1991 New Orleans Saints season

1991 New Orleans Saints season

1991 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Jim Mora
General manager Jim Finks
Owner Tom Benson
Home field Louisiana Superdome
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Lost NFC Wild Card
Timeline
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The 1991 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 25th season in the National Football League. The Saints won their first-ever division title, and reached the postseason for the second consecutive year.

The 1991 Saints had 48 defensive takeaways, tied for the most for any team in a single season in the 1990s.[1] Statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that the 1991 Saints had the second-best defense in the NFL (behind the Philadelphia Eagles), and one of the top-ten defenses of all time, in terms of efficiency.[2] "The Saints of course were led by their linebackers," says Football Outsiders, "with Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Pat Swilling all making the Pro Bowl and Rickey Jackson being awesome without getting a trip to Hawaii. It wasn't really the easiest year to find space on the NFC Pro Bowl defense, was it?"

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
1

Personnel

Staff

[3]

Roster

[3]

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 1, 1991 Seattle Seahawks W 27-24 1-0
68,492
2 September 8, 1991 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17-10 2-0
74,816
3 September 15, 1991 Los Angeles Rams W 24-7 3-0
68,583
4 September 22, 1991 Minnesota Vikings W 26-0 4-0
68,591
5 September 29, 1991 at Atlanta Falcons W 27-6 5-0
56,556
6 Bye
7 October 13, 1991 at Philadelphia Eagles W 13-6 6-0
64,224
8 October 20, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23-7 7-0
68,591
9 October 27, 1991 Chicago Bears L 20-17 7-1
68,591
10 November 3, 1991 at Los Angeles Rams W 24-17 8-1
58,713
11 November 10, 1991 San Francisco 49ers W 10-3 9-1
68,591
12 November 17, 1991 at San Diego Chargers L 24-21 9-2
48,420
13 November 24, 1991 Atlanta Falcons L 23-20 9-3
68,591
14 December 1, 1991 at San Francisco 49ers L 38-24 9-4
62,092
15 December 8, 1991 at Dallas Cowboys L 23-14 9-5
64,530
16 December 16, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders W 27-0 10-5
68,625
17 December 22, 1991 at Phoenix Cardinals W 27-3 11-5
30,928

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 December 28, 1991 Atlanta Falcons L 27-20
68,794

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 341 211
Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 361 338
San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 393 239
Los Angeles Rams 3 13 0 .188 234 390

Playoffs

NFC Wild Card Game

Atlanta Falcons 27, New Orleans Saints 20
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 10 71027
Saints 7 6 0720

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Falcons quarterback Chris Miller completed the game-winning 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Haynes with 2:41 left in the contest. Miller completed 18 out of 30 passes for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Awards and records

  • Pat Swilling, NFL Defensive Player of the Year
  • Led NFL, Fewest Points Allowed, 211 points [4]

Milestones

References

External links

  • Saints on Pro Football Reference
  • Saints on jt-sw.com