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New Orleans Saints Postgame Notes

Posted Nov 25, 2012

With three touchdowns today, Drew Brees became the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for 30+ touchdowns in five or more seasons

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS VS. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2012 ● MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME
SAINTS POSTGAME NOTES

*  The Saints had their three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-6 on the season going into Thursday night’s NFC South matchup against the Atlanta Falcons (7:30 p.m., NFL Network).

*  The loss was the Saints’ first in the month of November since Nov. 30, 2008. The Saints had won 14 consecutive games in November before Sunday.

*  QB Drew Brees completed 26 of 41 passes for 267 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 86.1.

*  Brees’ first-quarter 6-yard touchdown pass to TE David Thomas extended his NFL-record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 54. He also extended his NFL-record streak of games with 20 or more completions to 47.

*  Brees has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 96 of his 106 starts as a Saint. Brees has 96 multiple-TD games in his NFL career, the third-most among active NFL quarterbacks and ranked sixth all-time.

*  Brees now leads the NFL with 31 touchdown passes this season. It also marks the fifth consecutive season and fifth season overall he has thrown for at least 30 touchdowns. He now joins Brett Favre (9) and Peyton Manning (6) as only the third quarterback to top the 30-TD pass mark in five or more seasons. He also joins Favre (1994-98) as the only quarterbacks to do so in five consecutive seasons.

*  RB Chris Ivory got his first start of the season and carried eight times for a team-leading 34 yards.

*  WR Marques Colston finished with four receptions for 36 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. That was his 56th career touchdown, making him the franchise’s all-time leader in the category. Colston broke a tie with former Saints RB Deuce McAllister, who he was tied with heading into the game.

*  Each of Colston’s 56 career TD receptions has come from Brees. The Brees-Colston combination moved into a tie for eighth with San Diego’s John Hadl and Lance Alworth for touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver combination. The duo entered Sunday tied with the prolific combinations of Joe Montana to Jerry Rice and Dan Marino to Mark Duper.

*  David Thomas came into Sunday’s game with four receptions on the season. He matched that against the 49ers with four receptions for 24 yards, including the touchdown grab, which was his second of the season.

*  WR Lance Moore had three receptions for 61 yards, including a third quarter 43-yard grab that set up New Orleans’ third touchdown.

*  S Rafael Bush’s second quarter fumble recovery on punt coverage was his first of the season and set up New Orleans’ second touchdown of the contest.

*  CB Patrick Robinson’s second-quarter interception was his team-leading third of the season.

*  S Malcolm Jenkins’ blocked field goal in the fourth quarter was the Saints’ first since Robinson had a block against Detroit on Dec. 4, 2011.

*  LB Curtis Lofton led the defense with nine tackles, including four solo stops.

*  P Thomas Morstead averaged 50.4 yards on five punts Sunday, the seventh time in 11 games this season he has had a gross average of 50 yards or better.

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