, 6:04. Buccaneers 20–7. Drive: 10 plays, 31 yards, 5:10.
  • TB – Kyle Brindza 22 yard field goal, 2:20. Buccaneers 23–7. Drive: 5 plays, 57 yards, 1:44.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Austin Johnson 1 yard run (two-point pass conversion failed), 10:17. Buccaneers 23–13. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 7:03.
  • NO – Willie Snead 16 yard pass from Drew Brees, 7:15. Buccaneers 23–19. Drive: 2 plays, 30 yards, 0:43.
  • TB – Kyle Brindza 30 yard field goal, 1:51. Buccaneers 26–19. Drive: 5 plays, 21 yards, 1:07.

Top passers

  • TB – Jameis Winston – 14/21, 207 yards, TD
  • NO – Drew Brees – 24/38, 255 yards, TD, INT

Top rushers

  • TB – Doug Martin – 21 rushes, 78 yards
  • NO – Mark Ingram – 16 rushes, 53 yards, TD

Top receivers

Turnovers

  • TB – 2
  • NO – 3

Hoping to avoid an 0-2 start the Saints met Tampa Bay, led by new quarterback Jameis Winston.

The defense struggled to stop Winston as his heroics stunned New Orleans' home crowd.

Drew Brees left the game with an injured shoulder. The Saints wound up losing the game, 26-19.

Week 3: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Three: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 7 6 6

22

Panthers 0 10 10 7

27

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 –

This game marked the first game Drew Brees missed as a Saint due to injury. Luke McCown, playing in relief of Brees, played well, throwing for 310 yards, before trying to hit Brandin Cooks in the end zone with roughly a minute left in the game. Josh Norman made a diving interception to seal the Panthers win and the Saints 0-3 start.

Week 4: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Four: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 7 3 7

20

Saints 7 0 6 7

26

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

  • DAL – Dan Bailey 30-yard field goal, 9:46. Cowboys 3–0. Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 4:19.
  • NO – Josh Hill 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Zach Hocker kick), 3:52. Saints 7–3. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:53.

Second quarter

  • DAL – Joseph Randle 1-yard run (Dan Bailey kick), 13:37. Cowboys 10–7. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:13.

Third quarter

  • NO – Zach Hocker 51-yard field goal, 11:24. Tied 10–10. Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:23.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 38-yard field goal, 8:25. Cowboys 13–10. Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards, 2:59.
  • NO – Zach Hocker 29-yard field goal, 1:30. Tied 13–13. Drive: 13 plays, 69 yards, 6:54.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Khiry Robinson 1-yard run (Zach Hocker kick), 8:02. Saints 20–13. Drive: 11 plays, 67 yards, 4:45.
  • DAL – Terrance Williams 17-yard pass from Brandon Weeden (Dan Bailey kick), 1:56. Tied 20–20. Drive: 8 plays, 91 yards, 2:14.

Overtime

  • NO – C. J. Spiller 80-yard pass from Drew Brees, 14:57. Saints 26–20. Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 0:13.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Top tacklers

  • DAL –
  • NO –

In overtime, Drew Brees, who returned from an injured shoulder, nailed an 80-yard pass to C. J. Spiller for the game-winning touchdown. Brees now has 400 career touchdown passes. It was also the fastest regular season overtime in NFL history, with only 13 seconds being played before the touchdown.

This win would make the Lions the only winless team.

Week 5: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Five: New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 0 3 7

17

Eagles 0 10 16 13

39

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO –
  • PHI –

Top rushers

  • NO –
  • PHI –

Top receivers

  • NO –
  • PHI –

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • PHI –
The Saints returned to Philadelphia for their first meeting with the Eagles since their last second victory in the 2013 playoffs, but the Eagles would get their revenge in a blowout. With the loss, the Saints fell to 1-4.

Week 6: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Six: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 7 0 14

21

Saints 14 0 10 7

31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

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 –
The Saints would upset the undefeated Falcons on Thursday Night Football. With the win, the Saints improved to 2-4.

Week 7: at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Seven: New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 13 7 0

27

Colts 0 0 14 7

21

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: October 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 55 °F (13 °C), mostly cloudy — retractable roof open
  • Game attendance: 66,420
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO –
  • IND –

Top rushers

  • NO –
  • IND –

Top receivers

  • NO –
  • IND –

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • IND –
In a Super Bowl rematch between the teams, the Saints would lead 27-0 at one point. Indianapolis would make it 27-21, but New Orleans would hold on for the win. With the win, the Saints improved to 3-4.

Week 8: vs. New York GiantsEdit

Week Eight: New York Giants at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 14 7 21

49

Saints 14 14 14 10

52

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NYG – Odell Beckham Jr. 1 yard pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 13:31. tied 14–14. Drive: 9 plays, 79 yards, 3:53.
  • NO – Marques Colston 53 yard pass from Drew Brees (Kai Forbath kick), 11:05. Saints 21–14. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:26.
  • NO – Willie Snead 2 yard pass from Drew Brees (Kai Forbath kick), 1:46. Saints 28–14. Drive: 14 plays, 60 yards, 7:07.
  • NYG – Shane Vereen 2 yard pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 0:02. Saints 28–21. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 1:44.

