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1971 New Orleans Saints

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4-8-2, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.7, Offense: 1.4, Defense: -4.1, SoS: 3.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 266 points (19.0/g), 15th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 347 points (24.8/g), 24th.
 Differential of -81 points (-5.8/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 4.9-9.1.

Coach: J.D. Roberts (4-8-2)

Stadium: Tulane Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

Team Info

President/Majority Shareholder John Mecom Jr.
General Manager Vic Schwenk
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 266 3666 889 4.1 25 11 31 242 182 387 1955 12 14 4.5 106 452 1711 18 3.8 105
Team Defense 347 4438 852 5.2 45 25 21 260 175 333 2238 20 20 6.3 110 495 2200 18 4.4 129
Lg Rank Offense 15 19 3 2 6 9 20 19 5 24 17 15 5 17
Lg Rank Defense 24 22 3 1 25 3 15 23 15 23 23 22 21 22

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 19 boxscore W 1-0 Los Angeles Rams 24 20 21 276 154 122 1 11 262 144 118 1
2 Sun September 26 boxscore L 1-1 San Francisco 49ers 20 38 16 263 173 90 2 17 319 125 194 2
3 Sun October 3 boxscore T 1-1-1 @ Houston Oilers 13 13 16 263 79 184 2 13 263 156 107 3
4 Sun October 10 boxscore L 1-2-1 @ Chicago Bears 14 35 18 263 188 75 4 26 427 225 202 3
5 Sun October 17 boxscore W 2-2-1 Dallas Cowboys 24 14 10 157 49 108 2 20 300 204 96 6
6 Sun October 24 boxscore L 2-3-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 6 28 15 202 144 58 2 25 364 80 284 1
7 Sun October 31 boxscore L 2-4-1 @ Washington Redskins 14 24 16 212 106 106 1 21 377 204 173 6
8 Sun November 7 boxscore T 2-4-2 Oakland Raiders 21 21 26 373 161 212 3 13 240 106 134 2
9 Sun November 14 boxscore W 3-4-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 26 20 17 338 216 122 1 23 333 190 143 4
10 Sun November 21 boxscore L 3-5-2 Minnesota Vikings 10 23 11 258 167 91 2 20 267 95 172 2
11 Sun November 28 boxscore W 4-5-2 @ Green Bay Packers 29 21 18 273 110 163 15 262 167 95 6
12 Sun December 5 boxscore L 4-6-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 28 45 20 263 207 56 1 22 421 128 293 1
13 Sun December 12 boxscore L 4-7-2 Cleveland Browns 17 21 18 225 66 159 3 20 284 152 132 7
14 Sun December 19 boxscore L 4-8-2 Atlanta Falcons 20 24 20 300 135 165 1 14 319 262 57 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
14 Ed Hargett 24 qb 14 4 1-3-0 96 210 45.7% 1191 6 2.9 5 2.4 49 5.7 5.2 12.4 85.1 63.4 10 68 5.10 4.63 4.5 2 1
8 Archie Manning 22 QB 12 10 3-5-2 86 177 48.6% 1164 6 3.4 9 5.1 63 6.6 5.0 13.5 97.0 60.1 40 332 3.83 2.52 18.4 2 1
Team Total 25.0 14 4-8-2 182 387 47.0% 2355 12 3.1 14 3.6 63 6.1 5.1 12.9 168.2 61.9 50 400 4.47 3.58 11.4 4 2
Opp Total 14 175 333 52.6% 2472 20 6.0 20 6.0 7.4 5.92 14.1 176.6 71.8 24 234 6.3 4.9 6.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
35 Bob Gresham 23 RB 13 4 127 383 6 18 3.0 29.5 9.8 17 203 11.9 0 37 1.3 15.6 586 6 3
42 Jim Strong 25 FB 14 7 95 404 3 39 4.3 28.9 6.8 16 78 4.9 0 14 1.1 5.6 482 3 5
28 James Ford 22 9 7 93 379 2 35 4.1 42.1 10.3 7 54 7.7 0 10 0.8 6.0 433 2 2
8 Archie Manning 22 QB 12 10 33 172 4 17 5.2 14.3 2.8 1 -7 -7.0 0 -7 0.1 -0.6 165 4 7
40 Hoyle Granger 27 14 4 32 139 1 16 4.3 9.9 2.3 12 52 4.3 0 11 0.9 3.7 191 1 1
47 Virgil Robinson 24 KR 11 2 29 96 1 12 3.3 8.7 2.6 12 53 4.4 1 17 1.1 4.8 149 2 2
38 Tony Baker 26 4 3 29 125 0 20 4.3 31.3 7.3 6 44 7.3 1 29 1.5 11.0 169 1 1
14 Ed Hargett 24 qb 14 4 9 24 1 11 2.7 1.7 0.6 24 1 1
83 Dave Parks 30 TE 14 13 2 -2 0 10 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 35 568 16.2 5 42 2.5 40.6 566 5 0
25 Al Dodd 26 PR/WR 10 9 1 7 0 7 7.0 0.7 0.1 15 298 19.9 0 49 1.5 29.8 305 0 2
10 Julian Fagan 23 P 14 0 1 -17 0 -17 -17.0 -1.2 0.1 -17 0 0
30 Billy Harris 25 1 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 1.0 1.0 1 0 0
46 Danny Abramowicz 26 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 657 17.8 5 63 2.6 46.9 657 5 1
41 Bob Newland 23 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 319 15.2 0 44 1.5 22.8 319 0 0
36 Don Burchfield 22 14 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 36 12.0 0 16 0.2 2.6 36 0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 452 1711 18 39 3.8 122.2 32.3 182 2355 12.9 12 63 13.0 168.2 4066 30 29
Opp Total 14 495 2200 18 4.4 157.1 35.4 175 2238 12.8 20 12.5 159.9 4438 38 39

