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2016 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 Drew Brees (QB)
Uniform
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The 2016 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 50th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 41st to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and the 10th under head coach Sean Payton. The Saints matched their 7–9 record from 2014 and 2015, and missed the playoffs for the third year in a row.

DraftEdit

2016 New Orleans Saints Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 12 Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
2 47 Michael Thomas WR Ohio St.
2 61 Vonn Bell S Ohio St.
4 120 David Onyemata DT Manitoba
7 237 Daniel Lasco RB California

Notes

StaffEdit

2016 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2016 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, 19 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Final score Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at New England Patriots L 22–34 0–1 Gillette Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Houston Texans L 9–16 0–2 NRG Stadium Recap
3 August 26 Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–27 0–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 September 1 Baltimore Ravens L 14–23 0–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Final score Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 Oakland Raiders L 34–35 0–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
2 September 18 at New York Giants L 13–16 0–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 September 26 Atlanta Falcons L 32–45 0–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 October 2 at San Diego Chargers W 35–34 1–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
5 Bye
6 October 16 Carolina Panthers W 41–38 2–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
7 October 23 at Kansas City Chiefs L 21–27 2–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 October 30 Seattle Seahawks W 25–20 3–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 6 at San Francisco 49ers W 41–23 4–4 Levi's Stadium Recap
10 November 13 Denver Broncos L 23–25 4–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
11 November 17 at Carolina Panthers L 20–23 4–6 Bank of America Stadium Recap
12 November 27 Los Angeles Rams W 49–21 5–6 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
13 December 4 Detroit Lions L 13–28 5–7 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
14 December 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 11–16 5–8 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 18 at Arizona Cardinals W 48–41 6–8 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
16 December 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–24 7–8 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
17 January 1 at Atlanta Falcons L 32–38 7–9 Georgia Dome Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week One: Oakland Raiders at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 10 0 3 22

35

Saints 3 14 7 10

34

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 47-yard field goal, 12:23. Raiders 3–0. Drive: 4 plays, −8 yards, 2:22.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 42-yard field goal, 6:31. Tied 3–3. Drive: 13 plays, 65 yards, 5:52.
  • OAK – Latavius Murray 6-yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 1:43. Raiders 10–3. Drive: 7 plays, 91 yards, 4:48.

Second quarter

  • NO – Willie Snead 1-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 11:57. Tied 10–10. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:46.
  • NO – Brandin Cooks 15-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 4:55. Saints 17–10. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:06.

Third quarter

  • NO – Brandin Cooks 98-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 7:52. Saints 24–10. Drive: 1 play, 98 yards, 0:11.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 31-yard field goal, 3:11. Saints 24–13. Drive: 12 plays, 62 yards, 4:41.

Fourth quarter

  • OAK – Jamize Olawale 2-yard run (pass failed), 11:53. Saints 24–19. Drive: 4 plays, 60 yards, 1:49.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 20-yard field goal, 8:42. Saints 27–19. Drive: 6 plays, 69 yards, 3:11.
  • OAK – Jalen Richard 75-yard run (Derek CarrAmari Cooper pass), 8:26. Tied 27–27. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:16.
  • NO – Travaris Cadet 2-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 6:03. Saints 34–27. Drive: 3 plays, 84 yards, 2:23.
  • OAK – Seth Roberts 10-yard pass from Derek Carr (Derek Carr–Michael Crabtree pass), 0:47. Raiders 35–34. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:16.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

The Saints opened the season at home against the Oakland Raiders in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Despite 423 passing yards—including a franchise-record 98-yard touchdown pass to receiver Brandin Cooks[1]—and four touchdowns from Drew Brees, the Raiders came from behind to win 35–34.[2] The Raiders scored a touchdown with 47 seconds remaining in the game to bring them within one point. Instead of kicking an extra point, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio ordered a two-point conversion, which quarterback Derek Carr successfully converted with a pass to receiver Michael Crabtree. The Saints received the kickoff and Brees led the team down the field in two plays to give kicker Wil Lutz a chance at a game-winning 61-yard field goal, but the kick went wide left.[3] The Saints defense was criticized for its performance, as it gave up 210 yards and 22 points in the fourth quarter.[4][5]

Week 2: at New York GiantsEdit

Week Two: New Orleans Saints at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 3 0 10

13

Giants 0 7 3 6

16

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • NYG – Janoris Jenkins 65-yard return of blocked field goal (Josh Brown kick), 2:30. Giants 7–0.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 39-yard field goal, 0:07. Giants 7–3. Drive: 11 plays, 54 yards, 2:23.