Third quarter

  • NYG – Odell Beckham Jr. 50 yard pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 12:58. tied 28–28. Drive: 4 plays, 65 yards, 2:02.
  • NO – Brandin Cooks 21 yard pass from Drew Brees (Kai Forbath kick), 10:09. Saints 35–28. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 2:49.
  • NO – Benjamin Watson 20 yard pass from Drew Brees (Kai Forbath kick), 0:29. Saints 42–28. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:46.

Fourth quarter

  • NYG – Dwayne Harris 9 yard pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 12:15. Saints 42–35. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 3:14.
  • NYG – Dwayne Harris 20 yard pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 9:30. tied 42–42. Drive: 3 plays, 65 yards, 1:01.
  • NYG – Trumaine McBride 63 yard interception return (Josh Brown kick), 7:11. Giants 49–42.
  • NO – C. J. Spiller 9 yard pass from Drew Bress (Kai Forbath kick), 0:36. tied 49–49. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 6:35.
  • NO – Kai Forbath 50 yard field goal, 0:00. Saints 52–49. Drive: 1 play, 0 yards, 0:05.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

In a battle of passing offenses, Drew Brees threw a career-high 7 touchdown passes. The game was tied 49-49 late in the fourth quarter and the Saints returned a punt for 50 yards, good for the game-winning field goal to seal the Saints 52-49 victory.

Week 9: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Nine: Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 10 7 3 8

34

Saints 14 7 0 7

28

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • TEN –
  • NO –

Top rushers

  • TEN –
  • NO –

Top receivers

  • TEN –
  • NO –

Top tacklers

  • TEN –
  • NO –
New Orleans would lead 28-20 with 7 minutes left, but the Titans would go down the field to tie it at 28. The Titans would then win the game after Marcus Mariota won it with a touchdown to Anthony Fasano.

With the loss, the Saints fell to 4-5.

Week 10: at Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Ten: New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 7 0 0

14

Redskins 14 13 10 10

47

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: November 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 75,086
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO –
  • WAS –

Top rushers

  • NO –
  • WAS –

Top receivers

  • NO –
  • WAS –

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • WAS –

Traveling to Washington to take on the Redskins, Drew Brees and the Saints suffered a moment of embarrassment as they would go on to be blown out 47-14. Kirk Cousins threw a career-high four touchdowns in the blowout.

A day after, the Saints fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, replacing him with Dennis Allen, who would take over for Ryan for the remainder of the season.

Week 12: at Houston TexansEdit

Week Twelve: New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 6 0 0

6

Texans 14 0 10 0

24

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO –
  • HOU –

Top rushers

  • NO –
  • HOU –

Top receivers

  • NO –
  • HOU –

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • HOU –

The Week 12 clash against the Houston Texans would be no better than how the previous game unfolded, with the Saints offense being held to only two field goals (failing to score a touchdown for the first time since Christmas Eve 2005) and Brees failing to throw a touchdown pass the entire game, snapping his 45 game streak of doing so.

With the loss, the Saints fell to 4-6.

Week 13: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Thirteen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 13 14 14

41

Saints 14 2 8 14

38

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

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 –

The Saints made history in this game, becoming the first team in NFL history to block an extra point and return it for two points under new NFL rules that took effect that season (prior to this season, NFL rules did not allow players to return a blocked extra point). Saints rookie Stephone Anthony was the one who returned it, with Kevin Williams blocking it. The Saints, unfortunately, would eventually lose in a shootout and dropped their record to 4-8.

Week 14: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

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

24

Buccaneers 0 10 0 7

17

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 –

The highlight of the game was Drew Brees passing Dan Marino for 4th on the league's all-time passing touchdowns list.

Week 15: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week Fifteen: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 14 7 7

35

Saints 3 0 7 17

27

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • DET –
  • NO –

Top rushers

  • DET –
  • NO –

Top receivers

  • DET –
  • NO –

Top tacklers

  • DET –
  • NO –
With the loss, the Saints fell to 5-9.

Week 16: vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Sixteen: Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 6 13 8

27

Saints 14 10 7 7

38

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • JAX –
  • NO –

Top rushers

  • JAX –
  • NO –

Top receivers

  • JAX –
  • NO –

Top tacklers

  • JAX –
  • NO –
With the win, the Saints improved to 6-9.

Week 17: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

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

20

Falcons 3 14 0 0

17

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: January 3, 2016
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,699
  • Referee: Craig Wrolstad
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Matt Millen and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter

Top passers

  • NO –
  • ATL –

Top rushers

  • NO –
  • ATL –

Top receivers

  • NO –
  • ATL –

Top tacklers

  • NO –
  • ATL –
With the win, the Saints ended their season 7-9 for the second straight season.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Template:2015 NFC South standings

ConferenceEdit

Template:2015 NFC standings

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:2015 NFL season by team

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