The Saints set or tied several franchise records in Sunday night’s win. Most notably was the 62 points scored, which shattered the previous Saints record of 51, set on three occasions – 1969 at St. Louis Cardinals, 1976 at Seattle and 2008 at home vs. Green Bay.
The 62 points matches the highest single-game total in the NFL since the 1970 merger. Eight teams have exceeded the 62-point mark, but none since 1966.
The 55-point margin of victory was not only a franchise mark (surpassing the 42-point victory over Denver in 1988), but it marked only the second time since 1989 that any NFL team has won by 50 or more points (New England 59, Tennessee 0, 2009).
Brees tossed five touchdowns and 325 yards on 31-35 passing. Brees tossed a pair of TDs to WR
Colston collected seven catches for 98 yards. Graham had six catches for 54 yards.
Ingram led the Saints in rushing with a career-best 91 yards on 14 carries. Sproles had a season-high 88 yards on 12 carries, including an 16-yard touchdown run.
Following a touchback on the first play from scrimmage, Colts QB Curtis Painter threw a deep pass intended for WR Pierre Garcon that was broken up by CB
With a fresh set of downs, Painter threw to Garcon who was forced out of bounds by Greer by the Saints sideline after gaining four yards. Addai took the second down handoff, but was stopped after gaining only one yard by S
On first down, Brees threw a pass Colston for a seven-yard gain. On third down, Ingram gained four yards for the first down. With a fresh set of downs, Brees completed a throw to Sproles for a nine-yard gain. On second and one, Brees handed off to Ingram who gained two yards for the first down at the 20-yard line. Sproles then carried up the right side and gained six yards. On second and four, Colston caught a pass in the end zone and came down with it to give New Orleans an early 7-0 lead.
Starting at the 20, Painter rolled out and found Garcon for a gain of 12 yards. On the next first down play, Painter’s pass was tipped by DT
On first down, Brees handed off to Ingram who ripped off a six-yard gain. The runs were then mixed up with
Starting at the 20, Painter completed a nine-yard throw to Colts WR Reggie Wayne. Rookie Indy RB Delone Carter then took a run up the right side for a 23 yards to the New Orleans 48. However on the next play, Caldwell fumbled the ball as it was forced out by DT
Sproles then ran up the right side for a 16-yard gain to the Indianapolis 36-yard line. Sproles then took a screen and gained one more yard. On second down, Brees connected with Meachem near the Colts sideline for a gain of nine yards. Brees then moved the Saints into the red zone at the 16 with a ten-yard toss to WR
Ingram carried on the short yardage play and advanced to the five with the first down. Sproles lost a yard on an ensuing play, but without the first quarter having elapsed, he and Brees connected on a six-yard score, the signal-callers third touchdown pass of the game, giving New Orleans a 21-0 lead.
Starting at the 20, Carter took a handoff and gained five yards before being stopped by Vilma and Dunbar. On second down and the final play of the first quarter, CB
New Orleans would go up 28-0 on a seven-play, 69 yards. New Orleans would get into Colts territory on a 26-yard pass play from Brees to Moore. On second and six at the 16, Brees completed a pass to TE Jimmy Graham to the two-yard line. Thomas took the first and gola carry, and gained one yard. On second down, Brees handed off to FB
Indianapolis would start at their 20 with Brown taking a handoff and Dunbar stopping him for no gain. On second-and-ten, a pass by Painter was incomplete, while a third down throw was short of his intended target Wayne. Sproles took McAfee’s 54-yard punt and returned it 16 yards.
On New Orleans’ first third down play of the game with seven yards needed, Brees and Graham connected on a 16-yard reception. With a fresh set of downs, WR
Brees then completed a pass for a six-yard gain to Graham. Ingram then carried for a five-yard gain and a second down throw to Graham from Brees was ruled incomplete. At third and goal from the five, a pass intended for Moore was broken up by Colts DB Kevin Thomas, sending K
On their next drive, Indianapolis would move into New Orleans territory on a 42-yard run by Carter. Colts RB Donald Brown later had a key run to the three-yard line. On first and goal from the three though, Ellis and Vilma stopped Brown for a one-yard gain. Carter gained two yards for Indy’s first points of the game.
Starting at their 18, Brees completed a pair of passes to Sproles for a gain of 11 and then connected with Colston for a nine-yard gain. The two then met on a pass in the middle of the field where they gashed the Indianapolis secondary for a gain of 39 yards, putting the Saints at their opponents’ 23-yard line. A throw was completed to Sproles, but the running back was stopped for a seven-yard loss, but as time expired, Kasay booted a 47-yard kick to give the Saints a 27-point lead going into halftime.
Receiving the ball to start the second half, Sproles took the ball from four yards deep in the end zone and had a 29-yard return. On first down, Ingram carried to the 32-yard line for a seven-yard gain before being stopped by Colts LB Philip Wheeler.
On second down, Brees completed a pass for a six-yard gain to the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Brees and Graham would then connect for a 13-yard gain to move to the Indianapolis 49-yard line.
Thomas then gained four yards on a run and then the first down was converted on a six-yard pass from Brees to the runner. Sproles then took a pitch play for a four-yard gain before being tackled by Colts CB Jerraud Powers. Sproles then took a handoff up the middle on a play action fake and gained 14 yards to the Colts 21 before being tackled by S Antoine Bethea.
On the next first down play, Brees was sacked by Colts DE Jamaal Anderson for a one-yard loss. On the next play, New Orleans would get it back and four more yards when Colts DE Dwight Freeney was called for offsides. Reaching the red zone at the 17 on the penalty, Brees then completed a 13-yard throw to Colston. Brees ran a perfect fake and found Graham for the four-yard score and New Orleans’ second 40-point performance of the season.
Colts S Joe Lefeged took the kickoff out of the end zone and was stopped by New Orleans at the 13-yard line. Carter rushed on the first play of the drive for a seven-yard gain before being stopped by Vilma. On second down, Painter was called for an intentional grounding penalty. Painter scrambled on third down, but couldn’t pick up a first down, so McAfee was send out to punt and following a 39-yard kick, New Orleans would have starting position at their 40.
Ingram started off the drive with a ten-yard carry before being tackled by Colts S David Caldwell. Brees then rolled out and found Moore near the Colts sideline for an eight-yard gain and the first down. Ingram took a handoff on the next play and converted the first down for a four-yard gain before being tackled by Bethea and Wheeler.
Following a holding penalty on G
Starting at the 20, Colts RB Donald Brown gained only one yard before being stopped by DE
After the punt by McAfee, New Orleans would start at the 41 with QB
The former Alabama standout then bounced out the outside for a gain of 20 yards before being forced out of bounds by Bethea at the 29. Thomas then spelled Ingram and gained 11. A 16-yard rush by Sproles set the club single-season record for scoring to give the Saints the 55-7 lead.
New Orleans wouldn’t be done on their club record though as on the next possession, CB