New Orleans Saints vs New York Jets
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Saints Postgame Notes
• With the win, New Orleans improves to 10-4, clinching its first double-digit win season since the 2013 campaign, the franchise's 11th overall and their sixth under Coach Sean Payton. The Saints next take on the Atlanta Falcons for a week 17 matchup on Sunday, Dec. 24 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff is set for noon CST. The game will be aired on Fox (WVUE-Fox 8 in the New Orleans area).
• The Saints win improved New Orleans' record to 7-6 against the Jets, making them the eighth team to have a winning record against. It also gave the Saints a 3-1 record in closing out their 2017 interconference slate with the AFC East. Sunday's win also improved Payton's record against the Jets to 2-1.
• The Saints win improved New Orleans' record at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2017 to 6-1, which gave the Saints six wins at home for the first time since the 2013 season when they went 8-0. It also gives them a six-game home winning streak which is tied for the third-longest home winning streak in franchise history.
• With the win over New York Coach Todd Bowles, it gives Payton a win vs. 57 head coaches in both regular season and postseason.
• Sunday's win improved New Orleans' all-time record at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the regular season to 165-161.
• The Saints currently have a streak of 254 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.
• New Orleans out-gained New York in total net yardage 416-294.
• New Orleans out-rushed the Jets 131-124.
• New Orleans out-gained New York in net passing yardage 285-170.
• Quarterback Drew Brees appeared in his 247th career game, putting him in sole possession of sixth place in NFL record books for games played for quarterbacks past quarterback Fran Tarkenton (1961-1978). He completed 26-of-36 passes (72.2 percent) for 285 yards, two touchdown passes, one interception and a 102.2 passer rating.
• Running back Mark Ingram II led the Saints in rushing with 12 carries for 74 yards. He also had five catches for a total of 77 yards and recorded the longest reception of the day with a 54-yard catch. With 74 rushing yards, he joined Deuce McAllister (2002-04) and Ricky Williams (2000-01) as only the third Saint to have consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Ingram has 11 rushing touchdowns in 2017, setting a career-high (prior high nine in 2014). With 11 total touchdowns, that exceeds his prior career-best of 10 in 2016. Ingram has 1,420 total yards from scrimmage in 2017, setting a career-high, surpassing his total of 1,362 in 2016. Ingram joins Dalton Hilliard, McAllister, George Rogers and Chuck Muncie as only the fifth Saint with 10 rushing touchdowns in a season.
• Rookie running back Alvin Kamara had 12 carries for 44 yards and also caught six passes for 45 yards with one touchdown. Kamara and Ingram now each have at least 1,200 scrimmage yards and 10 scrimmage touchdowns this season, becoming the third pair of RB teammates to both reach those marks in a single season and the first since RBs Ickey Woods and James Brooks of Cincinnati in 1988.
• With his first catch Sunday, wide receiver Michael Thomas reached 1,000 receiving yards on the season for the second consecutive year. Thomas finished with a team-high nine catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Thomas joins Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. as the only two players in NFL history to have 90 receptions in each of their first two NFL seasons. With 94 receptions on the season, Thomas's total is tied for the club's third-highest single-season total all-time.
• Defensive end Cameron Jordan played in his 110th consecutive game, putting him in a tie for 33rd place in club record books with P Tommy Barnhardt in games played. Jordan also started his 95th consecutive game, giving him the longest consecutive games played streak among active NFL defensive ends. Jordan tied his career-high with four passes defensed, doing it the first time at Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, 2014.
• Defensive end George Johnson, making his Saints playing debut, recorded the Saints only sack of the game, dropping Jets QB Bryce Petty for a nine-yard loss.
• Rookie corner back Marshon Lattimore recorded his fourth interception, finishing with five total tackles (three solo).
• Linebacker Manti Te'o finished with seven tackles (five solo).
• Linebacker Craig Robertson picked off Petty, creating New Orleans' first takeaway. Robertson finished with seven tackles (three solo).
• Safety Kenny Vaccaro led the Saints with 10 tackles (eight solo).
• Kicker Wil Lutz produced the first points with a 23-yard field goal. Lutz also drilled all four PAT attempts and had one touchback on a kickoff.
• Punter Thomas Morstead punted four times for 187 yards (46.8 avg.) with one punt landing inside-the-20 yard line. Morstead played in his 140th career game and move into sole possession of 18th place on the club's all-time games played list past defensive end Will Smith.