Best, worst of the Saints' 12-6 season

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm •  Published: January 13, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A look at some of the highlights and lowlights of the New Orleans Saints' season:

Best Game: A 49-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the Superdome on Nov. 10. Drew Brees completed 34 of 41 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns, and the Saints had an NFL-record 40 first downs and franchise-record 625 total yards

Worst Game: A 34-7 loss in Seattle on Dec. 2. New Orleans' seven points tied its lowest scoring output since Sean Payton, who designed the offense, took over as coach in 2006. The Saints' 188 total yards were their fewest of the Payton era.

Best Play: Brees' clutch 31-yard pass over the middle to Marques Colston during Week 2 in Tampa Bay. The play set up a last-second field goal in a 16-14 comeback victory.

Worst Play: Brees' underthrown pass intended for tight end Jimmy Graham, who was triple-covered in the end zone. The pass was intercepted to stall a drive on which the Saints could have used points in a 27-16 loss to St. Louis.

Biggest Surprise: The Saints' defense, which made a major improvement. In 2012, the Saints gave up an NFL-record 7,042 yards. In 2013 under first-year coordinator Rob Ryan, the Saints ranked fourth in total defense, No. 2 in pass defense.

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