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1974 New Orleans Saints

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5-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.3, Offense: -5.7, Defense: -1.7, SoS: -0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 166 points (11.9/g), 24th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 263 points (18.8/g), 14th.
 Differential of -97 points (-6.9/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 3.5-10.5.

Coach: John North (5-9-0)

Stadium: Tulane Stadium
 Training Camp: Dodgertown (Vero Beach, Florida)

Team Info

General Manager Richard Gordon
President/Majority Shareholder John Mecom Jr.
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 166 3744 929 4.0 33 12 233 185 389 1761 10 21 4.1 91 503 1983 9 3.9 117 75 598 25
Opp. Stats 263 3797 853 4.5 35 19 226 193 369 2039 17 16 5.0 105 447 1758 11 3.9 104 77 690 17
Lg Rank Offense 24 17 14 8 16 9 22 22 14 24 9 10 25 12
Lg Rank Defense 14 7 9 3 8 13 9 20 19 8 6 10 7 15

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 15 boxscore L 0-1 San Francisco 49ers 13 17 22 278 149 129 4 15 214 56 158 3
2 Sun September 22 boxscore L 0-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 0 24 14 239 130 109 3 20 307 150 157 1
3 Sun September 29 boxscore W 1-2 Atlanta Falcons 14 13 15 196 24 172 2 12 230 63 167 3
4 Sun October 6 boxscore L 1-3 @ Chicago Bears 10 24 14 168 98 70 18 248 117 131 2
5 Sun October 13 boxscore L 1-4 @ Denver Broncos 17 33 19 333 196 137 3 24 397 274 123 2
6 Sun October 20 boxscore W 2-4 @ Atlanta Falcons 13 3 15 321 89 232 4 10 174 110 64 6
7 Sun October 27 boxscore W 3-4 Philadelphia Eagles 14 10 20 298 164 134 1 16 258 153 105 1
8 Sun November 3 boxscore L 3-5 @ Detroit Lions 14 19 17 280 186 94 5 10 195 137 58 4
9 Sun November 10 boxscore L 3-6 Miami Dolphins 0 21 16 273 116 157 1 16 222 81 141
10 Sun November 17 boxscore W 4-6 Los Angeles Rams 20 7 13 321 175 146 1 18 261 200 61 4
11 Mon November 25 boxscore L 4-7 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 28 15 178 69 109 4 18 334 62 272 4
12 Sun December 1 boxscore L 4-8 @ Minnesota Vikings 9 29 13 226 81 145 19 405 308 97 1
13 Sun December 8 boxscore W 5-8 St. Louis Cardinals 14 0 17 315 87 228 1 12 214 150 64 1
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 5-9 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 35 23 318 197 121 4 18 338 178 160 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
