1970 New Orleans Saints Season
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1970 New Orleans Saints Season
1970 New Orleans Saints season
OwnerJohn W. Mecom, Jr.
Head coachTom Fears and J. D. Roberts
General managerVic Schwenk
Home fieldTulane Stadium
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersNone

The 1970 New Orleans Saints season was the team's fourth as a member of the National Football League. After spending their first three seasons in the NFL's Eastern Conference, the Saints moved in 1970 to the West Division of the new National Football Conference. They failed to improve on their previous season's output winning only two games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

Following a 1-5-1 start, coach Tom Fears was fired by owner John W. Mecom Jr. and replaced by J.D. Roberts, whose first game was a victory over the Detroit Lions at Tulane Stadium in which Tom Dempsey set an NFL record with a 63-yard field goal on the final play; it broke the record held by Bert Rechichar of the Baltimore Colts by seven yards, set seventeen years Dempsey's record was tied by three: Jason Elam (Denver Broncos, 1998), Sebastian Janikowski (Oakland Raiders, 2011), and David Akers (San Francisco 49ers, 2012). broken by Matt Prater of the Broncos in 2013, at 64 yards at elevation in Colorado.

The victory over the Lions was last of the season for the Saints, but both victories came over teams in the thick of the NFC playoff race. The other, a triumph over the New York Giants in week three, cost the Giants the NFC East division championship. The Lions qualified for the playoffs as the wild card from the NFC, but were nearly forced into a coin toss with the Dallas Cowboys, a situation which was only averted when the Giants lost their season finale to the Los Angeles Rams.


NFL draft

1970 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 10 Ken Burrough *  Wide receiver Texas Southern
3 62 Clovis Swinney  Defensive tackle Arkansas State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career







Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 Atlanta Falcons L 14-3
2 September 27, 1970 at Minnesota Vikings L 26-0
3 October 4, 1970 New York Giants W 14-10
4 October 11, 1970 at St. Louis Cardinals L 24-17
5 October 18, 1970 at San Francisco 49ers T 20-20
6 October 25, 1970 at Atlanta Falcons L 32-14
7 November 1, 1970 Los Angeles Rams L 30-17
8 November 8, 1970 Detroit Lions W 19-17
9 November 15, 1970 at Miami Dolphins L 21-10
10 November 22, 1970 Denver Broncos L 31-6
11 November 29, 1970 at Cincinnati Bengals L 26-6
12 December 6, 1970 at Los Angeles Rams L 34-16
13 December 13, 1970 San Francisco 49ers L 38-27
14 December 20, 1970 Chicago Bears L 24-3


NFC West
San Francisco 49ers 10 3 1 .769 3-2-1 6-3-1 352 267 W3
Los Angeles Rams 9 4 1 .692 4-1-1 7-3-1 325 202 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 8 2 .333 3-2-1 3-6-2 206 261 L1
New Orleans Saints 2 11 1 .154 0-5-1 2-8-1 172 347 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


Al Wester of WWL Radio describes Tom Dempsey's 63-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions.

Here's the snap. The ball is down. Dempsey's kick is on the way. And...it is good! It's good! It's good! The Saints have won! The Saints have won! The stadium is wild. Dempsey is being mobbed. The time has run out, and the Saints have won, 19-17! Dempsey with a 63-yard field goal! The longest field goal in the history of the National League!

Don Criqui describing the same play for CBS:

He's trying a 63-yard field goal. Not only will Tom Dempsey if he hits this one--he has a very slight wind at his back--he'll set a National Football League record, in addition to winning the game. (Dempsey kicks) I don't believe this..."IT'S GOOD! I DON'T BELIEVE IT! THE FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT WAS GOOD FROM 63 YARDS AWAY! It's the incredible! Tulane Stadium has gone wild! A 63-yard field goal!


  1. ^ 1970 New Orleans Saints
  2. ^ "Dempsey's 63 yard FG jolts Lions". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. November 9, 1970. p. 1, part 2.
  3. ^ "Colts jolt Bears, 13-9, get record 56-yard field goal". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. September 28, 1953. p. 2, part 2.
  4. ^ "1970 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012.

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