2015 New Orleans Saints Season
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2015 New Orleans Saints Season
2015 New Orleans Saints season
OwnerTom Benson
Head coachSean Payton
General managerMickey Loomis
Home fieldMercedes-Benz Superdome
Division place3rd NFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersCameron Jordan (DE)
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The 2015 season was the New Orleans Saints' 49th in the National Football League, their 40th playing home games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and their ninth under head coach Sean Payton. On November 16, 2015, the Saints hired Dennis Allen to replace fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. However, the Saints still missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Saints set a new league record for the most passing touchdowns allowed with 45.

2015 draft class



Final roster



Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 August 13 at Baltimore Ravens L 27-30 0-1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
2 August 22 New England Patriots L 24-26 0-2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
3 August 30 Houston Texans L 13-27 0-3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 September 3 at Green Bay Packers L 10-38 0-4 Lambeau Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 13 at Arizona Cardinals L 19-31 0-1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 September 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 19-26 0-2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
3 September 27 at Carolina Panthers L 22-27 0-3 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 October 4 Dallas Cowboys W 26-20 (OT) 1-3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
5 October 11 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17-39 1-4 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
6 October 15 Atlanta Falcons W 31-21 2-4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
7 October 25 at Indianapolis Colts W 27-21 3-4 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
8 November 1 New York Giants W 52-49 4-4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 8 Tennessee Titans L 28-34 (OT) 4-5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
10 November 15 at Washington Redskins L 14-47 4-6 FedExField Recap
11 Bye
12 November 29 at Houston Texans L 6-24 4-7 NRG Stadium Recap
13 December 6 Carolina Panthers L 38-41 4-8 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
14 December 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24-17 5-8 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 21 Detroit Lions L 27-35 5-9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
16 December 27 Jacksonville Jaguars W 38-27 6-9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
17 January 3 at Atlanta Falcons W 20-17 7-9 Georgia Dome Recap

Game summaries

Week 1: at Arizona Cardinals

With the loss, the Saints began 0-1.

Week 2: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hoping to avoid an 0-2 start the Saints met Tampa Bay, led by new quarterback Jameis Winston.

The defense struggled to stop Winston as his heroics stunned New Orleans' home crowd.

Drew Brees left the game with an injured shoulder. The Saints wound up losing the game, 26-19.

Week 3: at Carolina Panthers

This game marked the first game Drew Brees missed as a Saint due to injury. Luke McCown, playing in relief of Brees, played well, throwing for 310 yards, before trying to hit Brandin Cooks in the end zone with roughly a minute left in the game. Josh Norman made a diving interception to seal the Panthers win and the Saints 0-3 start.

Week 4: vs. Dallas Cowboys

In overtime, Drew Brees, who returned from an injured shoulder, nailed an 80-yard pass to C. J. Spiller for the game-winning touchdown. Brees now has 400 career touchdown passes. It was also the fastest regular season overtime in NFL history, with only 13 seconds being played before the touchdown.

This win would make the Lions the only winless team.

Week 5: at Philadelphia Eagles

The Saints returned to Philadelphia for their first meeting with the Eagles since their last second victory in the 2013 playoffs, but the Eagles would get their revenge in a blowout. With the loss, the Saints fell to 1-4.

Week 6: vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Saints would upset the undefeated Falcons on Thursday Night Football. With the win, the Saints improved to 2-4.

Week 7: at Indianapolis Colts

In a Super Bowl rematch between the teams, the Saints would lead 27-0 at one point. Indianapolis would make it 27-21, but New Orleans would hold on for the win. With the win, the Saints improved to 3-4.

Week 8: vs. New York Giants

In a battle of passing offenses, Drew Brees threw a career-high 7 touchdown passes. The game was tied 49-49 late in the fourth quarter and the Saints returned a punt for 50 yards, good for the game-winning field goal to seal the Saints 52-49 victory.

Week 9: vs. Tennessee Titans

New Orleans would lead 28-20 with 7 minutes left, but the Titans would go down the field to tie it at 28. The Titans would then win the game after Marcus Mariota won it with a touchdown to Anthony Fasano.

With the loss, the Saints fell to 4-5.

Week 10: at Washington Redskins

Traveling to Washington to take on the Redskins, Drew Brees and the Saints suffered a moment of embarrassment as they would go on to be blown out 47-14. Kirk Cousins threw a career-high four touchdowns in the blowout.

A day after, the Saints fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, replacing him with Dennis Allen, who would take over for Ryan for the remainder of the season.

Week 12: at Houston Texans

The Week 12 clash against the Houston Texans would be no better than how the previous game unfolded, with the Saints offense being held to only two field goals (failing to score a touchdown for the first time since Christmas Eve 2005) and Brees failing to throw a touchdown pass the entire game, snapping his 45 game streak of doing so.

With the loss, the Saints fell to 4-6.

Week 13: vs. Carolina Panthers

The Saints made history in this game, becoming the first team in NFL history to block an extra point and return it for two points under new NFL rules that took effect that season (prior to this season, NFL rules did not allow players to return a blocked extra point). Saints rookie Stephone Anthony was the one who returned it, with Kevin Williams blocking it. The Saints, unfortunately, would eventually lose in a shootout and dropped their record to 4-8.

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The highlight of the game was Drew Brees passing Dan Marino for 4th on the league's all-time passing touchdowns list.

Week 15: vs. Detroit Lions

With the loss, the Saints fell to 5-9.

Week 16: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

With the win, the Saints improved to 6-9.

Week 17: at Atlanta Falcons

With the win, the Saints ended their season 7-9 for the second straight season.



NFC South
(1) Carolina Panthers 15 1 0 .938 5-1 11-1 500 308 W1
Atlanta Falcons 8 8 0 .500 1-5 5-7 339 345 L1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3-3 5-7 408 476 W2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 3-3 5-7 342 417 L4


Division Leaders
1 Carolina Panthers South 15 1 0 .938 5-1 11-1 .441 .438 W1
2 Arizona Cardinals West 13 3 0 .813 4-2 10-2 .477 .457 L1
3 Minnesota Vikings North 11 5 0 .688 5-1 8-4 .504 .449 W3
4 Washington Redskins East 9 7 0 .563 4-2 8-4 .465 .403 W4
Wild Cards
5[a] Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5 .531 .450 L2
6[a] Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3-3 7-5 .520 .431 W1
Did not qualify for the postseason
7 Atlanta Falcons South 8 8 0 .500 1-5 5-7 .480 .453 L1
8[b] St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 4-2 6-6 .527 .482 L1
9[b] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 .535 .429 W3
10[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 3-3 4-8 .508 .473 W1
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3-3 5-7 .504 .402 W2
12[c] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2-4 4-8 .500 .396 L3
13[c] Chicago Bears North 6 10 0 .375 1-5 3-9 .547 .469 L1
14[c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 6 10 0 .375 3-3 5-7 .484 .406 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 5 11 0 .313 1-5 4-8 .539 .463 W1
16 Dallas Cowboys East 4 12 0 .250 3-3 3-9 .531 .438 L4
  1. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Seattle based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c d St. Louis and Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on conference record. St. Louis finished ahead of Detroit based on head-to-head victory.
    Detroit finished ahead of Philadelphia and New Orleans based on head-to-head sweep, while Philadelphia finished ahead of New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c The New York Giants and Chicago each finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on head-to-head victory, while the Giants finished ahead of Chicago based on conference record.
  4. ^ 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.


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