8 Archie Manning 25 QB 11 11 3-8-0 134 261 51.3 1429 6 2.3 16 6.1 79 5.5 3.2 10.7 129.9 49.8 26 172 4.38 2.29 9.1 2 2
12 Bobby Scott 25 qb 5 1 1-0-0 31 71 43.7 366 4 5.6 4 5.6 36 5.2 3.7 11.8 73.2 55.3 6 62 3.95 2.65 7.8
13 Larry Cipa 23 qb 4 2 1-1-0 20 55 36.4 242 0 0.0 0 0.0 30 4.4 4.4 12.1 60.5 50.7 4 36 3.49 3.49 6.8
19 Bill McClard 25 K 14 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
42 Joel Parker 22 WR 14 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 1 6 -3.00 -3.00 50.0
Team Total 25.1 14 5-9-0 185 389 47.6 2037 10 2.6 21 5.4 79 5.2 3.3 11.0 145.5 49.6 37 276 4.13 2.38 8.7 2 2
Opp Total 14 193 369 52.3 2330 17 4.6 16 4.3 6.3 5.28 12.1 166.4 69.3 37 291 5.0 4.1 9.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. 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
34 Jess Phillips 27 FB 14 0 174 556 2 14 3.2 39.7 12.4 11 55 5.0 0 17 0.8 3.9 611 2 3
28 Alvin Maxson 23 RB 14 13 165 714 2 66 4.3 51.0 11.8 42 294 7.0 1 22 3.0 21.0 1008 3 4
22 Howard Stevens 24 KR/PR 14 0 43 190 1 25 4.4 13.6 3.1 13 81 6.2 0 20 0.9 5.8 271 1 7
47 Jack DeGrenier 23 12 0 33 110 0 10 3.3 9.2 2.8 4 13 3.3 0 8 0.3 1.1 123 0 0
8 Archie Manning 25 QB 11 11 28 204 1 26 7.3 18.5 2.5 204 1 4
27 Rod McNeill 23 11 0 22 90 1 24 4.1 8.2 2.0 5 64 12.8 0 30 0.5 5.8 154 1 1
38 Bill Butler 24 14 0 21 74 0 10 3.5 5.3 1.5 2 3 1.5 0 2 0.1 0.2 77 0 2
13 Larry Cipa 23 qb 4 2 12 35 1 15 2.9 8.8 3.0 35 1 2
42 Joel Parker 22 WR 14 0 2 2 0 6 1.0 0.1 0.1 41 455 11.1 4 58 2.9 32.5 457 4 0
84 Paul Seal 22 TE 14 0 2 7 1 6 3.5 0.5 0.1 32 466 14.6 3 42 2.3 33.3 473 4 0
12 Bobby Scott 25 qb 5 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.2 0.2 1 0 0
41 Bob Newland 26 WR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 490 18.1 2 79 1.9 35.0 490 2 0
85 John Beasley 29 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 85 17.0 0 30 0.4 6.1 85 0 0
80 Sam Havrilak 27 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 23 23.0 0 23 0.2 3.8 23 0 0
80 Earl McCullouch 28 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.3 1.7 5 0 0
17 Speedy Thomas 27 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 1.0 3.0 3 0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 503 1983 9 66 3.9 141.6 35.9 185 2037 11.0 10 79 13.2 145.5 4020 19 26
Opp Total 14 447 1758 11 3.9 125.6 31.9 193 2039 10.6 17 13.8 145.6 3797 28 37

