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Saints Postgame Notes

Posted Oct 2, 2011

*The Saints improve to 3-1 on the season and currently lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who play tomorrow evening by half a game for first place in the NFC South.
*With the win, the Saints lead the Saints-Jaguars series 3-2, making Jacksonville the ninth franchise the Saints would have a winning mark against.
*The win gives New Orleans a three-game winning streak, giving them their sixth win streak of at least three games since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006.
*New Orleans’ nine-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by FB Jed Collins marked the first time the Saints scored on their opening drive this season.
*New Orleans outgained Jacksonville 503-274 in total net yards, including 177-104 on the ground in their most impressive performance running the ball of the 2011 season.
*The New Orleans defense forced rookie QB Blaine Gabbert into a rough day, as the rookie completed only 16-of-42 passes for 196 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a 51.3 passer rating.
*QB Drew Brees completed 31 of 44 passes for 351 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
*Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 31 consecutive games, breaking a tie with Dan Marino for the third-longest streak in NFL record books. Johnny Unitas holds the NFL record of 47. Brett Favre is second with 36.

*Brees has at least 20 completions in 24 consecutive games, longest streak in NFL history
*Today’s game marked the 40th career 300-yard passing game of Brees’ Saints career.
*Brees is now ranked 16th in NFL history with 245 career touchdown passes, surpassing another former San Diego Charger John Hadl.
*FB Jed Collins in the first offensive touch of his NFL career, scored a one-yard touchdown on a dive.
*RB Darren Sproles had a team-best 188 all-purpose yards. He entered the league with a league best 528 all-purpose yards.
*TE Jimmy Graham finished the afternoon with a career-high 10 receptions for a career best 132 receiving yards.
*CB Patrick Robinson’s third-quarter interception was the first of his career. He also added a tackle and two pass deflections.
*DE Will Smith led the Saints with two sacks in the contest, the 12th multiple takedown performance of his eight-yard NFL career. Smith ranks fourth the team’s career sack list with 57, behind former Saint Pat Swilling (76.5).
*Rookie RB Mark Ingram finished with a career-best 55 rushing yards.

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