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Teams played Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

  • With the loss, New Orleans drops to 5-9 on the season, including a 3-4 record at home. The Saints return to action on Sunday, Dec. 27, when they welcome in the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9). Kickoff is 3:05 p.m. 
  • With the loss, New Orleans falls to 11-11-1 against Detroit all-time. Since 2006, New Orleans is 4-2 against the Lions.  
  • The loss marked the first time a Sean Payton-coached Saints team has failed to win when not committing a turnover. New Orleans is now 30-1 under Payton when playing turnover-free. 
  • QB Drew Brees appeared in his 215th career game, including his 19th on Monday Night Football, which ties Terry Bradshaw for 14th all-time. With the loss, Brees' record on Monday Night Football to falls 12-7.  
  • Brees was 34-of-52 for 341 yards and three touchdowns and a 103.1 passer rating. 
  • Brees recorded his 94th career game of at least 300 passing yards, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning for most career 300-yard passing games in NFL history. 
  • On his 27-yard touchdown throw to WR Brandin Cooks, Brees eclipsed 60,000 passing yards for his career, becoming just the fourth player in National Football League history to reach the mark. Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino are the others. 
  • With :31 to go in the third quarter, Brees connected with WR Willie Snead on a 15-yard completion; the completion put Brees over 4,000 yards on the season, making the 2015 season his 10th-straight 4,000 yard season, extending his own NFL record. 
  • On the Saints' last scoring drive, Brees posted his 45th pass attempt, putting him over 8,000 career pass attempts for his career and joining Favre, Manning and Marino as the only players in history with at least 8,000 pass attempts. He finished tonight's game with 8,007 career pass attempts. 
  • Brees threw three touchdown passes, marking the 128th multi-touchdown game of his career. He snapped a tie with Marino for sole possession of fourth place on the NFL's all-time list for multiple touchdown games.  
  • WR Marques Colston appeared in his 146th career game, finishing with 39 yards and one touchdown on two catches.   
  • Colston caught an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to bring the Saints within one score. The touchdown was his 72nd career touchdown reception, moving him into a tie with Stanley Morgan (1977-90) for 35th on the all-time receiving touchdowns list. 
  • WR Brandin Cooks caught a career-high 10 passes for a career-high 124 yards and one touchdown. It was his third career game of at least 100 receiving yards and his third of the 2015 season.  
  • Snead tallied a career-high 10 receptions for 76 yards, with a long reception of 15 yards. 
  • Cooks and Snead each recorded at least 10 receptions, marking the first time that the Saints have had two players post 10 catches or more since RB Deuce McAllister and WR Donté Stallworth accomplished the feat against Denver on Nov. 21, 2004. 
  • TE Benjamin Watson made six receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown, his fifth scoring grab of the season. 
  • DE Cameron Jordan posted a sack in the third quarter, his ninth of the season. He added three tackles. 
  • LB Stephone Anthony had six total tackles and one forced fumble Monday night and now has 126 total stops on the season, the most tackles by a rookie in franchise history. He surpassed Rickey Jackson's previous club record of 125 in 1981.  
  • LB Hau'oli Kikaha forced a fumble of Lions RB Ameer Abdullah in the fourth quarter, registering his fourth forced fumble on the season. He also recovered the fumble, marking his first career fumble recovery. The four forced fumbles are the most by a Saints rookie since DE Charles Grant forced four in 2002.  
  • LB Kasim Edebali recorded two sacks of Matthew Stafford, posting the second multi-sack game of his career. He now has five quarterback takedowns on the season. He totaled six tackles.  DE Cameron Jordan posted three tackles (two solo) and one sack. 
  • LB Michael Mauti and CB Chris Owens tied for the team lead with two special teams stops apiece. 
  • S Kenny Vaccaro posted a team-high seven tackles, including one tackle for loss. 
  • G Jahri Evans appeared in his 151st career game, moving him into a tie with G/T Jim Dombrowski (1986-96) for ninth on the club's all-time games played list. He is also now tied with Dombrowski for the second-most games played by a Saints offensive lineman, behind only T Stan Brock (186).
  • T Zach Strief made his 139th career appearance, moving him into a tie with DE Will Smith (2004-12) for 16th on the club's all-time games played list. 
  • P Thomas Morstead appeared in his 108th career game, moving him into a tie for 34th on the club's all-time games played list with RB Dalton Hilliard (1986-93), K John Carney (2001-06, 09-10) and S Roman Harper (2006-13). He punted four times for 172 yards, with a 43.0 average.
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