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Game notes from New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks game

Saints defeated Seattle 33-27 to improve to 2-1

SAINTS POSTGAME NOTES

SUNDAY, SEPT. 22, 2019 ● CENTURYLINK FIELD

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS VS SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 The Saints extended their NFL-leading streak to 275 regular season games withoutbeing shut out. The streak dates back to September 6, 2002 when New Orleans defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-20 at Raymond James Stadium.

• DB J.T. Gray recorded a career-high three special teams tackles. 

• The Saints have now scored three special teams touchdowns in Seattle. New Orleans returned a fumble five yards for a score on October 14, 2007 in a game they won 28-17. The Saints also blocked a field goal, which was returned 58 yards for a score by DaveWaymer in a 20-19 win at the Kingdome on October 16, 1988. 

• WR Deonte Harrisreturned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Harris' score was the first ount return touchdown for the Saints since September 27, 2015 at Carolina. Harris finished with three punt returns for 53 yards.

• K Wil Lutz added three extra points, going 3-of-4 in the game. Lutz now has 433 career points. 

• Playing in his 161th career game, homas Morstead punted six times for 324 yards (54.0 avg.) and four inside the 20-yard line.

• DE Cameron Jordan played in his 131th career game, moving him into a tie for 25th all-time with tackle William Roaf on the club's all-time games played list.

• Lattimore, Bell, and CBP.J. Williams each recorded a pass defense.

• LB Demario Davis and Belleach recorded nine tackles.

• CB Marshon Lattimoreled the team in tackles with 12 (ten solo), setting a career high.

• The Saints also forced three turnovers on downs for the first time since December 26, 2011 against Atlanta.

• The defense scored its first defensive touchdown since October 28, 2018 at Minnesota when CBEli Apple forced a fumble from Seahawks RB Chris Carson, which S Vonn Bell returned 33 yards for his first NFL touchdown. The fumble return for a score was the first for New Orleans since October 15, 2017 vs. Detroit.

• The Saints offensive line did not surrender a sack for the first time this season. 

• Primarily blocked by RT Ryan Ramczyk, Seattle DE Jadaveon Clowney was held to 0 sacks, 1 assisted tackle, and 0 quarterback hurries.

• RB Alvin Kamara finished with 161 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, leading the team in rushing and receiving. Kamara gained 69 yards on 16 rushes with a touchdown and 92 yards on nine receptions and a touchdown.

• WR Michael Thomasfinished with 54 receiving yards on five receptions and a touchdown. With his touchdown grab, Thomas has moved into sole possession of tenth in the all-time club touchdown list. Thomas now has 4,053 receiving  yards for his career, making him the seventh Saint to reach the 4,000-yardmark.

• With 346 receptions for his career, Thomas has tied Lance Moore (2006-13) for fifth in club history. 

• QB Teddy Bridgewater started the game and completed 19-of-27 passes for 177 yards, two touchdowns,and 112.7quarterback rating. Bridgewater led the Saints on three scoring drives resulting in three touchdowns.

• New Orleans racked up 265 yards with 177 passing yards and92 rushing yards on the way to scoring 20 points.

• With two, the Saints now have one more return touchdown than all of 2018. 

• New Orleans scored an offensive, defensive, and special teams touchdown in a single game for the first time since November 8, 1998 at Minnesota when Saint's RB Aaron Craver returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and later S Sammy Knight returned an interception 91 yards for a touchdown. 

• Head CoachSean Payton has 128 career victories (regular season and postseason), moving him past former Chicago Bears and Saints Coach Mike Ditka for sole possession of 30th all-time.

Payton now has a 3-1 regular season record against Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll and a 23-15 regular season mark against Super Bowl-winning head coaches.

• The win also moves the Saints into first place in the NFC South after losses by Atlanta and Tampa Bay. 

• The win gives New Orleans an 8-6 all-time regular season record against Seattle, keeping the Saints as one of nine teams they have an all-time winning record against.

• With the win, the Saints move to 2-1 on the season and help them avoid their first road losing streak since dropping the last three regular season road contests of 2017.

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