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Drew Brees, Mark Ingram and Michael Thomas hit milestones

Notes from the Saints-Falcons game

Check out the Saints battle the Falcons in their final game of the 2016 season.

  • Quarterback Drew Brees made his 232nd career start and 174th as a Saint, completing 29-of-50 passes for 350 yards with two touchdowns. On a 20-yard completion to wide receiver Willie Snead IV, Brees surpassed the 5,000 yards passing mark for the fifth time in his NFL career. He finishes the season with 5,208 passing yards, the second-highest total in his NFL career and the fourth-highest total in NFL record books.
  • On a 38-yard rush in the fourth quarter, running back Mark Ingram became the first Saint to record 1,000 yards rushing in a single season since Deuce McAllister (1,057) in 2006. He totaled 103 yards and one score on 20 carries (5.2 avg.) and added 29 yards on six catches. For the season, Ingram finished with 205 carries for 1,043 yards (5.1 avg.) with five touchdowns, and 46 receptions for 309 yards with five touchdowns, for a career-high 10 total touchdowns. Finishing the season with 4,238 career rushing yards, Ingram surpassed Dalton Hilliard (4,164-1986-93) to move into third place in the club's all-time rushing list.
  • Ingram finished the 2016 season with a career-high 1,362 total yards from scrimmage.
  • Running back Tim Hightowercarried three times for 29 yards with a first quarter two-yard touchdown run.
  • Wide receiver Brandin Cooks, in his 31st career start, made three receptions for 19 yards. He finished the season with a career-high 1,173 yards on 78 grabs.
  • Wide receiver Michael Thomas started and finished with 156 yards on 10 catches (15.6 avg.) and a 14-yard scoring grab. Thomas finished the season with 92 catches for 1,137 yards with nine touchdowns, as he holds the club single-season rookie records in all three receiving categories. The reception total ranks second-all time in NFL record books among rookies (Anguan Boldin-92-2003) and the yardage total ranks seventh.
  • Wide receiverWillie Snead IV caught three passes for 82 yards. He finishes the season with 72 grabs for 892 yards as Snead, Cooks (78) and Thomas (92) became the first trio of wide receivers in franchise history to each have at least 70 grabs in a single season.
  • With the single-season totals of Brees, Ingram, Cooks and Thomas, it marks only the second time in NFL history that a team featured a 5,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers, joining the 2013 Denver Broncos (quarterback Peyton Manning-5,477 yards passing, running back Knowshon Moreno-1,038 yards rushing and wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker-1,430 and 1,288 yards receiving).
  • Tight end Coby Fleenerstarted and caught three passes for 38 yards as he finished with at least 50 grabs for the fourth consecutive season in his five-year NFL career.
  • Defensive tackle Nick Fairleyappeared in all 16 games for the first time in his career and finished with three tackles (two solo), including one sack to give him a career-high 6.5 to end the season.
  • Safety Roman Harper started and played in his 124th career game as a Saint, putting him in a tie for 27th place on the club's all-time games played list with wide receiver Devery Henderson and tallied three solo tackles. He now has 902 career stops
  • Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe made the start, his eighth this season and 42nd of his career, and recorded six tackles (five solo).
  • Linebacker Craig Robertsonstarted and finished with a team-leading seven tackles (six solo). Robertson finishes the season with a career-high and team-high 127 stops (97 solo).
  • Kicker Wil Lutz was two-for-two on field-goal attempts, connecting on 40- and 19-yard kicks. He has now converted on 12 consecutive field-goal attempts. For the season, he finished 28-of-34 (82.4 percent).
  • Punter Thomas Morstead punted  four times for 224 yards with a 56.0 gross punting average and a 46.3 net punting average with one punt downed at the Atlanta 1-yard line.
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