|2019 New Orleans Saints season|
|Head coach||Sean Payton|
|General manager||Mickey Loomis|
|Home field||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|Division place||1st NFC South|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Vikings) 20-26 (OT)|
The Saints matched their 13-3 record, after losing in the NFC Championship to the Los Angeles Rams, which included a controversial pass interference no-call on the Rams defense, and attempted to make it to the Super Bowl for the first time since Super Bowl XLIV. Despite losing Drew Brees to a thumb injury for Weeks 3 to 7, the Saints went 5-0 in his absence under backup Teddy Bridgewater and won the NFC South for the third consecutive season after beating their division rival Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving night. The Saints matched their record from last year after defeating their divisional rivals Carolina Panthers in week 17, sweeping them for the second time in three seasons, but were not able to secure a first round bye due to a three way tiebreaker with the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers. This was the first time in franchise history the Saints posted back-to-back seasons with 12 or more wins. They hosted the Minnesota Vikings in the wild card round, the fifth meeting between the two teams in the playoffs. However, for the third time in three straight years, the Saints were eliminated in the playoffs, losing 26-20 to the Vikings in overtime.
|QB||Teddy Bridgewater||27||1 year, $7.25 million|
|LB||Craig Robertson||31||2 years, $4.1 million|
|S||Chris Banjo||29||3 years, $6.9 million|
|RT||Michael Ola||30||1 year, $805,000|
|LS||Zach Wood||26||1 year, $645,000|
|LB||Vince Biegel||25||1 year, $645,000|
|CB||Ken Crawley||25||1 year, $2.025 million|
|K||Wil Lutz||24||5 years, $20.25 million|
|C||Cameron Tom||23||1 year, $635,000|
|CB||Justin Hardee||25||1 year, $635,000|
|CB||P. J. Williams||25||1 year, $5 million|
|C/G||Nick Easton||26||Minnesota Vikings||4 years, $22.5 million|
|DT||Malcom Brown||25||New England Patriots||3 years, $15 million|
|RB||Latavius Murray||28||Minnesota Vikings||4 years, $14.4 million|
|DT||Mario Edwards Jr.||24||New York Giants||2 years, $5 million|
|CB||Marcus Sherels||31||Minnesota Vikings||1 year, $1.02 million|
|TE||Jared Cook||31||Oakland Raiders||2 years, $15.5 million|
|DE||Alex Okafor||28||Kansas City Chiefs|
|RB||Mark Ingram||29||Baltimore Ravens|
|WR||Tommylee Lewis||26||Detroit Lions|
|DT||Tyeler Davison||26||Atlanta Falcons|
|TE||Benjamin Watson||38||New England Patriots|
|G||Josh LeRibeus||29||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|SS||Kurt Coleman||30||Buffalo Bills|
|CB||Josh Robinson||28||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|DT||Jay Bromley||26||San Francisco 49ers|
|2019 New Orleans Saints draft|
|2||48||Erik McCoy||C||Texas A&M|
|7||231||Alize Mack||TE||Notre Dame|
|Made roster + Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|1||Minnesota Vikings||L 25-34||0-1||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|2||at Los Angeles Chargers||W 19-17||1-1||Dignity Health Sports Park||Recap|
|3||at New York Jets||W 28-13||2-1||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|4||Miami Dolphins||L 13-16||2-2||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|1||Houston Texans||W 30-28||1-0||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|2||September 15||at Los Angeles Rams||L 9-27||1-1||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Recap|
|3||September 22||at Seattle Seahawks||W 33-27||2-1||CenturyLink Field||Recap|
|4||September 29||Dallas Cowboys||W 12-10||3-1||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|5||October 6||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 31-24||4-1||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|6||October 13||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 13-6||5-1||TIAA Bank Field||Recap|
|7||October 20||at Chicago Bears||W 36-25||6-1||Soldier Field||Recap|
|8||October 27||Arizona Cardinals||W 31-9||7-1||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|10||November 10||Atlanta Falcons||L 9-26||7-2||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|11||November 17||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 34-17||8-2||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|12||November 24||Carolina Panthers||W 34-31||9-2||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|13||November 28||at Atlanta Falcons||W 26-18||10-2||Mercedes-Benz Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 8||San Francisco 49ers||L 46-48||10-3||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|15||Indianapolis Colts||W 34-7||11-3||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|16||December 22||at Tennessee Titans||W 38-28||12-3||Nissan Stadium||Recap|
|17||December 29||at Carolina Panthers||W 42-10||13-3||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
The game was an offensive shootout. The Saints started slow and fell behind 14-3 at halftime. The Saints offense took off in the third quarter and they outscored the Texans 24-7 in the next 29 minutes of the game. With less than one minute to play, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a go-ahead touchdown to wide receiver Kenny Stills; however, the Saints and Brees were able to move the ball down the field and kicker Wil Lutz kicked a 58-yard field goal to lead the team to victory. This was the first time the Saints won their season opener since the 2013 season.
In a rematch of 2018's controversial NFC Championship game, Drew Brees collided with Aaron Donald while attempting to pass; the hit broke Brees' thumb, forcing him out of action for the next five weeks following surgery. In place of the injured Brees, Teddy Bridgewater was held to just 165 yards passing. On defense, Cam Jordan strip sacked Jared Goff and returned a fumble 87 yards for a touchdown, which was controversially overturned.
The loss dropped the Saints to 1-1. After the game, head coach Sean Payton agreed to a five-year contract extension.