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Howard Stevens 24 KR/PR 14 0 37 376 0 40 10.2 33 749 0 41 22.7 1396
34 Jess Phillips 27 FB 14 0 7 124 0 27 17.7 735
44 Chris Farasopoulos 25 6 0 3 36 0 18 12.0 36
30 Ernie Jackson 24 LCB 13 0 2 3 0 3 1.5 1 27 0 27 27.0 30
55 Don Coleman 22 14 0 2 13 0 9 6.5 20
58 Joe Federspiel 24 MLB 14 0 2 20 0 12 10.0 20
54 Rick Middleton 23 14 0 2 18 0 11 9.0 18
38 Bill Butler 24 14 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 89
69 Dave Davis 26 7 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
53 Rick Kingrea 25 14 0 1 22 0 22 22.0 22
39 Odell Lawson 26 9 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
27 Rod McNeill 23 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 154
40 Terry Schmidt 22 RCB 9 9 1 23 0 23 23.0 23
29 Mo Spencer 22 5 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -2
Team Total 25.1 14 43 415 0 40 9.7 53 1040 0 41 19.6 5475
Opp Total 14 59 906 2 15.4 40 894 0 22.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. 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
16 Tom Blanchard 26 P 13 0 88 3704 71 0 42.1
19 Bill McClard 25 K 14 0 6 4 4 2 4 1 2 2 16 9 56.3% 20 19 95.0%
15 Donnie Gibbs 29 1 0 3 99 35 0 33.0
Team Total 25.1 14 6 4 4 2 4 1 2 2 16 9 56.3% 20 19 95.0% 91 3803 71 0 41.8
Opp Total 14 17 10 58.8% 34 29 85.3% 77 3272 42.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
22 Howard Stevens 24 KR/PR 14 0 0 7 3 0 0
28 Alvin Maxson 23 RB 14 13 0 4 2 2 0
30 Ernie Jackson 24 LCB 13 0 4 53 0 28 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Terry Schmidt 22 RCB 9 9 4 27 1 24 0 0 0 1 0 0
8 Archie Manning 25 QB 11 11 0 4 0 -9 0
13 Larry Cipa 23 qb 4 2 0 2 1 0 0
15 Donnie Gibbs 29 1 0 0 2 1 0 0
37 Tom Myers 24 FS 12 12 3 43 0 21 0
78 Billy Newsome 26 LDE 13 0 0 0 3 0 0
34 Jess Phillips 27 FB 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
38 Bill Butler 24 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
59 Wayne Colman 28 RLB 14 0 1 17 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Andy Dorris 23 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
58 Joe Federspiel 24 MLB 14 0 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Johnny Fuller 28 SS 12 0 1 16 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Rod McNeill 23 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
82 Bob Pollard 26 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
75 Elex Price 24 LDT 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Paul Seal 22 TE 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
63 Steve Baumgartner 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Don Coleman 22 14 0 0 0 1 7 0
69 Dave Davis 26 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 Chris Farasopoulos 25 6 0 1 14 0 14 0
57 Jim Merlo 23 LLB 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Jerry Moore 25 9 0 1 0 0 0 0
72 Joe Owens 28 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
29 Mo Spencer 22 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 16 179 1 28 0 0 26 29 0 0
Opp Total 14 37 18 37