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
25 Al Dodd 26 PR/WR 10 9 13 88 0 14 6.8 12 252 0 28 21.0 645
47 Virgil Robinson 24 KR 11 2 19 443 0 51 23.3 592
21 Reynaud Moore 22 14 6 2 12 0 9 6.0 11 246 0 31 22.4 258
42 Jim Strong 25 FB 14 7 9 134 0 20 14.9 616
35 Bob Gresham 23 RB 13 4 3 60 0 26 20.0 646
46 Danny Abramowicz 26 WR 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 657
53 Dick Absher 27 14 1 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
36 Don Burchfield 22 14 1 1 5 0 5 5.0 41
Team Total 25.0 14 16 100 0 14 6.3 56 1143 0 51 20.4 5309
Opp Total 14 43 251 0 5.8 54 1326 2 24.6

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
10 Julian Fagan 23 P 14 0 77 3188 64 0 41.4
15 Charlie Durkee 27 K 12 0 6 6 4 4 9 6 3 1 23 16 69.6%% 25 24 96.0%%
3 Skip Butler 24 k 2 0 1 2 1 2 5 1 20.0%% 6 5 83.3%%
Team Total 25.0 14 7 6 4 4 11 7 5 1 28 17 60.7%% 31 29 93.5%% 77 3188 64 0 41.4
Opp Total 14 26 13 50.0%% 44 44 100.0%% 50 2060 41.2

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
8 Archie Manning 22 QB 12 10 0 7 3 -2 0
42 Jim Strong 25 FB 14 7 0 5 2 0 0
22 Dee Martin 22 LCB 14 14 3 51 0 26 0 0 1 2 0 0
18 Hugo Hollas 26 SS 14 14 5 56 0 25 0
20 Delles Howell 23 RCB 14 13 5 120 0 60 0
28 James Ford 22 9 7 0 2 2 0 0
35 Bob Gresham 23 RB 13 4 0 3 1 0 0
89 Dave Long 27 RDT 14 14 0 0 4 0 0
87 Richard Neal 24 LDE 14 13 0 0 4 0 0
23 Doug Wyatt 25 FS 12 8 4 84 1 55 0
53 Dick Absher 27 14 1 1 21 0 21 0 0 0 2 0 0
59 Wayne Colman 25 RLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
25 Al Dodd 26 PR/WR 10 9 0 2 1 0 0
14 Ed Hargett 24 qb 14 4 0 1 2 0 0
64 Ray Hester 22 14 0 0 0 3 0 0
47 Virgil Robinson 24 KR 11 2 0 2 1 0 0
46 Danny Abramowicz 26 WR 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
55 Jim Flanigan 26 MLB 14 12 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 1 15 0
40 Hoyle Granger 27 14 4 0 1 1 0 0
72 Joe Owens 25 RDE 14 10 0 0 2 0 0
61 Del Williams 26 RG 14 14 0 1 1 0 0
38 Tony Baker 26 4 3 0 1 0 0 0
51 John Didion 24 C 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
43 Dave Kopay 29 10 0 0 0 1 6 0
50 Jake Kupp 30 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
11 Bivian Lee 23 14 1 0 0 1 0 0
21 Reynaud Moore 22 14 6 0 1 0 0 0
76 Don Morrison 22 LT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
41 Bob Newland 23 14 5 0 0 1 7 0
83 Dave Parks 30 TE 14 13 0 0 1 0 0
82 Bob Pollard 23 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
67 John Shinners 24 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.0 14 20 342 1 60 0 0 29 43 32 0
Opp Total 14 50 39 14

