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2011 New Orleans Saints season
Head Coach Sean Payton
Home Field Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Results
Record 12–3
Place 1st NFC South
Playoff Finish TBD
Pro Bowlers 5
Timeline
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The 2011 New Orleans Saints season is the franchise's 45th season in the National Football League, the 36th to host home games at the Louisiana Superdome and the sixth under head coach Sean Payton. During Week 16, Drew Brees broke the single season passing yardage record set by Dan Marino.

OffseasonEdit

2011 draft boardEdit

Round Selection Player Position College
1 24 Cameron Jordan DE California
28 [a] Mark Ingram RB Alabama
3 72 [b] Martez Wilson LB Illinois
88 Johnny Patrick CB Louisville
7 226 Greg Romeus DE Pittsburgh
243 [e] Nate Bussey LB Illinois
^[a] The Saints acquired this first-round selection in exchange for its second-round selection (#56 overall) and a 2012 first-round selection.
^[b] The Saints acquired this third-round selection and a conditional 2012 sixth-round selection in a trade that sent OT Jammal Brown and a 2011 fifth-round selection (#155 overall) to the Washington Redskins.
^[c] The Saints traded its fourth-round selection (#121 overall) to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 2010 fifth-round selection.
^[d] The Saints traded its sixth-round selection (#189 overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for TE David Thomas.
^[e] Compensatory selection.

PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Saints' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 12 San Francisco W 24–3 1–0 Louisiana Superdome Recap
2 August 20 at Houston L 14–27 1–1 Reliant Stadium Recap
3 August 28 at Oakland W 40–20 2–1 O.co Coliseum Recap
4 September 1 Tennessee L 9–32 2–2 Louisiana Superdome Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Score Record
1 September 8 at Green Bay L 34–42 0–1 Lambeau Field Recap
2 September 18 Chicago W 30–13 1–1 Louisiana Superdome Recap
3 September 25 Houston W 40–33 2–1 Louisiana Superdome Recap
4 October 2 at Jacksonville W 23–10 3–1 EverBank Field Recap
5 October 9 at Carolina W 30–27 4–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at Tampa Bay L 20–26 4–2 Raymond James Stadium Recap
7 October 23 Indianapolis W 62–7 5–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
8 October 30 at St. Louis L 21–31 5–3 Edward Jones Dome Recap
9 November 6 Tampa Bay W 27–16 6–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
10 November 13 at Atlanta W 26–23 (OT) 7–3 Georgia Dome Recap
11 Bye week
12 November 28 New York Giants W 49–24 8–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
13 December 4 Detroit W 31–17 9–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
14 December 11 at Tennessee W 22–17 10–3 LP Field Recap
15 December 18 at Minnesota W 42–20 11–3 Metrodome Recap
16 December 26 Atlanta W 45–16 12–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
17 January 1 Carolina Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week One: New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 10 10 7 34
Packers 21 7 7 7 42

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
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First quarter
  • GB – Greg Jennings 20-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 10:12. Packers 7–0. Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 4:52.
  • GB – Jordy Nelson 20-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 6:29. Packers 14–0. Drive: 6 plays, 36 yards, 3:05.
  • NO – Robert Meachem 31-yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay kick), 3:37. Packers 14–7. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:53.
  • GB – Randall Cobb 32-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 0:19. Packers 21–7. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:20.
Second quarter
  • NO – John Kasay 30-yard field goal, 9:44. Packers 21–10. Drive: 14 plays, 71 yards, 5:27.
  • NO - Darren Sproles 72 yard punt return (John Kasay kick), 8:55 Packers 21-17.
  • GB – James Starks 1-yard run (John Kasay kick), 2:05. Packers 28–17. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 6:38.
Third quarter
  • NO – John Kasay 38-yard field goal, 9:44. Packers 28–20, 8:45. Drive: 14 plays, 60 yards, 6:20.
  • GB - Randall Cobb 108 yard kickoff return (Mason Crosby kick) Packers 35-20.
  • NO – Devery Henderson 29-yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay kick), 7:00. Packers 35–27. Drive: 3 plays, 46 yards, 1:32.
Fourth quarter
  • GB - John Kuhn 1 yard run (Mason Crosby kick), 11:52 Packers 42-27, Drive: 12 plays, 93 yards, 6:12.
  • NO – Jimmy Graham 5-yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay kick), 2:20. Packers 35–27. Drive: 12 plays, 76 yards, 3:20.