Third quarter

  • NYG – Josh Brown 48-yard field goal, 2:46. Giants 10–3. Drive: 11 plays, 54 yards, 5:58.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Willie Snead IV 17-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 13:45. Tied 10–10. Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 4:01.
  • NYG – Josh Brown 19-yard field goal, 8:46. Giants 13–10. Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards, 4:59.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 45-yard field goal, 2:54. Tied 13–13. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 3:13.
  • NYG – Josh Brown 23-yard field goal, 0:00. Giants 16–13. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 2:54.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 3: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Three: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 21 10 7

45

Saints 7 10 8 7

32

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 13-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 14:53. Falcons 14–7. Drive: 11 plays, 74, yards, 5:08.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 9:55. Tied 14–14. Drive: 12 plays, 75, yards, 4:58.
  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 2-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 5:31. Falcons 21–14. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 4:24.
  • ATL – Justin Hardy 4-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:28. Falcons 28–14. Drive: 8 plays, 94, yards, 1:23.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 57-yard field goal, 0:00. Falcons 28–17. Drive: 7 plays, 36 yards, 0:28.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 6-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 12:03. Falcons 35–17. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:57.
  • NO – John Kuhn 3-yard run (Mark Ingram Jr. run), 7:38. Falcons 35–25. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:25.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 21-yard field goal, 2:58. Falcons 38–25. Drive: 11 plays, 76 yards, 4:40.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Deion Jones 90-yard interception return (Matt Bryant kick), 13:37. Falcons 45–25. Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 4:21.
  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. 5-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 10:00. Falcons 45–32. Drive: 7 plays, 75, yards, 3:37.

Top passers

  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 20/30, 240 yards, 2 TD
  • NO – Drew Brees – 36/54, 376 yards, 3 TD, INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • ATL – Devonta Freeman – 5 receptions, 55 yards, TD
  • NO – Coby Fleener – 7 receptions, 109 yards, TD

Week 4: at San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Four: New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 7 7 14

35

Chargers 7 17 0 10

34

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CDT/1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 74 °F (23 °C), fair
  • Game attendance: 60,641
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NO – John Kuhn 4-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 9:20. Saints 14–7. Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards, 6:50.
  • SD – Dontrelle Inman 57-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Josh Lambo kick), 7:04. Tied 14–14. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 2:16.
  • SD – Josh Lambo 30-yard field goal, 4:50. Chargers 17–14. Drive: 5 plays, 29 yards, 2:05.
  • SD – Melvin Gordon 1-yard run (Josh Lambo kick), 0:13. Chargers 24–14. Drive: 11 plays, 47 yards, 2:14.

Third quarter

  • NO – John Kuhn 1-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 9:00. Chargers 24–21. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 4:18.

Fourth quarter

  • SD – Melvin Gordon 1-yard run (Josh Lambo kick), 12:15. Chargers 31–21. Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards, 6:28.
  • SD – Josh Lambo 47-yard field goal, 8:39. Chargers 34–21. Drive: 6 plays, −3 yards, 2:48.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 5-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 4:50. Chargers 34–28. Drive: 4 plays, 13 yards, 1:50.
  • NO – John Kuhn 1-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 1:57. Saints 35–34. Drive: 7 plays, 31 yards, 2:45.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. – 6 receptions, 49 yards
  • SD – Dontrelle Inman – 7 receptions, 120 yards, TD

For the first time in 11 years, Drew Brees returned to San Diego to face his former team, the Chargers, where he began his NFL career. In the game, the Saints got their first win of the season, rallying in the 4th quarter after trailing 34–21 to win 35–34, mostly due to two key fumbles by the Chargers.

Week 6: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Six: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 10 7 21

38

Saints 14 10 7 10

41

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,138
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • NO – Coby Fleener 2-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 8:55. Saints 7–0. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 6:05.
  • NO – Brandin Cooks 87-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 2:31. Saints 14–0. Drive: 3 plays, 93 yards, 0:57.

