2013 New Orleans Saints season
OwnerTom Benson
General managerMickey Loomis
Head coachSean Payton
Offensive coordinatorPete Carmichael Jr.
Defensive coordinatorRob Ryan
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 2013 season was the New Orleans Saints' 47th in the National Football League and their 38th playing home 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.

The Saints improved their 7–9 record from last season, going 11–5 and making the playoffs as the sixth 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.

Offseason

Signings

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-Signings

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

Departures

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 class

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft

2013 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 15 Kenny Vaccaro  Safety Texas
3 75 Terron Armstead *  Offensive tackle Arkansas–Pine Bluff
3 82 John Jenkins  Defensive tackle Georgia
5 144 Kenny Stills  Wide receiver Oklahoma
6 183 Rufus Johnson  Defensive end Tarleton State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

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.

Staff

2013 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner/chairman – Tom Benson
  • Owner/vice chairman – Rita Benson LeBlanc
  • President – Dennis Lauscha
  • Executive vice president/general manager – Mickey Loomis
  • Director of football administration – Khai Harley
  • Director of player personnel – Ryan Pace
  • Director of pro scouting – Terry Fontenot
  • Director of college scouting – Rick Reiprish
  • Assistant director of college scouting – Brian Adams

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – Rob Ryan
  • Defensive line – Bill Johnson
  • Secondary – Wesley McGriff
  • Assistant secondary – Andre Curtis
  • Defensive assistant – Marcus Ungaro
  • Defensive assistant/linebackers – Brian Young

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams coordinator – Greg McMahon
  • Assistant special teams – Stan Kwan

Strength and conditioning

  • Head strength and conditioning – Dan Dalrymple
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Charles Byrd
  • Weight room assistant – Robert Wenning

Final roster

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

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue 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 season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue 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.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Atlanta Falcons

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

Game information

With the win against Atlanta, the Saints began their season to 1-0.

Week 2: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

Coming off a Week 1 win against Atlanta, the Saints face the Buccaneers. The Saints, however, had a close win against Tampa Bay, thus improving them to 2-0.

Week 3: vs. Arizona Cardinals

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

After a 2-0 start, they face the Cardinals. With a destruction win of 31-7, they improve to 3-0.


Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins

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

They face the Dolphins at home. With the victory, they improve to 4-0.

Week 5: at Chicago Bears

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

With the win at Chicago, they improve to 5-0. This was the second time the Saints beat the Bears.

Week 6: at New England Patriots

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

The Saints meet the Patriots on the road. With a close loss, the Saints drop to 5-1, thus stopping their 5-game win streak.

Week 8: vs. Buffalo Bills

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

Coming off a loss to New England on the road, they face the Bills at home. With the win, they improve to 6-1.

Week 9: at New York Jets

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

Coming off with the win against Buffalo, they face the Jets on the road. Because of Demario Davis being their linebacker for New York (who eventually came to New Orleans in 2018), the Saints would lose this game, thus making their record 6-2.

Week 10: vs. Dallas Cowboys

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

The Saints would beat the Cowboys at home in the Superdome. This improves their record to 7-2.


Week 11: vs. San Francisco 49ers

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

The Saints eventually beat the defending NFC Champions, San Francisco 49ers. With the victory, they improve to 8-2.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

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

The Saints beat the Falcons on the road. This not only brought the Saints' record to 9-2, but they also sweep the Falcons for the first time since the 2011 season.

Week 13: at Seattle Seahawks

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

The Saints meet the Seahawks on the road. Because of Russell Wilson and his Super Bowl-bound team, the Saints were destroyed. This brought their record down to 9-3.


Week 14: vs. Carolina Panthers

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

The Saints would beat the Panthers 31-13, thus improving to 10-3.


Week 15: at St. Louis Rams

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

The Saints meet the Rams on the road. The Rams, however, were able to hold onto their victory. The Saints drop to 10-4.


Week 16: at Carolina Panthers

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

At Bank of America Stadium, the Saints meet the Panthers again. The Saints fall to a close loss by 4 points. This drops their record to 10–5. This loss cost the Saints clinching a playoff berth, the NFC South, and a first-round bye. In addition, the Panthers moved ahead of the Saints in the NFC South.

Week 17: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

The Saints were able to sweep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the second straight season with the victory. They not only finish the season with 11-5, but they also become the visitors for the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Standings

Division

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

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division winners
1 Seattle Seahawks West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 .490 .445 W1
2 Carolina Panthers South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 .494 .451 W3
3 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .453 .391 W2
4 Green Bay Packers North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 .453 .371 W1
Wild cards
5 San Francisco 49ers West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 .494 .414 W6
6 New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .516 .455 W1
Did not qualify for the postseason
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 .531 .444 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 .465 .469 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 .484 .363 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .520 .366 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .457 .402 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 .551 .446 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 .512 .450 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .553 .313 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 .574 .391 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .188 0–6 1–11 .516 .438 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.

Postseason

Schedule

Main article: 2013–14 NFL playoffs

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 summaries

NFC Wild Card Round: at #3 Philadelphia Eagles

NFC Wild Card Round: #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

For the first time since the 2006 Season, the Saints meet the Eagles in the playoffs. However, the Eagles were hosting them in their home stadium. At the end of the game, the Saints were trailing by 1 point, but Shayne Graham's field goal got them in the lead by 2 points and won the game.

NFC Divisional Round: at #1 Seattle Seahawks

NFC Divisional Round: #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

The Saints meet the Seahawks again in the playoffs. This unfortunately made the Seahawks the winners and they advance to the NFC Championship, thus making the Saints surrender in this game. The Saints also finish the season with a 12-6 record.

References

  1. ^ "1947 Green Bay Packers Draftees". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 8, 2013.