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The Saints (champions of Super Bowl XLIV) began their 2011 campaign at Lambeau Field, taking on the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the annual NFL Kickoff Game. New Orleans trailed early in the first quarter as Packers QB Aaron Rodgers completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Jennings. The Saints answered with quarterback Drew Brees finding wide receiver Robert Meachem on a 31-yard touchdown pass, but Green Bay struck back with Rodgers completing a 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randall Cobb. New Orleans clawed their way back into the game in the second quarter with a 30-yard field goal from kicker John Kasay, followed by running back Darren Sproles returning a punt 72 yards for a touchdown. However, the Packers came right back with running back James Starks getting a 17-yard touchdown run.

The Saints led off the third quarter with Kasay's 38-yard field goal, but Green Bay replied with Cobb returning a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. Afterwards, New Orleans kept fighting as Brees connected with wide receiver Devery Henderson on a 29-yard touchdown pass. In the fourth quarter, the Packers replied with fullback John Kuhn getting a 1-yard touchdown run. New Orleans tried to rally as Brees found tight end Jimmy Graham on a 5-yard touchdown pass, but Green Bay's defense held stuffing a potentially game tying Ingram run on the 1 yard line on the last play of the game to preserve the win.

With the loss, the Saints began their season at 0-1.

Week 2: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Two: Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 3 3 0 13
Saints 3 13 7 7 30

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,019
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
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Second quarter
  • NO - Devery Henderson 79 yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasey kick), Saints 10-7
  • NO - John Kasay 29-yard field goal, Saints 13-7
  • NO - John Kasay 53-yard field goal, Saints 16-7
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 42-yard field goal, Saints 16-10
Third quarter
  • CHI - Robbie Gould 38-yard field goal, Saints 16-13
  • NO - Robert Meachem 4-yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay kick), Saints 23-13
Fourth quarter
  • NO - Darren Sproles 12-yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay kick), Saints 30-13

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Leading Passers
  • CHI - Jay Cutler 19/45, 244 yards, 1 touchdown
  • NO - Drew Brees 26/37, 270 yards, 3 touchdowns
Leading Rushers
Leading Receivers
  • CHI - Matt Forte 10 receptions, 117 yards
  • NO - Darren Sproles 8 receptions, 43 yards
Leading Tacklers

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Week 3: vs. Houston TexansEdit

Week Three: Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 10 6 3 14 33
Saints 0 10 7 23 40

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
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First quarter
  • HOU - Owen Daniels 14-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick) Texans 7-0
  • HOU - Neil Rackers 22-yard field goal is good Texans 10-0
Second quarter
  • NO - Darren Sproles 30-yard run (John Kasey kick) Saints 7-10
  • HOU - Neil Rackers 27-yard field goal is good Texans 13-7
  • HOU - Neil Rackers 27-yard field goal is good Texans 16-7
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

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Top passers
  • HOU –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • HOU –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • HOU –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • HOU –
  • NO –

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Week 4: at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Four: New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 7 6 3 23
Jaguars 0 10 0 0 10

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 71° F, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 62,471
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen and Chad Pennington
Game information
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Week 5: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Five: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 10 10 3 7 30
Panthers 6 7 7 7 27

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 68° F, Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 72,679
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton and John Lynch
Game information
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Top passers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • CAR –

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Week 6: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Six: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 3 3 7 20
Buccaneers 3 17 3 3 26

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 4:15 p.m. EDT/3:15 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 84° F, Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 56,590
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts and Jim Mora
Game information
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Fourth quarter

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Top passers
  • NO –
  • TB –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • TB –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • TB –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • TB –

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Week 7: vs. Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Seven: Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 0 0 7
Saints 21 13 14 14 62