Second quarter

  • NO – Michael Thomas 9-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 13:47. Saints 21–0. Drive: 4 plays, 29 yards, 1:48.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 42-yard field goal, 3:02. Saints 21–3. Drive: 6 plays, 33 yards, 1:09.
  • CAR – Devin Funchess 17-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 1:15. Saints 21–10. Drive: 5 plays, 63 yards, 1:09.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 33-yard field goal, 0:10. Saints 24–10. Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 1:05.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Ed Dickson 1-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 6:49. Saints 24–17. Drive: 12 plays, 60 yards, 4:57.
  • NO – Coby Fleener 50-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 4:56. Saints 31–17. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:53.

Fourth quarter

  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 2-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 14:49. Saints 31–24. Drive: 3 plays, 50 yards, 1:04.
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 1-yard run (kick failed, wide right), 9:38. Saints 31–30. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 3:51.
  • NO – Josh Hill 8-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 6:02. Saints 38–30. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:36.
  • CAR – Cam Newton 2-yard run (Cam Newton–Devin Funchess pass), 2:58. Tied 38–38. Drive: 6 plays, 78 yards, 3:04.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 52-yard field goal, 0:11. Saints 41–38. Drive: 11 plays, 41 yards, 2:47.

Top passers

  • CAR – Cam Newton – 27/47, 322 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • NO – Drew Brees – 34/49, 465 yards, 4 TD, INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 7: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Seven: New Orleans Saints at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 0 7 7

21

Chiefs 14 7 3 3

27

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • KC – Tyreek Hill 38-yard pass from Alex Smith (Cairo Santos kick), 7:02. Chiefs 21–7. Drive: 8 plays, 85 yards, 4:58.

Third quarter

  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 6:57. Chiefs 21–14. Drive: 14 plays, 75 yards, 8:03.
  • KC – Cairo Santos 39-yard field goal, 3:21. Chiefs 24–14. Drive: 7 plays, 42 yards, 3:36.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Brandon Coleman 10-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 2:33. Chiefs 24–21. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 2:27.
  • KC – Cairo Santos 41-yard field goal, 0:28. Chiefs 27–21. Drive: 6 plays, 23 yards, 2:05.

Top passers

  • NO – Drew Brees – 37/48, 367 yards, 3 TD, INT
  • KC – Alex Smith – 17/24, 214 yards, 2 TD

Top rushers

  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. – 16 rushes, 62 yards
  • KC – Spencer Ware – 17 rushes, 77 yards

Top receivers

  • NO – Michael Thomas – 10 receptions, 130 yards
  • KC – Spencer Ware – 2 receptions, 54 yards, TD

Week 8: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 7 7 3 3

20

Saints 0 13 3 9

25

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 22-yard field goal, 11:33. Seahawks 7–3. Drive: 15 plays, 83 yards, 7:00.
  • SEA – Christine Michael 2-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 9:53. Seahawks 14–3. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:40.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 53-yard field goal, 5:15. Seahawks 14–6. Drive: 10 plays, 40 yards, 4:38.
  • NO – Drew Brees 1-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 0:49. Seahawks 14–13. Drive: 9 plays, 37 yards, 4:13.

Third quarter

  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 44-yard field goal, 8:56. Seahawks 17–13. Drive: 11 plays, 49 yards, 6:04.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 21-yard field goal, 3:14. Seahawks 17–16. Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards, 5:42.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Brandin Cooks 2-yard pass from Drew Brees (pass failed), 12:24. Saints 22–17. Drive: 9 plays, 71 yards, 4:27.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 21-yard field goal, 6:38. Saints 22–20. Drive: 13 plays, 72 yards, 5:46.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 41-yard field goal, 1:57. Saints 25–20. Drive: 11 plays, 52 yards, 4:41.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 9: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Nine: New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 14 17 0 10

41

49ers 3 17 3 0

23

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,178
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • SF – Phil Dawson 49-yard field goal, 9:25. 49ers 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 45 yards, 2:53.
  • NO – Tim Hightower 4-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 5:11. Saints 7–3. Drive: 10 plays, 83 yards, 4:14.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 1-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 2:14. Saints 14–3. Drive: 5 plays, 12 yards, 1:22.

