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2014 New Orleans Saints season

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.

2014 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachSean Payton
General managerMickey Loomis
OwnerTom Benson
Home fieldMercedes-Benz Superdome
Results
Record7–9
Division place2nd NFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDrew Brees (QB)
Jahri Evans (G)
Jimmy Graham (TE)
Mark Ingram (RB)
Uniform
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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 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, 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 34OTTotal
Saints 6 14 014034
Falcons 0 10 1410337

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 2: at Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Two: New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 10 7724
Browns 10 6 7326

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

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 34Total
Vikings 0 6 309
Saints 13 0 0720

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

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 34Total
Saints 0 0 31417
Cowboys 7 17 7738

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

Week 5: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Five: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Buccaneers 0 10 147031
Saints 6 7 711637

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 7: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week Seven: New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 10 7623
Lions 0 3 71424

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

Week 8: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Eight: Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Packers 10 6 0723
Saints 10 6 141444

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

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 34Total
Saints 0 14 7728
Panthers 0 0 7310

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Week 10: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Ten: San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
49ers 14 7 03327
Saints 3 7 77024

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

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 34Total
Bengals 7 6 7727
Saints 3 0 0710

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 12: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Twelve: Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 7 7 101034
Saints 7 10 01027

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 13: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Week Thirteen: New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 14 14735
Steelers 3 3 71932

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

Week 14: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Fourteen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 17 7 14341
Saints 0 3 0710

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

Week 15: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week Fifteen: New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 14 10731
Bears 0 0 01515

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

Week 16: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 3 10 71030
Saints 7 0 0714

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

Week 17: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Seventeen: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 7 01623
Buccaneers 3 17 0020

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Carolina Panthers 7 8 1 .469 4–2 6–6 339 374 W4
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 401 424 W1
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 0 .375 5–1 6–6 381 417 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 277 410 L6

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Seattle Seahawks West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 0.525 0.513 W6
2[a] Green Bay Packers North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 0.482 0.440 W2
3[a] Dallas Cowboys East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 0.445 0.422 W4
4 Carolina Panthers South 7 8 1 .469 4–2 6–6 0.490 0.357 W4
Wild Cards
5[b] Arizona Cardinals West 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 0.523 0.477 L2
6[b] Detroit Lions North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 0.471 0.392 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 6–6 0.490 0.416 W1
8 San Francisco 49ers West 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 0.527 0.508 W1
9[c] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 0.486 0.415 W1
10[c] Minnesota Vikings North 7 9 0 .438 1–5 6–6 0.475 0.308 W1
11[d] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 0.512 0.323 L1
12[d] Atlanta Falcons South 6 10 0 .375 5–1 6–6 0.482 0.380 L1
13[d] St. Louis Rams West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 0.531 0.427 L3
14 Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 0.529 0.338 L5
15 Washington Redskins East 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 0.496 0.422 L1
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 0.486 0.469 L6
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1–3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14–6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20–9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30–20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37–27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis
    based on conference record.
  5. ^ 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. ^ http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2014/12/new_orleans_saints_atlanta_fal_10.html
  2. ^ Kate White & David Gutman, "NFL's Saints to train at The Greenbrier: Resort constructing 3 fields, facilities for Super Bowl XLIV champs", The Charleston Gazette, March 13, 2014.
  3. ^ https://www.si.com/nfl/2014/10/27/no-punts-packers-saints-game
  4. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2014/11/10/kaepernick-ad-libbing-helps-4ers-end-saints-11-game-home-winning-streak-27-24/
  5. ^ "2014 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "2014 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2014.

External linksEdit