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 7:20 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,012
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Game information
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First quarter 21
Second quarter
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Top passers
  • IND – Curtis Painter 9/17, 67 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • NO – Drew Brees 31/35, 325 yards, 5 touchdowns
Top rushers
  • IND – Delone Carter 10 rushes, 89 yards, 1 touchdown
  • NO – Mark Ingram 14 rushes, 91 yards, 0 touchdowns
Top receivers
  • IND – Reggie Wayne 3 receptions, 36 yds, 0 touchdowns
  • NO – Marques Colston 7 receptions, 98 yds, 2 touchdowns
Top tacklers
  • IND – Antoine Bethea 7 tackles, 4 assists
  • NO – Jonathan Casillas 2 tackles, 3 assists, 1 sack

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Week 8: at St. Louis RamsEdit

Week Eight: New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 0 7 14 21
Rams 0 17 7 7 31

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 57,179
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers and Tim Ryan
Game information
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Third quarter
Fourth quarter

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Top passers
  • NO –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • STL –

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Week 9: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Nine: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 3 3 10 16
Saints 7 10 7 3 27

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,043
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton and John Lynch
Game information
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Fourth quarter

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Top passers
  • TB –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • TB –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • TB –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • TB –
  • NO –

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Week 10: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Ten: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 7 7 6 26
Falcons 3 3 7 10 23

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
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Top passers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • ATL –

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Week 12: vs. New York GiantsEdit

Week Twelve: New York Giants at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 3 7 14 24
Saints 0 21 14 14 49

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
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Top passers
  • NYG –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • NYG –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • NYG –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • NYG –
  • NO –

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Week 13: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week Thirteen: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 7 10 0 17
Saints 3 21 0 7 31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
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First quarter
  • NO - John Kasay 39 yard field goal, Saints 3–0, Drive: 13 plays, 37 yards, 5:08.
Second quarter
  • NO - Mark Ingram, Jr. 14 yard run (John Kasay kick), Saints 10–0, Drive: 9 plays, 93 yards, 4:08.
  • NO - Robert Meachem 67 yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay kick), Saints 17–0, Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:17.
  • DET - Kevin Smith 2 yard run (Jason Hanson kick), Saints 17–7, Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:35.
  • NO - Lance Moore 20 yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay kick), Saints 24–7, Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 1:53.
Third quarter
  • DET - Jason Hanson 31 yard field goal, Saints 24–10, Drive: 11 plays, 86 yards, 5:27.
  • DET - Maurice Morris 9 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Saints 24–17, Drive: 9 plays, 92 yards, 5:30.
Fourth quarter
  • NO - Darren Sproles 6 yard pass from Drew Brees (John Kasay kick), Saints 31–17, Drive: 7 plays, 55 yards, 2:49.

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Top passers
  • DET - Matthew Stafford - 31/44, 408 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • NO - Drew Brees -26/36, 342 yards, 3 touchdowns
Top rushers
  • DET - Kevin Smith - 6 carries, 34 yards, 1 touchdown
  • NO - Mark Ingram, Jr. - 16 carries, 34 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
  • DET - Nate Burleson - 5 receptions, 93 yards
  • NO - Robert Meachem - 3 receptions, 119 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers
  • DET - Amari Speivey - 9 tackles, 1 assist
  • NO - Jonathan Vilma - 6 tackles, 1 assist

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Week 14: at Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Fourteen: New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 3 3 13 22
Titans 0 3 7 7 17

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 41° F, Sunny and cool
  • Game attendance: 69,143
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, & Pam Oliver
Game information
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Top passers
  • NO –
  • TEN –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • TEN –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • TEN –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • TEN –

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Week 15: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Fifteen: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 14 14 7 42
Vikings 3 10 0 7 20

at Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,623
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
Game information
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Top passers
  • NO –
  • MIN –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • MIN –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • MIN –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • MIN –

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Week 16: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 10 0 3 3 16
Saints 7 14 10 14 45

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
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Week 17: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

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

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: January 1
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, & Pam Oliver
Game information
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Top passers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • NO –

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StandingsEdit

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PostseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

By virtue of winning the NFC South division title, the Saints will host a playoff game in either the Wild Card round or the Divisional round.

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
TBD TBD TBD Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Current staffEdit

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Current rosterEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

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