Second quarter

  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. 5-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 7:40. Saints 21–3. Drive: 12 plays, 76 yards, 6:05.
  • SF – DuJuan Harris 47-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (Phil Dawson kick), 5:56. Saints 21–10. Drive: 4 plays, 65 yards, 1:44.
  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. 75-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 5:45. Saints 28–10. Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 0:11.
  • SF – Phil Dawson 48-yard field goal, 3:53. Saints 28–13. Drive: 5 plays, 37 yards, 1:52.
  • SF – Vance McDonald 65-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (Phil Dawson kick), 1:05. Saints 28–20. Drive: 3 plays, 72 yards, 0:42.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 26-yard field goal, 0:00. Saints 31–20. Drive: 6 plays, 71 yards, 1:05.

Third quarter

  • SF – Phil Dawson 46-yard field goal, 9:07. Saints 31–23. Drive: 6 plays, 29 yards, 1:07.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Michael Thomas 32-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 13:13. Saints 38–23. Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards, 3:23.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 41-yard field goal, 8:52. Saints 41–23. Drive: 10 plays, 53 yards, 4:02.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 10: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

Week Ten: Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 3 0 15

25

Saints 0 3 14 6

23

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • DEN – Brandon McManus 50-yard field goal, 13:42. Broncos 10–0. Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:11.
  • NO – Will Lutz 30-yard field goal, 0:00. Broncos 10–3. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 0:29.

Third quarter

  • NO – Willie Snead 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Will Lutz kick), 8:30. Tied 10–10. Drive: 7 plays, 90 yards, 3:50.
  • NO – Willie Snead 5-yard pass from Drew Brees (Will Lutz kick), 3:59. Saints 17–10. Drive: 4 plays, 38 yards, 1:36.

Fourth quarter

  • DEN – Demaryius Thomas 2-yard pass from Trevor Siemian (Brandon McManus kick), 9:37. Tied 17–17. Drive: 7 plays, 27 yards, 3:52.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 28-yard field goal, 3:23. Broncos 20–17. Drive: 10 plays, 43 yards, 4:18.
  • DEN – Brandon McManus 37-yard field goal, 2:50. Broncos 23–17. Drive: 4 plays, 2 yards, 0:18.
  • NO – Brandin Cooks 32-yard pass from Drew Brees, 1:22. Tied 23–23. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 1:28.
  • DEN – Will Parks defensive two-point conversion, 1:22. Broncos 25–23.

Top passers

  • DEN – Trevor Siemian – 25/40, 258 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • NO – Drew Brees – 21/29, 303 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

  • DEN – Demaryius Thomas – 8 receptions, 87 yards, TD
  • NO – Brandin Cooks – 3 receptions, 98 yards, TD

Week 11: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Eleven: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 0 0 17

20

Panthers 3 17 3 0

23

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

First quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 32-yard field goal, 8:29. Panthers 3–0. Drive: 11 plays, 18 yards, 4:46.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 27-yard field goal, 0:36. Tied 3–3. Drive: 14 plays, 71 yards, 7:53.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 1-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 5:40. Panthers 10–3. Drive: 8 plays, 34 yards, 3:37.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 49-yard field goal, 2:50. Panthers 13–3. Drive: 5 plays, 19 yards, 1:22.
  • CAR – Ted Ginn Jr. 40-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 0:16. Panthers 20–3. Drive: 1 play, 40 yards, 0:07.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 42-yard field goal, 8:17. Panthers 23–3. Drive: 14 plays, 51 yards, 6:43.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 30-yard field goal, 14:56. Panthers 23–6. Drive: 16 plays, 58 yards, 8:21.
  • NO – Brandon Coleman 9-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 11:22. Panthers 23–13. Drive: 4 plays, 51 yards, 1:37.
  • NO – Coby Fleener 8-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 2:52. Panthers 23–20. Drive: 13 plays, 76 yards, 5:11.

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

As part of Color Rush, the Saints wore all-white uniforms for this game, inspired by the ones they wore in 1975. Due to this, it was the first time the Saints have worn white pants since 1985 and the second season they wore all-white uniforms in franchise history, the first being the 1975 season.[citation needed] The Saints went into the fourth quarter with a 20-point deficit to the Panthers. The Saints rallied and got within three with 5:11 left to go in the game, but the Panthers were able to hold them off.