In a surprising upset on the road against Seattle without starting quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints led 27-7 going into the fourth quarter thanks to two touchdown passes from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, in addition to touchdowns off a punt return and a fumble recovery. The Seahawks scored 20 points in the final period, but a short touchdown run from Alvin Kamara proved the difference between the two teams, to move the Saints to 2-1 on the season.
The Saints found yet another way to win a game without star quarterback Drew Brees and with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm, as Wil Lutz kicked four field goals. It was the first Saints win since week 8 of the 1998 season to feature no touchdowns.
Bridgewater improved to 3-0 as a starter with a strong performance throwing for 314 yards and four touchdowns. The Saints defense sacked Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston six times in the win.
In a defensive game, both offenses struggled to score as the game was tied 3-3 at halftime and 6-6 at the end of the third quarter. A touchdown pass from Bridgewater to Jared Cook proved to be the difference.
With the win, the Saints improved to 5-1 and Bridgewater improved to 4-0 as a starter. Cook and running back Alvin Kamara suffered injuries during the game.
The Saints dominated the Bears with a strong performance on both sides of the football. Bridgewater threw for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns. Running back Latavius Murray, filling in for an injured Alvin Kamara, rushed for over 100 yards on the ground. The Saints stifled the Bears offense for the majority of the game before giving up two touchdowns in garbage time. The win improved the Saints to 6-1 and Bridgewater to 5-0, setting the stage for Drew Brees's comeback.
With Alvin Kamara still sidelined, Drew Brees returned after missing five weeks following thumb surgery. He threw for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Saints dominated the Cardinals to improve to 7-1.
In a shocking home defeat, the Saints were defeated by the 1-7 Falcons. Drew Brees had a miserable day, being sacked six times by an inspired Falcons pass-rush; the Falcons had recorded just seven prior to this game.
The loss dropped them to 7-2. The Saints were flagged 10 times for 120 yards in the loss.
Brees and the Saints bounced back from the previous week. He threw three touchdowns and 228 yards in the game. The Saints defense intercepted Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston four times, including a pick-six by safety Marcus Williams to ice the game in the fourth quarter. The win improved the Saints to 8-2, and they swept the Buccaneers for the first time since 2014.
The game was close all the way. Both Brees and Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen played well, with three touchdown passes each. After benefiting from a pass interference penalty, the Panthers were set up with a 1st-and-goal at the Saints' 5-yard line, but the Saints defense held strong, and kicker Joey Slye missed a short field goal. Brees quickly moved the Saints down the field and Wil Lutz made the game-winning field goal from 36 yards out.
With the win, the Saints improved to 9-2, ensuring a winning record for the third straight season.
The Saints played an excellent game and got revenge on their division rivals. The Saints defense played one of its best games of the season with 9 sacks of Matt Ryan and forced 3 takeaways. Taysom Hill blocked a punt early, caught a touchdown pass and ran one in from 30 yards out.
With the win, the Saints clinched the NFC South title for the third straight season.
In the NFL's second-highest-scoring game of 2019, Brees and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for a combined 698 yards and nine touchdowns as the two teams traded blows all game long. Brees played his best game of the season with his five touchdowns against one of the league's best pass defenses. Although Brees found Tre'Quan Smith late in the game to take a 46-45 lead, Garoppolo connected with tight end George Kittle who ran past several Saints defenders on one of the iconic plays of the season. This set up Robbie Gould's game winning 30-yard field goal as time expired.
With the loss, the Saints fell to 10-3.
Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes, passing Peyton Manning for most career touchdown passes. His completion percentage of 96.67% set a new record for single-game completion percentage (by a quarterback who attempted more than 10 passes in the game) as the Saints demolished the Colts 34-7, improving to 11-3.
The Saints started the game poorly, falling into an early 14-0 deficit. However, from there they scored 24 unanswered points to take the lead. With the Titans driving and only down 3, Kalif Raymond was tackled by C. J. Gardner-Johnson and lost a fumble; the hit was controversially not flagged.
The Saints improved to 12-3. Michael Thomas broke Marvin Harrison's 18-year record for most receptions in a single season with 145. Alvin Kamara rushed for two touchdowns, his first since Week 3 and bringing his season total to four.
The Saints dominated the Panthers to end their regular season. Kamara rushed for two more touchdowns and Brees threw three against a bad Panthers defense. Linebacker A. J. Klein intercepted an errant pass by Panthers quarterback Will Grier and returned it for a 14-yard pick-six.
|(3)New Orleans Saints||13||3||0||.813||5-1||9-3||458||341||W3|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||9||0||.438||2-4||5-7||458||449||L2|
|1[a]||San Francisco 49ers||West||13||3||0||.813||5-1||10-2||.504||.466||W2|
|2[a][b]||Green Bay Packers||North||13||3||0||.813||6-0||10-2||.453||.428||W5|
|3[a][b]||New Orleans Saints||South||13||3||0||.813||5-1||9-3||.486||.459||W3|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|7||Los Angeles Rams||West||9||7||0||.563||3-3||7-5||.535||.438||W1|
|11[d]||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||7||9||0||.438||2-4||5-7||.500||.384||L2|
|14||New York Giants||East||4||12||0||.250||2-4||3-9||.473||.281||L1|
|Wild Card||January 5, 2020||Minnesota Vikings (6)||L 20-26 (OT)||0-1||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
With this loss, the Saints suffered their first one-and-done postseason campaign since 2010, their sixth straight playoff loss by one score, their second straight overtime playoff loss and became the first-ever 13-3 team to lose in the Wild Card round.