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Biggest blown leads by the New Orleans Saints

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May 5, 2022
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Biggest blown leads by the New Orleans Saints

When the Cincinnati Bengals blew a 4-point lead over the Los Angeles Rams with 1:25 left in the 2022 Super Bowl, crushing though it was for Cincy fans, it fell far short of the biggest blown lead in Super Bowl history. That dubious honor falls to the 25-point margin the Atlanta Falcons gave up to the New England Patriots five years earlier. Nor did it come close to the record 32-point blown lead in one particular 1993 NFL playoff game. (Is that one on this list? You bet it is.)

Any time your favorite team blows a lead, it’s heartbreaking. On the flip side, nothing is more thrilling than seeing your squad come back from a seemingly insurmountable deficit to take the win. Every football fan has certainly been on both sides of that equation, but it’s those blown leads, those wasted advantages, that linger in the heart and mind and draw up calls for tougher effort and smarter play-calling in post-game press conferences.

To that end, OLBG researched details on the biggest blown lead by the New Orleans Saints and ranked them by just how crushing the comeback was. In the case of a tie, rank was awarded to the most recent game.

The 2022 Super Bowl stung and astounded in equal measure. As a very recent example of the kind of roughshod, take-it-in-the-teeth result every team in the league has faced, for good or ill, its memory serves as a good appetizer to this list of each team’s worst (or best, depending on your allegiance) day.

Keep reading to find out your team’s biggest blown leads, or see the list for every NFL team here.

#5. New Orleans Saints vs. Kansas City Chiefs (9/23/2012)
- Blown lead: 18
- Final score: Kansas City Chiefs 27, New Orleans Saints 24

#4. New Orleans Saints vs. Oakland Raiders (12/3/1979)
- Blown lead: 21
- Final score: Oakland Raiders 42, New Orleans Saints 35

#3. New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys (10/21/1984)
- Blown lead: 21
- Final score: Dallas Cowboys 30, New Orleans Saints 27

#2. New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers (9/17/1989)
- Blown lead: 21
- Final score: Green Bay Packers 35, New Orleans Saints 34

#1. New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers (12/7/1980)
- Blown lead: 28
- Final score: San Francisco 49ers 38, New Orleans Saints 35

This story originally appeared on OLBG and was produced and distributed in partnership with Stacker Studio.

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