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
19 Bill McClard 25 K 14 0 19 20 9 16 46
42 Joel Parker 22 WR 14 0 4 4 24
84 Paul Seal 22 TE 14 0 1 3 4 24
28 Alvin Maxson 23 RB 14 13 2 1 3 18
41 Bob Newland 26 WR 14 0 2 2 12
34 Jess Phillips 27 FB 14 0 2 2 12
13 Larry Cipa 23 qb 4 2 1 1 6
8 Archie Manning 25 QB 11 11 1 1 6
27 Rod McNeill 23 11 0 1 1 6
40 Terry Schmidt 22 RCB 9 9 1 1 6
22 Howard Stevens 24 KR/PR 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.1 14 9 10 1 20 19 20 9 16 166
Opp Total 14 11 17 2 1 2 1 29 34 10 17 263

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1974-09-15 SFO L, 13-17 2 4 pass Joel Parker 4 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
2 1974-09-29 ATL W, 14-13 2 13 pass Joel Parker 13 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
3 1974-09-29 ATL W, 14-13 4 8 rush Jess Phillips 8 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
4 1974-10-06 @ CHI L, 10-24 1 8 pass Alvin Maxson 8 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
5 1974-10-13 @ DEN L, 17-33 1 24 interception Terry Schmidt 24 yard interception return (Bill McClard kick)
6 1974-10-13 @ DEN L, 17-33 3 1 rush Rod McNeill 1 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
7 1974-10-20 @ ATL W, 13-3 2 36 pass Paul Seal 36 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Bill McClard kick)
8 1974-10-27 PHI W, 14-10 3 4 rush Archie Manning 4 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
9 1974-10-27 PHI W, 14-10 4 3 rush Jess Phillips 3 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
10 1974-11-03 @ DET L, 14-19 2 30 pass Joel Parker 30 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
11 1974-11-03 @ DET L, 14-19 2 5 rush Howard Stevens 5 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
12 1974-11-17 RAM W, 20-7 2 79 pass Bob Newland 79 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
13 1974-11-17 RAM W, 20-7 3 17 pass Joel Parker 17 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
14 1974-11-25 PIT L, 7-28 3 10 pass Paul Seal 10 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Bill McClard kick)
15 1974-12-01 @ MIN L, 9-29 2 1 rush Alvin Maxson 1 yard rush
16 1974-12-08 STL W, 14-0 1 66 rush Alvin Maxson 66 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
17 1974-12-08 STL W, 14-0 4 6 rush Paul Seal 6 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
18 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 2 1 rush Larry Cipa 1 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
19 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 4 7 pass Paul Seal 7 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Bill McClard kick)
20 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 4 10 pass Bob Newland 10 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Bill McClard kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1974-09-15 SFO L, 13-17 1 3 rush Manfred Moore 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
2 1974-09-15 SFO L, 13-17 4 9 rush Sammy Johnson 9 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
3 1974-09-22 @ RAM L, 0-24 1 1 rush Tony Baker 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
4 1974-09-22 @ RAM L, 0-24 2 30 pass Jack Snow 30 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
5 1974-09-22 @ RAM L, 0-24 4 5 pass Harold Jackson 5 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
6 1974-09-29 ATL W, 14-13 2 72 punt Gerald Tinker 72 yard punt return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
7 1974-10-06 @ CHI L, 10-24 1 11 rush Ken Grandberry 11 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
8 1974-10-06 @ CHI L, 10-24 2 1 rush Gary Huff 1 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
9 1974-10-06 @ CHI L, 10-24 4 39 pass Bo Rather 39 yard pass from Gary Huff (Mirro Roder kick)
10 1974-10-13 @ DEN L, 17-33 1 3 rush Otis Armstrong 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
11 1974-10-13 @ DEN L, 17-33 2 3 pass Riley Odoms 3 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
12 1974-10-13 @ DEN L, 17-33 2 38 interception Bill Thompson 38 yard interception return
13 1974-10-13 @ DEN L, 17-33 2 1 rush Otis Armstrong 1 yard rush
14 1974-10-13 @ DEN L, 17-33 3 43 pass Billy Van Heusen 43 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
15 1974-10-27 PHI W, 14-10 2 5 pass Harold Carmichael 5 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
16 1974-11-03 @ DET L, 14-19 1 5 pass Ron Jessie 5 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)
17 1974-11-03 @ DET L, 14-19 2 78 blocked field goal Levi Johnson 78 yard blocked field goal return
18 1974-11-10 MIA L, 0-21 1 3 pass Jim Mandich 3 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1974-11-10 MIA L, 0-21 1 12 pass Nat Moore 12 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
20 1974-11-10 MIA L, 0-21 2 2 pass Jim Mandich 2 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
21 1974-11-17 RAM W, 20-7 4 15 pass Bob Klein 15 yard pass from James Harris (David Ray kick)
22 1974-11-25 PIT L, 7-28 1 31 pass Frank Lewis 31 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1974-11-25 PIT L, 7-28 2 18 rush Terry Bradshaw 18 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
24 1974-11-25 PIT L, 7-28 3 64 punt Lynn Swann 64 yard punt return (Roy Gerela kick)
25 1974-11-25 PIT L, 7-28 3 1 pass Larry Brown 1 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
26 1974-12-01 @ MIN L, 9-29 1 2 rush Dave Osborn 2 yard rush
27 1974-12-01 @ MIN L, 9-29 2 4 pass Stu Voigt 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
28 1974-12-01 @ MIN L, 9-29 4 13 pass John Gilliam 13 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
29 1974-12-01 @ MIN L, 9-29 4 22 pass John Gilliam 22 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
30 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 1 5 rush Larry Schreiber 5 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
31 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 2 1 rush Larry Schreiber 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
32 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 4 17 pass Gene Washington 17 yard pass from Tom Owen (Bruce Gossett kick)
33 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 4 19 fumble Bill Belk 19 yard fumble return (Bruce Gossett kick)
34 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 4 21 interception Dave Wilcox 21 yard interception return (Bruce Gossett kick)