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
15 Charlie Durkee 27 K 12 0 24 16 72
35 Bob Gresham 23 RB 13 4 6 6 36
46 Danny Abramowicz 26 WR 14 14 5 5 30
83 Dave Parks 30 TE 14 13 5 5 30
8 Archie Manning 22 QB 12 10 4 4 24
42 Jim Strong 25 FB 14 7 3 3 18
28 James Ford 22 9 7 2 2 12
47 Virgil Robinson 24 KR 11 2 1 1 2 12
3 Skip Butler 24 k 2 0 5 1 8
38 Tony Baker 26 4 3 1 1 6
40 Hoyle Granger 27 14 4 1 1 6
14 Ed Hargett 24 qb 14 4 1 1 6
23 Doug Wyatt 25 FS 12 8 1 1 6
Team Total 25.0 14 18 12 1 31 29 17 266
Opp Total 14 18 20 2 2 1 44 13 347

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 RAM W, 24-20 3 6 pass Dave Parks 6 yard pass from Archie Manning (Skip Butler kick)
2 1971-09-19 RAM W, 24-20 3 2 rush Bob Gresham 2 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
3 1971-09-19 RAM W, 24-20 4 1 rush Archie Manning 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
4 1971-09-26 SFO L, 20-38 2 25 pass Danny Abramowicz 25 yard pass from Ed Hargett (Skip Butler kick)
5 1971-09-26 SFO L, 20-38 4 40 pass Danny Abramowicz 40 yard pass from Archie Manning (Skip Butler kick)
6 1971-09-26 SFO L, 20-38 4 10 pass Danny Abramowicz 10 yard pass from Archie Manning
7 1971-10-03 @ HOU T, 13-13 1 63 pass Danny Abramowicz 63 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
8 1971-10-10 @ CHI L, 14-35 2 1 rush James Ford 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
9 1971-10-10 @ CHI L, 14-35 4 11 rush Hoyle Granger 11 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
10 1971-10-17 DAL W, 24-14 1 29 pass Tony Baker 29 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
11 1971-10-17 DAL W, 24-14 2 13 rush Archie Manning 13 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
12 1971-10-17 DAL W, 24-14 4 2 rush Archie Manning 2 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
13 1971-10-31 @ WAS L, 14-24 4 3 rush James Ford 3 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
14 1971-10-31 @ WAS L, 14-24 4 1 rush Bob Gresham 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
15 1971-11-07 OAK T, 21-21 3 10 rush Jim Strong 10 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
16 1971-11-07 OAK T, 21-21 4 2 rush Bob Gresham 2 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
17 1971-11-07 OAK T, 21-21 4 10 pass Dave Parks 10 yard pass from Ed Hargett (Charlie Durkee kick)
18 1971-11-14 @ SFO W, 26-20 1 39 pass Dave Parks 39 yard pass from Ed Hargett (Charlie Durkee kick)
19 1971-11-14 @ SFO W, 26-20 3 22 pass Dave Parks 22 yard pass from Ed Hargett
20 1971-11-14 @ SFO W, 26-20 4 10 pass Virgil Robinson 10 yard pass from Ed Hargett (Charlie Durkee kick)
21 1971-11-21 MIN L, 10-23 4 4 pass Dave Parks 4 yard pass from Archie Manning (Charlie Durkee kick)
22 1971-11-28 @ GNB W, 29-21 4 1 rush Jim Strong 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
23 1971-11-28 @ GNB W, 29-21 4 55 interception Doug Wyatt 55 yard interception return (Charlie Durkee kick)
24 1971-12-05 @ RAM L, 28-45 1 25 pass Danny Abramowicz 25 yard pass from Ed Hargett (Charlie Durkee kick)
25 1971-12-05 @ RAM L, 28-45 3 1 rush Bob Gresham 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
26 1971-12-05 @ RAM L, 28-45 3 1 rush Ed Hargett 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
27 1971-12-05 @ RAM L, 28-45 4 1 rush Bob Gresham 1 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
28 1971-12-12 CLE L, 17-21 2 4 rush Virgil Robinson 4 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
29 1971-12-12 CLE L, 17-21 4 7 rush Jim Strong 7 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
30 1971-12-19 ATL L, 20-24 1 6 rush Bob Gresham 6 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)
31 1971-12-19 ATL L, 20-24 3 6 rush Archie Manning 6 yard rush (Charlie Durkee kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1971-09-19 RAM L, 20-24 4 29 pass Les Josephson 29 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
2 1971-09-19 RAM L, 20-24 4 1 rush Les Josephson 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
3 1971-09-26 SFO W, 38-20 1 58 blocked field goal Bruce Taylor 58 yard blocked field goal return (Bruce Gossett kick)
4 1971-09-26 SFO W, 38-20 2 1 rush Ken Willard 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
