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Game notes: New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears

Saints push winning streak to five games

• The New Orleans Saints extended their streak to 279 regular season 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 and fourth overall.

• Kicker Wil Lutz set the NFL record for consecutive field goals made on the road with 35, surpassing Rian Lindell.

• Playing in his 165th career game, Thomas Morstead puntedfour times for 169 yards (42.3 avg.) and two inside the 20-yard line.

•Safety Marcus Williams forced the second Chicago fumble, recovered by linebacker A.J. Klein. Williams also added four tackles (three solo). 

• DE Cameron Jordan played in his 135th career game Sunday, moving into sole possession of 22nd on the club's games played list past Archie Manning and John Tice.

• This is Jordan's seventh three-game stint of at least 0.5 in a contest and his fifth of at least a single sack in three straight games. 

• Jordan now has 78.5 career sacks. With his two takedowns Sunday, he moves into sole possession of third behind linebacker Rickey Jackson(115) and defensive lineman Wayne Martin(82.5). 

• Rookie DB C.J. Gardner Johnson set career highs with six solo tackles and two pass defenses.

• SS Vonn Bell led the team in tackles with eight (seven solo). Bell also added a pass defense, forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Bell now has four fumble recoveries, the most by a Saint since safety Sammy Knight in 2001 (5)

• Chicago had not fumbled all season until New Orleans' defense forced two. 

• The Saints' defense held Chicago to 18 offensive points, a season low 81 total yards in the first half, and six total yards in the third quarter. 

• QB Teddy Bridgewater started and won his 22nd career game as a starter. Bridgewater completed 23-of-38 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns, and 100.9 quarterback rating. Bridgewater led the Saints on six scoring drives resulting in four touchdowns and two field goals.

• TE Josh Hill scored the Saints first touchdown on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater. Hill finished with three catches for 43 yards and the touchdown.

• QB Taysom Hill caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater. Hill also carried twice for 23 yards including a team long 21-yard carry. 

• WR Ted Ginn Jr. eclipsed 6,000 yards from scrimmage and now sits at 6,016. Ginn finished with two catches for 48 yards.

• WR Michael Thomas led the team in receiving with nine receptions for 131 yards. 

• RB Latavius Murray started his 50th career game and led the team in rushing on a carrier high 27 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Murray also caught five passes for 31 yards. 

• Bridgewater also matched his longest winning streak as a starter with a five game run in Minnesota from Oct. 18, 2015 – Nov. 15, 2015.

• Bridgewater's four wins against the Bears are his most against a single opponent, with three coming as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. 

• The Saints have now blocked two punts in a game on three occasions with the other coming on Dec. 17, 1972 vs. Green Bay and Dec. 8, 2002 at Baltimore.

•J.T. Gray and Zach Line each blocked punts and it was the first time New Orleans blocked two punts since Dec. 8, 2002 in a 37-25 win at Baltimore.

• New Orleans racked up 424 yards with 281passing yards and 151 rushing yards on the way to scoring 34 points.

• Coach Sean Paytonnow has 132 career wins (regular season and postseason), putting him in sole possession of 29th place on the NFL's all-time list for wins, moving past Marvin Lewis.

• Paytonimproved his regular season record against Chicago to 5-2. The win in Chicago gives Payton only his second five-game winning streak against an opponent, joining a five-game run against Tampa Bay from 10/6/11-12/28/14. Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy is now the 62nd coach Payton has defeated and the 45th coach he has a winning record against out of 73.

• The Saints also extended their streak to 18 wins when leading in the fourth quarter. 

• New Orleans now has five-game winning streaks in three consecutive seasons for only the second time in franchise history, joining the 1991-93 clubs.

• The win improves New Orleans' all-time regular season record against the Bears to 16-13. Including two playoff losses, the win gives them a 16-15 record.

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