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The 2013 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League and the 38th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It also marked the seventh season under head coach Sean Payton, who returned to the team after serving a one-year suspension for his involvement in the team's 2012 bounty scandal.

2013 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachSean Payton
General managerMickey Loomis
OwnerTom Benson
Home fieldMercedes-Benz Superdome
Results
Record11–5
Division place2nd NFC South
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (at Eagles) 26–24
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Seahawks) 15–23
Pro BowlersDrew Brees (QB)
Jahri Evans (G)
Jimmy Graham (TE)
Cameron Jordan (DE)
AP All-ProsJimmy Graham (1st team)
Jahri Evans (2nd team)
Uniform
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The Saints improved their 7–9 record from last season, going 11–5 and making the playoffs as the six-seed. They earned the franchise's first-ever road postseason victory, with a 26–24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round, ending the drought at 0–5. However, the Saints were eliminated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional round, by a score of 23–15. The 2013 season was also the second time in three years the Saints went 8-0 at home.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

SigningsEdit

Pos. Player 2012 Team Contract
CB Keenan Lewis Pittsburgh Steelers 5 years, $25.5 million
TE Benjamin Watson Cleveland Browns 3 years, $4.9 million
LB Victor Butler Dallas Cowboys 2 years, $3 million
DE Kenyon Coleman Dallas Cowboys 1 year, $1 million
CB Chris Carr San Diego Chargers 1 year, $840,000
QB Luke McCown Atlanta Falcons 1 year, $840,000
OT Jason Smith New York Jets 1 year, $780,000
WR Robert Meachem San Diego Chargers 1 year, $715,000

Re-SigningsEdit

Pos. Player Contract
WR Courtney Roby 1 year, $905,000
LB Will Herring 1 year, $765,000
OLB Ramon Humber 1 year, $740,000

DeparturesEdit

Pos. Player 2013 Team
OT Jermon Bushrod Chicago Bears
QB Chase Daniel Kansas City Chiefs
LB Jonathan Casillas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
S Jim Leonhard Buffalo Bills
CB Elbert Mack Houston Texans
QB Seneca Wallace San Francisco 49ers
WR Steve Breaston
LB Scott Shanle

2013 draft classEdit

Round Selection Player Position College
1 15 Kenny Vaccaro Safety Texas
3 75 Terron Armstead Offensive tackle Arkansas–Pine Bluff
82 John Jenkins Defensive tackle Georgia
5 144 Kenny Stills Wide receiver Oklahoma
6 183 Rufus Johnson Defensive end Tarleton State

Notes The Saints did not have selections in the second, fourth, or seventh rounds. They forfeited their second-round selection as part of the punishment for the team's 2012 bounty scandal. They acquired the No. 82 selection in a trade that sent two fourth-round selections, Nos. 106 and 109 overall, to the Miami Dolphins. The No. 106 selection had been acquired in a trade that sent running back Chris Ivory to the New York Jets. The Saints traded their seventh-round selection to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for linebacker Barrett Ruud.

StaffEdit

2013 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2013 New Orleans Saints final 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, 14 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 Kansas City Chiefs W 17–13 1–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
2 August 16 Oakland Raiders W 28–20 2–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
3 August 25 at Houston Texans W 31–23 3–0 Reliant Stadium Recap
4 August 29 at Miami Dolphins L 21–24 3–1 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 Atlanta Falcons W 23–17 1–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
2 September 15 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 16–14 2–0 Raymond James Stadium Recap
3 September 22 Arizona Cardinals W 31–7 3–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 September 30 Miami Dolphins W 38–17 4–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
5 October 6 at Chicago Bears W 26–18 5–0 Soldier Field Recap
6 October 13 at New England Patriots L 27–30 5–1 Gillette Stadium Recap
7 Bye
8 October 27 Buffalo Bills W 35–17 6–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 3 at New York Jets L 20–26 6–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
10 November 10 Dallas Cowboys W 49–17 7–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
11 November 17 San Francisco 49ers W 23–20 8–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
12 November 21 at Atlanta Falcons W 17–13 9–2 Georgia Dome Recap
13 December 2 at Seattle Seahawks L 7–34 9–3 CenturyLink Field Recap
14 December 8 Carolina Panthers W 31–13 10–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
15 December 15 at St. Louis Rams L 16–27 10–4 Edward Jones Dome Recap
16 December 22 at Carolina Panthers L 13–17 10–5 Bank of America Stadium Recap
17 December 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 42–17 11–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

PostseasonEdit

Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 4, 2014 at Philadelphia Eagles (3) W 26–24 1–0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
Divisional January 11, 2014 at Seattle Seahawks (1) L 15–23 1–1 CenturyLink Field Recap

Game summariesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Week 1: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week One: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 10 0 7017
Saints 0 13 7323

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Week 2: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Two: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 10 0 3316
Buccaneers 7 0 0714

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

Week 3: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Three: Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 7 0 007
Saints 7 7 31431

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 4: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Four: Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 3 7 0717
Saints 7 14 14338

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 5: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week Five: New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 6 14 3326
Bears 0 7 3818

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information

Week 6: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week Six: New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 0 101027
Patriots 3 14 31030

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT/3:25 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 8: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Eight: Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 0 10 0717
Saints 7 14 7735

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 9: at New York JetsEdit

Week Nine: New Orleans Saints at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 7 3320
Jets 3 17 3326

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C)
  • Game attendance: 76,957
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Molly McGrath
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 10: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Ten: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 3 7 7017
Saints 7 21 71449

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 11: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Eleven: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 10 7320
Saints 7 7 0923

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,025
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 12: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Twelve: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 7 3017
Falcons 7 6 0013

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 13: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Thirteen: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 7 007
Seahawks 17 10 7034

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 7:40 p.m. CST/5:40 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,387
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 14: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Fourteen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 6 0 0713
Saints 0 21 3731

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,089
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 15: at St. Louis RamsEdit

Week Fifteen: New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 3 01316
Rams 14 10 3027

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information

Week 16: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Sixteen: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 6 0713
Panthers 0 7 3717

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 22
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), rainy
  • Game attendance: 73,825
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 17: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Seventeen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 7 7 3017
Saints 14 14 7742

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

PostseasonEdit

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at #3 Philadelphia EaglesEdit

NFC Wild Card Playoff Game: #6 New Orleans Saints at #3 Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 6 14626
Eagles 0 7 71024

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

NFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #1 Seattle SeahawksEdit

NFC Divisional Playoff Game: #6 New Orleans Saints at #1 Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 0 01515
Seahawks 6 10 0723

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 W3
(6) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 L2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 L3

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 Seattle Seahawks West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 417 231 186 W1
2 Carolina Panthers South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 125 W3
3 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 442 382 60 W2
4 Green Bay Packers North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 428 -11 W1
Wild cards
5 San Francisco 49ers West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 406 272 134 W6
6 New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 110 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 379 324 55 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 -33 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 439 432 7 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 294 383 -89 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 19 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 348 364 -16 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 -89 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 -90 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 -101 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .188 0–6 1–11 334 478 -144 L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 8, 2013.

External linksEdit