5 1971-09-26 SFO W, 38-20 3 34 rush Vic Washington 34 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
6 1971-09-26 SFO W, 38-20 4 7 rush Doug Cunningham 7 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
7 1971-09-26 SFO W, 38-20 4 11 pass Dick Witcher 11 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
8 1971-10-03 @ HOU T, 13-13 4 70 pass Charlie Joiner 70 yard pass from Charley Johnson (Mark Moseley kick)
9 1971-10-10 @ CHI W, 35-14 1 25 pass Bob Wallace 25 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
10 1971-10-10 @ CHI W, 35-14 2 35 pass Dick Gordon 35 yard pass from Kent Nix (Mac Percival kick)
11 1971-10-10 @ CHI W, 35-14 2 23 pass George Farmer 23 yard pass from Don Shy (Mac Percival kick)
12 1971-10-10 @ CHI W, 35-14 2 1 rush Don Shy 1 yard rush (Mac Percival kick)
13 1971-10-10 @ CHI W, 35-14 2 0 fumble George Seals 0 yard fumble return (Mac Percival kick)
14 1971-10-17 DAL L, 14-24 3 41 pass Gloster Richardson 41 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
15 1971-10-17 DAL L, 14-24 4 16 pass Bob Hayes 16 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Mike Clark kick)
16 1971-10-24 @ ATL W, 28-6 1 4 rush Dick Shiner 4 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
17 1971-10-24 @ ATL W, 28-6 1 17 pass Harmon Wages 17 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Bill Bell kick)
18 1971-10-24 @ ATL W, 28-6 2 14 pass Jim Mitchell 14 yard pass from Dick Shiner (Bill Bell kick)
19 1971-10-24 @ ATL W, 28-6 4 13 rush Willie Belton 13 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
20 1971-10-31 @ WAS W, 24-14 2 1 rush Billy Kilmer 1 yard rush (Curt Knight kick)
21 1971-10-31 @ WAS W, 24-14 2 36 pass Larry Brown 36 yard pass from Billy Kilmer (Curt Knight kick)
22 1971-10-31 @ WAS W, 24-14 4 53 interception Pat Fischer 53 yard interception return (Curt Knight kick)
23 1971-11-07 OAK T, 21-21 2 42 pass Fred Biletnikoff 42 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
24 1971-11-07 OAK T, 21-21 3 4 rush Pete Banaszak 4 yard rush (George Blanda kick)
25 1971-11-07 OAK T, 21-21 4 20 pass Fred Biletnikoff 20 yard pass from Daryle Lamonica (George Blanda kick)
26 1971-11-14 @ SFO L, 20-26 1 16 pass Vic Washington 16 yard pass from John Brodie (Larry Schreiber pass from Bruce Gossett)
27 1971-11-14 @ SFO L, 20-26 4 7 pass Vic Washington 7 yard pass from John Brodie (Bruce Gossett kick)
28 1971-11-21 MIN W, 23-10 3 4 rush Bob Lee 4 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
29 1971-11-21 MIN W, 23-10 4 4 rush Clint Jones 4 yard rush (Fred Cox kick)
30 1971-11-28 @ GNB L, 21-29 1 3 rush Donny Anderson 3 yard rush (Tim Webster kick)
31 1971-11-28 @ GNB L, 21-29 4 90 kickoff Dave Hampton 90 yard kickoff return (Tim Webster kick)
32 1971-11-28 @ GNB L, 21-29 4 40 pass Rich McGeorge 40 yard pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Tim Webster kick)
33 1971-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-28 1 80 rush Willie Ellison 80 yard rush (David Ray kick)
34 1971-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-28 1 37 pass Jack Snow 37 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
35 1971-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-28 1 105 kickoff Travis Williams 105 yard kickoff return (David Ray kick)
36 1971-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-28 2 5 rush Larry Smith 5 yard rush (David Ray kick)
37 1971-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-28 2 8 pass Lance Rentzel 8 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
38 1971-12-05 @ RAM W, 45-28 4 39 pass Lance Rentzel 39 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (David Ray kick)
39 1971-12-12 CLE W, 21-17 1 2 rush Bo Scott 2 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
40 1971-12-12 CLE W, 21-17 3 1 rush Leroy Kelly 1 yard rush (Don Cockroft kick)
41 1971-12-12 CLE W, 21-17 4 0 fumble Walter Johnson 0 yard fumble return (Don Cockroft kick)
42 1971-12-19 ATL W, 24-20 1 6 rush Art Malone 6 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
43 1971-12-19 ATL W, 24-20 4 1 rush Art Malone 1 yard rush (Bill Bell kick)
44 1971-12-19 ATL W, 24-20 4 22 pass Ken Burrow 22 yard pass from Bob Berry (Bill Bell kick)