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Game notes: New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

Game notes after the New Orleans Saints defeat the Carolina Panthers 31-21.

New Orleans Saints vs Carolina PanthersSunday, Dec. 3, 2017● Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeSaints Postgame notes

• With the win, New Orleans moves to 9-3, clinching its first winning season since the 2013 campaign. Sunday's win also put the Saints in sole possession of first place of the NFC South again.

•The Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons for a week 14 matchup on Thursday, Dec. 7 in their first trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:25 p.m. CST. The game will be aired on NBC (WDSU-6 locally), NFL Network and Amazon.

• Sunday's win improved New Orleans' record to 22-24 against the Panthers, giving the Saints their first series sweep against the Panthers since the 2011 campaign and their first winning streak against their division rivals since a four-game win streak comprised of sweeping the 2010 and 2011 season series'. The win also evened Coach Sean Payton's record against the Panthers at 11-11.

• Sunday's win improved New Orleans' record at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2017 to 5-1, which gives the Saints a winning record at home for the first time since 2013 when they went 8-0. It also gave them a five-game home winning streak, tied for the fourth-longest home winning streak in team history.

• With the win, New Orleans improved its all-time record at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the regular season to 164-161.

•The Saints currently have a streak of 252 games without having been shut out, dating 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 Carolina in total net yardage 400-279.

• New Orleans outrushed the Panthers 148-112.

• New Orleans outgained Carolina in net passing yardage 252-167.

• QB Drew Breesappeared in his 186th career contest as a Saint moving into a tie with T Stan Brock for fourth in club record books for games played. He completed 25-of-34 passes (73.5%) for 269 yards and a 106.1 passer rating. With his 25 completions, Brees surpassed Peyton Manning and moved into second place all-time (6,127).

• RB Mark Ingram IIled the Saints in rushing with 14 carries for 85 yards and a 72-yard run marking the second-longest of his career, behind a 75-yard run for a touchdown at San Francisco on Nov. 6, 2016. It was his longest run of the season and it was the second-longest non-scoring rush in franchise history. With his 3-yard touchdown run, Ingram tied his career-high nine rushing touchdowns in a season, which he first set in 2014. Also leading the team in receiving with six receptions for 37 yards, he had 122 total yards from scrimmage. Ingram now has 6,427 total yards from scrimmage, moving him into fifth place in the club record books, past RBs Pierre Thomas and Dalton Hilliard.

• RB Alvin Kamara finished with nine carries for 60 yards and a career high two rushing touchdowns and the third time he scored two TDs in a contest and second straight week. He also recorded five catches for 66 yards for a game-high 126 total yards from scrimmage. Kamara has 11 touchdowns, making him only the second Saints rookie with 10 touchdowns behind RB George Rogers' 13 touchdowns in 1981. With 606 rushing yards and 614 receiving yards, Kamara joined former Washington WR Charley Taylor (1964) and former Detroit Lions RB Billy Sims (1980) as only the third rookie in NFL history with 600 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving. With a 2-yard touchdown run, he became the fourth Saint to score a touchdown in six consecutive contests, joining Hilliard (six games from 12/18/88-10/8/89 and 10/18-11/29/92), Thomas* *(11/16-12/21/08) and TE Jimmy Graham (12/18/11-9/23/12).

• WR Michael Thomasfinished with a team-high 70 yards on five catches. With a 10-yard touchdown catch, Thomas moved into a tie for ninth place in Brees' all-time touchdown pass targets (12) with running backs Reggie Bush (2006-10) and Pierre Thomas (2007-14).

• DE Cameron Jordanplayed in his 108th consecutive game. Jordan also started his 93rd consecutive game, giving him the longest consecutive games played streak among active NFL defensive ends. Jordan finished with six total tackles (five solo).

•  Facing his former team, LB A.J. Klein recorded his second takedown of the season, sacking Panthers QB Cam Newton, creating a 13-yard loss. Klein finished with five total tackles (three solo).

• LB Craig Robertson recorded three tackles (two solo), one pass defensed and his first career fumble recovery on special teams.

• S Kenny Vaccaro recorded the first sack, creating a three-yard loss. He finished with three solo tackles.

• S Chris Banjo caused the Panthers one turnover, forcing a fumble that Robertson recovered with 9:08 left to play in the fourth quarter.

• K Wil Lutznailed a 31-yard field goal. Lutz now has 53 career field goals, putting him into sole possession of fifth in franchise history.

• P Thomas Morstead punted four times for 184 yards (46.0 avg.) with one punt landing inside the 20-yard line. Morstead played in his 138th career game and move into a tie for 19th place on the club's all-time games played list with C John Hill.

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