The New Orleans Saints came into the National Football League in the late 1960’s and have had an up and down history over the years. The NFL didn’t start overtime games until the early 1970’s and most overtime games end with field goals. Occasionally though, games that go into overtime are ended with a touchdown. Through 2009, the New Orleans Saints have only scored two overtime touchdowns in their history.
The first one came in 1998 in a September game against the Indianapolis Colts. The score was 13-13 after regulation play when Saints quarterback Danny Wuerffel hooked up with tight end Cam Cleeland for a 33 yard touchdown pass in overtime. Up to that point the Colts Peyton Manning had thrown for more than 300 yards while Wuerffel had passed for only 120 yards. Despite this, the Saints would come out on top that day by the score of 19-13.
The second, and through the 2009 NFL season, the only other overtime touchdown in Saints history came in September of 2002 in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints were leading 20-10 going into the fourth quarter when the Bucs rattled off ten unanswered points to tie the game at 20-20. In the overtime period, in one of the stranger plays in NFL history, Colts punter Tom Tupa threw the ball in desperation and it was intercepted in the end zone by James Allen of the Saints. this made the final score 26-20 in favor of New Orleans.
In more than forty years of NFL play, the New Orleans Saints have scored just two overtime touchdowns. Cam Cleeland and James Allen are deservedly in the Saints team record book thanks to these two plays.