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Game recap: New Orleans Saints 49, Los Angeles Rams 21

Saints offense clicks in home win

Check out the Saints vs. Rams action at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The New Orleans Saints put on an offensive clinic, rolling to a 49-21 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Quarterback Drew Brees passed for 310 yards and four touchdown passes - the 30th time he's hit that TD mark in his career - and added a one-yard touchdown dive. Running back Mark Ingram had one of the best games of his career, running for 146 yards on 14 carries with a 10-yard touchdown. He also added a 21-yard touchdown reception on his only catch. The TD catch on the opening drive of the second half was set up by his beautiful 61-yard run. Rookie Michael Thomas got in on the fun with nine catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

The Saints even dipped into Coach Sean Payton's bag of tricks when Brees threw backwards to Willie Snead IV who then hit a wide open Tim Hightower with a 50-yard touchdown pass. The Saints rolled up 555 yards of offense, were 6 of 13 on third down and two of two on fourth down conversions. They also possessed the ball for nearly 36 minutes, a huge time advantage against the NFL's sixth-ranked defense.

The win snapped the Saints' two-game losing streak and improved the team's record to 5-6.

The Rams (4-7) led 14-7 early but the Saints scored 21 consecutive second quarter points and led 28-21 at halftime. New Orleans quickly expanded the margin by scoring on its first possession of the second half and never let up.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall draft pick in this year's draft who was making his second start, had a decent game for Los Angeles with three touchdown passes but he also gave up an interception to Kenny Vaccaro and lost a fumble when he was sacked by Sheldon Rankins. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe also had sacks as the Saints defense pitched a shutout in the second half.

Saints left tackle Terron Armstead left the game early in the third quarter. The Saints will play host to the Detroit Lions next Sunday, Dec. 4 as they try to even their record for the second time this season. The all-50th Saints team will be honored at halftime of the game.

Saints stat leaders

Drew Brees, 28 of 36 for 310 yards with four TDs

Mark Ingram, 14 carries for 146 yards

Michael Thomas, nine catches for 108 yards and two TDs

Rams stat leaders

Jared Goff, 20 of 32 for 214 yards and three TDs with one interception

Todd Gurley, 13 carries for 50 yards

Kenny Britt, five catches for 52 yards and one TD

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