|Owner John W. Mecom, Jr.|
Division place 4th NFC West
Start date 1971
General manager Vic Schwenk
Playoff finish did not qualify
Head coach J. D. Roberts
Home field Tulane Stadium
|Similar 1970 New Orleans Saints se, 1971 New England Patriots s, 1971 Kansas City Chief, 1969 New Orleans Saints se, 1973 New Orleans Saints se|
The 1971 New Orleans Saints season was the Saints fifth season. The Saints drafted Archie Manning with their first round pick, the second overall.
Manning led the Saints to their first opening day victory in franchise history, scoring a touchdown run on a rollout on the final play of a 24–20 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans' first over Los Angeles following four consecutive losses, including the Saints' inaugural game in 1967. Four weeks later, Manning engineered a 24–14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, who would return to Tulane Stadium in January and win Super Bowl VI over the Miami Dolphins.
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.