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News and notes from Sunday's game

  • New Orleans opens the 2015 season 0-1. The Saints open their home schedule at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome next Sunday, Sept. 20 vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kickoff is noon.
  • New Orleans opened Sunday's game with their six team captains for 2015 elected by their teammates. Returning as team captains were QB Drew Brees, P Thomas Morstead and T Zach Strief. First-time team captains as elected by their teammates were CB Brandon Browner, DE Cameron Jordan and TE Benjamin Watson.
  • Brees completed 30-of-48 for 355 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. It was Brees' 40th career game of at least 355 passing yards. Brees played in and started his 144th game as a Saint, moving him into a tie for 11th on the club's all-time games played list.
  • Brees has now thrown at least one touchdown in 37 consecutive games.
  • In the second quarter, Brees connected with WR Brandon Coleman on a 12-yard touchdown, marking the 50th player that he has thrown a touchdown to in his career in the regular season.
  • RBMark Ingramfinished with a career-high eight receptions for a career-high 98 yards, with a career-long 59-yard grab. The reception was the longest reception by a Saints running back since Reggie Bush had a 61-yard touchdown reception on December 3, 2006 at Dallas.
  • RBKhiry Robinson also enjoyed a career-day in receiving today. Robinson had a career-high five grabs for a career-high 51 yards, including a career-long 22-yard grab.
  • WR Marques Colston played in his 134th career game, moving him into the top 20 on the club's all-time games played list. He sits at 19th, tied with QB Archie Manning and TE John Tice.
  • Colston caught three passes for 29 yards; for his career, he now has 669 grabs, moving him into a tie with Ricky Proehl for 48th on the all-time receptions list.
  • WR Brandon Coleman finished with 41 yards on four receptions, including the first touchdown reception of his career, a 12-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter, also his first career catch in his NFL regular season playing debut.
  • WR Willie Snead, also making his NFL regular season debut with Coleman, made his first career catch, a 63-yard reception.
  • With both Hau'oli Kikaha and Stephone Anthony in the lineup, it marked the first time since 2011 (Mark Ingram and Cameron Jordan) that two rookie starters were in the opening day starting lineup. It was the first time two starters were in the lineup for New Orleans at linebacker in their NFL Debuts since Rickey Jackson and Glen Redd on September 6, 1981 in Atlanta.
  • Anthony finished with four tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and one pass defensed.
  • Kikaha, starting at outside linebacker and seeing extended time on rush downs had five tackles.
  • CB Damian Swann, seeing his first career NFL action, led the Saints with six tackles.
  • CB Delvin Breaux, also in his first career game, made the start and finished with five tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.
  • K Zach Hocker, playing in his first career game, made all four of his field-goal attempts, a 37-yarder in the first quarter to put the Saints on the scoreboard, a 23-yarder in the third quarter, and fourth quarter connections of 45 yards and 33 yards.
  • G Jahri Evans made the start at right guard, playing in his 143rd career game, moving him into a tie for 13th with Eric Martin on the club's all-time games played list.
  • G Tim Lelito made his first career start at left guard.
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