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Game notes: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta FalconsSunday, Dec. 24, 2017 Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeSaints Postgame Notes 

• With the win, the Saints improve to 11-4, clinching their 11th playoff berth in franchise history, their sixth under Coach Sean Payton. The Saints next take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a week 17 matchup on Sunday, Dec. 31 at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is currently scheduled for noon CST. The game will be aired on Fox (WVUE-Fox 8 in the New Orleans area).

• Sunday’s win broke a three-game losing streak against the Falcons.

• The Saints win improved New Orleans’ record at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2017 to 7-1, which gave the team seven wins at home for the first time since the 2013 season when it went 8-0. It also gives the Saints a seven-game home winning streak which is the third-longest home winning streak in franchise history.

• Sunday’s win improved New Orleans’ all-time record at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the regular season to 166-161.

•The Saints currently have a streak of 255 games without having been shut out, dating to a 26-20 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 6, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium, the longest running streak in the National Football League.

• Atlanta outgained New Orleans in total net yardage 331-315.

• New Orleans outrushed the Falcons 86-67.

• Atlanta outgained New Orleans in net passing yardage 264-229.

• The New Orleans defensed allowed the Falcons to convert only two-of-13 (15 percent) third-down attempts  and surrendered only 10 points on four red zone trips.

• Quarterback *Drew Brees *started his 189th game as a Saint, putting him in a tie with DL Frank Warren for third place in the club record books. Brees also appeared in his 248th career game. Brees has 70,200 career passing yards, ranked third in NFL record books, joining Peyton Manning and Brett Favre as only the third player in NFL record books to have 70,000 career passing yards. Brees has 4,089 passing yards in 2017 giving him his 12th career 4,000-yard passing yard season, two behind the all-time leader Peyton Manning. It is also his 12th straight, all with the Saints He completed 21-of-28 passes (75.0 percent) for 239 yards, one touchdown pass, one interception and a 97.2 passer rating.

• Running back *Mark Ingram *led the Saints in rushing with 13 carries for 44 yards and one 26-yard touchdown. He also had three catches for a total of 22 yards. Ingram has a career-high 1,486 total yards from scrimmage in 2017, the seventh-highest total in club record books surpassing RB Rueben Mayes (1,449-1986). Ingram has 12 rushing touchdowns in 2017, increasing his career-high for both rushing and total (12).

• Rookie running back *Alvin Kamara *had 12 carries for 32 yards and also caught a team-high seven passes for 58 yards and added a 49-yard kick return for a game-high 162 all-purpose yards. After Sunday’s game, Kamara has 742 receiving yards, tying the club record for receiving yards by a running back with Reggie Bush’s 742 in 2006, when Bush was also a rookie.

• Kamara’s and Ingram’s 2,912 total yards from scrimmage following this game give them the second-largest combined total yards from scrimmage of a running back duo (minimum 1,200 yards per RB), since the 16-game era began in 1978.

• Wide receiver Michael Thomas had four catches for 66 yards, giving him 98 grabs on the season, tied with WR Marques Colston for the second-highest single season total in club record books. With two grabs Sunday at Tampa Bay, Thomas would set the club record (99-tight end Jimmy Graham, 2011) and become the first Saint to record 100 grabs. With 2,288 receiving yards in his first two seasons, he has surpassed Colston (2006-07) for the highest receiving yardage total in a Saints first two NFL seasons.

• Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.  finished with four catches for 76 yards, hauling in his longest touchdown of the season (54 yards). With the scoring grab, Ginn surpassed the 5,000-yard receiving mark for his NFL career.

• Defensive end Cameron Jordan started his 96th consecutive game, giving him the longest consecutive games played streak among active NFL defensive ends. Jordan also played in his 111th consecutive game overall, putting him in sole possession of 33rd place in club record books*. *Jordan recorded two sacks, marking the career-high fourth time he recorded multiple sacks in a game this season. With one sack on Sunday at Tampa Bay, Jordan would set a career-high for takedowns surpassing his 2013 total of 12.5. With the two sacks vs. the Falcons, Jordan has also sacked Falcons QB Matt Ryan 10 times, making Ryan the quarterback that he has sacked the most in his seven-year career, breaking a tie with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (eight).

• Defensive end George Johnson recorded 1.5 sacks, tying a career-high he set twice in 2014 as a member of the Detroit Lions and giving him at least one sack in the last two consecutive games.  

• Rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore *recorded his fifth interception of the season, finishing with six total tackles (five solo) and a career-high four passes defensed. Maybe his most important stop took place on a third-and-goal play in the third quarter where he held Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones out of the end zone on a reception with the Saints then stuffing Falcons RB Devonta Freeman one-play later on a fourth-and goal on a combined stop by cornerback *Ken Crawley *and defensive end *Hau’oli Kikaha.

• Linebacker Manti Te’o *finished with four tackles (three solo) and recovering a fumble forced by DE *Tyeler Davison.

• Linebacker Craig Robertson finished with a team-high 10 tackles (seven solo).

• Kicker *Wil Lutz *booted three-of-three field-goal attempts and both extra-point attempts. Four of his kickoffs also sailed into the end zone for touchbacks.

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