Down Goes Marino! Pat Swilling Sack!

Pat Swilling sacks Dan Marino in 1992
The ball comes loose as Pat Swilling brings down Dan Marino.

The Dome Patrol in 1992 action against the Dolphins

 In 1992 the New Orleans Saints defense was at the highest point ever in the franchise’s history. With Assistant Coach  Steve Sidwell as Defensive Coordinator the Saints ranked #1 in points given up averaging less than 13 points-per-game given up. It was also the year that the Dome Patrol sent all 4 starting Saints linebackers went to the Pro Bowl. it was indeed an exciting time for Saints fans.

The picture above is from the November 29th game in 1992  played at the Super Dome against Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins came to town sporting an 8-4  record at the time. They left with loss #5 as the New Orleans defense dominated the game with 3 turnovers and 5 sacks.The Miami offense was also held to a total of just 58 yards rushing for the day and only managed 2 of 13 3rd-down conversions. The Saints defense came up with 2 big plays as well. Robert “Pig” Goff returned a fumble 28 yards for a score and Vince Buck added a 34 yard interception return for a score. The end result was a 24-13 Saints win.

In the picture above Pro Bowl linebacker Pat Swilling gets a strip fumble as he brings down Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino down for the sack. Saints defensive lineman Wayne Martin (#93) – who had 2 sacks that game as well – looks on.

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