Week 12: vs. Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Twelve: Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 14 0 0

21

Saints 7 21 14 7

49

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,067
  • Referee: John Hussey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • LA – Kenny Britt 6-yard pass from Jared Goff (Greg Zuerlein kick), 14:43. Rams 14–7. Drive: 1 play, 6 yards, 0:04.
  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. 10-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 9:38. Tied 14–14. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 5:05.
  • NO – Drew Brees 1-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 7:46. Saints 21–14. Drive: 4 plays, 10 yards, 1:39.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 6-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 2:24. Saints 28–14. Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards, 3:45.
  • LA – Lance Kendricks 15-yard pass from Jared Goff (Greg Zuerlein kick), 0:55. Saints 28–21. Drive: 8 plays, 79 yards, 1:29.

Third quarter

  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. 21-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 12:58. Saints 35–21. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 2:02.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 21-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 3:42. Saints 42–21. Drive: 7 plays, 92 yards, 3:17.

Fourth quarter

Top passers

Top rushers

Top receivers

Week 13: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week Thirteen: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 10 6 9

28

Saints 0 6 0 7

13

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,137
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 27-yard field goal, 8:14. Lions 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, 5:09.

Second quarter

  • DET – Theo Riddick 1-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater kick), 13:03. Lions 10–0. Drive: 11 plays, 92 yards, 7:25.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 40-yard field goal, 5:05. Lions 10–3. Drive: 6 plays, 26 yards, 3:45.
  • DET – Matt Prater 29-yard field goal, 0:56. Lions 13–3. Drive: 12 plays, 64 yards, 4:09.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 32-yard field goal, 0:00. Lions 10–6. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 0:56.

Third quarter

  • DET – Matt Prater 32-yard field goal, 8:57. Lions 16–6. Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards, 6:03.
  • DET – Matt Prater 27-yard field goal, 1:42. Lions 19–6. Drive: 11 plays, 45 yards, 4:33.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – John Kuhn 1-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 13:32. Lions 19–13. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:10.
  • DET – Golden Tate 66-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (pass failed), 11:38. Lions 25–13. Drive: 5 plays, 78 yards, 1:54.
  • DET – Matt Prater 52-yard field goal, 7:10. Lions 28–13. Drive: 6 plays, 21 yards, 3:06.

Top passers

  • DET – Matthew Stafford – 30/42, 341 yards, 2 TD
  • NO – Drew Brees – 31/44, 326 yards, 3 INT

Top rushers

  • DET – Zach Zenner – 9 rushes, 40 yards
  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. – 7 rushes, 37 yards

Top receivers

  • DET – Golden Tate – 8 receptions, 145 yards, TD
  • NO – Coby Fleener – 5 receptions, 86 yards

Week 14: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Fourteen: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 8 3 0

11

Buccaneers 3 10 0 3

16

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 79 °F (26 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 62,140
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • TB – Roberto Aguayo 41-yard field goal, 8:05. Buccaneers 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 3:00.

Second quarter

  • TB – Doug Martin 1-yard run (Roberto Aguayo kick), 14:50. Buccaneers 10–0. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 6:37.
  • TB – Roberto Aguayo 39-yard field goal, 8:26. Buccaneers 13–0. Drive: 10 plays, 50 yards, 4:45.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 42-yard field goal, 5:29. Buccaneers 13–3. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 2:57.
  • NO – Doug Martin tackled in the end zone by Paul Kruger for a safety, 5:20. Buccaneers 13–5.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 34-yard field goal, 0:00. Buccaneers 13–8. Drive: 14 plays, 35 yards, 5:20.

Third quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 22-yard field goal, 3:35. Buccaneers 13–11. Drive: 11 plays, 76 yards, 5:29.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Roberto Aguayo 26-yard field goal, 12:46. Buccaneers 16–11. Drive: 13 plays, 68 yards, 5:49.

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Week 15: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Fifteen: New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 10 14 3 21

48

Cardinals 7 13 7 14

41

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 3:05 p.m. CST/2:05 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 65,072
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • ARI – Kerwynn Williams 49-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 12:27. Cardinals 7–0. Drive: 6 plays, 78 yards, 2:33.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 37-yard field goal, 5:27. Cardinals 7–3. Drive: 14 plays, 56 yards, 7:00.
  • NO – Travaris Cadet 10-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 1:33. Saints 10–7. Drive: 7 plays, 30 yards, 2:59.

