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Game notes: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

Saints had third three-pick game of season

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS

THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 2017 ● MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM

SAINTS POSTGAME NOTES

• With the loss, New Orleans moves to 9-4.

•The Saints take on the New York Jets for a Week 15 matchup on Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff is set for noon CST. The game will be aired on CBS.

• New Orleans recorded three interceptions, marking its third three-pick contest of the season. The last time that this opened was in 2009, when the Saints had four.

•The Saints currently have a streak of 253 games without having been shut out, dating back to a 26-20 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 6, 2002 at Raymond Jame Stadium, the longest running streak in the National Football League.

• New Orleans outgained Atlanta in net passing yardage 256-211.

• QB Drew Brees appeared in his 187th career contest as a Saint moving into sole possession of fourth place all-time past Stan Brock (1980-1992). Brees also played in his 246th game overall, putting him in a tie for sixth place all-time among quarterbacks with Fran Tarkenton (1961-1978). He completed 26-of-35 passes (74.2 percent) for 271 yards and a 103.4 passer rating. Brees' 26-yard touchdown pass to WR Tommylee Lewis marked his 483rd career touchdown pass, moving him past QB Tom Brady for sole possession of third on the all-time list.

• RB Mark Ingram led the Saints in rushing with 12 carries for 49 yards. He also had four catches for a total of 43 yards.

• WR Michael Thomas finished with a team-high and tying his season high 117 yards on 10 catches and a touchdown. Thomas currently has 177 receptions in his first two seasons, moving him past former WR Marques Colston for most receptions in the first two seasons. Brees and Thomas have connected a total of 13 times in the end zone, moving him into sole possession of ninth on the all-time touchdown pass target list.

• WR Tommylee Lewis scored the Saints' first touchdown and his first career touchdown on a 26-yard touchdown pass.

• DE Cameron Jordan played in his 109th consecutive game. Jordan also started his 94th consecutive game, giving him the longest consecutive games played streak among active NFL defensive ends.

• Rookie CB Marshon Lattimore recorded his third interception, picking off Falcons QB Matt Ryan with a 33-yard return. Lattimore finished with three total tackles (two solo).

• Rookie CB Marcus Williams recorded his second career interception in the Falcons end zone. Williams finished with six total tackles (five solo).

• DE Hau'oli Kikaha recorded his fourth sack of the season, taking down Ryan for a 10-yard loss.

• LB Manti Te'o led the defense in tackles with 10 (eight solo).

• LB Craig Robertson surpassed 500 tackles in his career with eight total tackles (six solo). He now has 501 career total tackles.

• S Chris Banjo caused the Falcons second turnover with his first career interception.

• K Wil Lutz produced the first points of the game with a 34-yard field goal.

• P Thomas Morstead punted five times for 208 yards (41.6avg.) with two punts landing inside the 20-yard line. Morstead played in his 139th career game and move into a tie for 18th place on the club's all-time games played list with DE Will Smith.

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