Second quarter

  • ARI – Calais Campbell 53-yard fumble return (kick failed, wide left), 7:08. Cardinals 13–10.
  • NO – Brandin Cooks 65-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 6:11. Saints 17–13. Drive: 2 plays, 77 yards, 0:57.
  • NO – Brandin Cooks 45-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 1:51. Saints 24–13. Drive: 5 plays, 62 yards, 1:41.
  • ARI – J. J. Nelson 10-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 0:40. Saints 24–20. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 1:11.

Third quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 39-yard field goal, 6:06. Saints 27–20. Drive: 14 plays, 68 yards, 5:57.
  • ARI – David Johnson 2-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 3:19. Tied 27–27. Drive: 5 plays, 62 yards, 2:47.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Tim Hightower 3-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 12:59. Saints 34–27. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:20.
  • ARI – David Johnson 7-yard run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 8:57. Tied 34–34. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:02.
  • NO – Michael Thomas 4-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 5:33. Saints 41–34. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:24.
  • NO – Tim Hightower 2-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 3:27. Saints 48–34. Drive: 6 plays, 29 yards, 1:46.
  • ARI – John Brown 30-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 2:19. Saints 48–41. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 1:08.

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Week 16: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

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

24

Saints 7 6 15 3

31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,177
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • TB – Cameron Brate 12-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick), 10:50. Tied 7–7. Drive: 4 plays, 39 yards, 1:13.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 42-yard field goal, 6:45. Saints 10–7. Drive: 10 plays, 51 yards, 4:05.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 34-yard field goal, 0:00. Saints 13–7. Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 3:38.

Third quarter

  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. 14-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 14:01. Saints 20–7. Drive: 1 play, 14 yards, 0:05.
  • TB – Jacquizz Rodgers 3-yard run (Roberto Aguayo kick), 8:38. Saints 20–14. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:23.
  • NO – Travaris Cadet 11-yard pass from Drew Brees (Mark Ingram Jr. run), 6:20. Saints 28–14. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:18.
  • TB – Mike Evans 34-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick), 1:52. Saints 28–21. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:28.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Wil Lutz 21-yard field goal, 11:55. Saints 31–21. Drive: 11 plays, 72 yards, 4:57.
  • TB – Roberto Aguayo 35-yard field goal, 2:00. Saints 31–24. Drive: 10 plays, 40 yards, 2:33.

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Week 17: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Seventeen: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 10 3 0 19

32

Falcons 14 21 3 0

38

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,835
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

First quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 7-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 11:55. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 4 plays, 68 yards, 2:11.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 19-yard field goal, 3:53. Falcons 7–3. Drive: 15 plays, 74 yards, 8:02.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 75-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 3:42. Falcons 14–3. Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 0:11.
  • NO – Tim Hightower 2-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 0:52. Falcons 14–10. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 2:50.

Second quarter

  • ATL – Julio Jones 1-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 14:17. Falcons 21–10. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:35.
  • ATL – Mohamed Sanu 10-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 6:51. Falcons 28–10. Drive: 10 plays, 76 yards, 5:41.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 40-yard field goal, 3:40. Falcons 28–13. Drive: 7 plays, 53 yards, 3:11.
  • ATL – Justin Hardy 7-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 0:32. Falcons 35–13. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:08.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 22-yard field goal, 5:17. Falcons 38–13. Drive: 14 plays, 95 yards, 5:06.

Fourth quarter

  • NO – Michael Thomas 14-yard pass from Drew Brees (run failed), 12:41. Falcons 38–19. Drive: 7 plays, 89 yards, 2:11.
  • NO – Mark Ingram Jr. 1-yard run (pass failed), 2:47. Falcons 38–25. Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 2:18.
  • NO – Travaris Cadet 3-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 0:39. Falcons 38–32. Drive: 13 plays, 57 yards, 2:08.

Top passers

  • NO – Drew Brees – 29/50, 350 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 27/36, 331 yards, 4 TD

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StandingsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

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