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New Orleans Saints-Houston Texans notebook

Teams played Sunday at NRG Stadium

With the loss, New Orleans falls to 4-7 and 1-5 on the road. The Saints return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Dec. 6 as they welcome in the 11-0 Carolina Panthers. Kickoff is 3:25 p.m.

·         The loss drops New Orleans' record against the Texans to 2-2, while they've dropped to 0-2 all-time at NRG Stadium.

·         New Orleans did not score a touchdown in the game, snapping a streak of 155 straight games in which it has scored at least one touchdown. The last time the Saints were held without a touchdown was a 13-12 loss against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 24, 2005. The Browns scored in an NFL-record 166 consecutive regular-season games from 1957-69.

·         QB Drew Brees played in his 212th career game, moving him into sole possession of 13th all-time among NFL quarterbacks in career games played, moving past Len Dawson (1957-75) and Johnny Unitas (1956-73).

·         Brees was 25-of-44 for 228 yards, with one interception. His consecutive games streak with at least one touchdown pass ended at 45 games, the fifth-longest in league history. The last game in which Brees had not thrown at least one touchdown pass prior to the Texans game was on Nov. 29, 2012 at the Atlanta Falcons.

·         On an 11-yard completion to WR Brandin Cooks in the second quarter, Brees eclipsed 3,000 passing yards for the 2015 season, becoming only the fifth player to have 13 3,000-yard passing seasons, joining Brett Favre (18), Peyton Manning (16), Dan Marino (13) and Brady (13). The 2015 season is Brees' 12th consecutive season with 3,000 yards passing. Only Favre (18) and Manning (13), have thrown for 3,000 yards in more consecutive seasons.

·         WR Marques Colston appeared in his 143rd career game, moving him into a tie with WR Eric Martin for 14th place on the club's all-time games played list. Colston and Martin are also tied for first in franchise history in games played among wide receivers.

·         Colston recorded his first reception on the final drive of the second quarter, an 11-yard catch that marked the 700th reception of his career. He finished with 38 yards on three receptions and with 702 career receptions and moved ahead of Joey Galloway for 44th on the NFL's all-time receptions list.

·         Cooks posted his fourth catch on an 11-yard reception from Brees, recording his team-leading 54 catch on the season and surpassing the 53 receptions he tallied in his rookie season of 2014. He finished with five catches for 35 yards.

·         RB Mark Ingram now has 1,095 total yards from scrimmage in 2015 and has reached 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season.

·         Ingram rushed for 52 yards on nine attempts and caught six balls for 45 yards; Ingram now has 3,139 career rushing yards, surpassing another Heisman Trophy winner, Ricky Williams and moving into seventh place on the Saints' all-time rushing yards list.

·         TEBenjamin Watsonmade four receptions for 53 yards, with a long of 26 yards.

·         WR Willie Snead finished with 50 receiving yards on four catches, with a long of 24 yards.

·         LB Stephone Anthony tallied 10 tackles (eight solo) on the day. With 106 tackles on the season, he has become the first Saints rookie to have 100 tackles in a season since Rickey Jackson had 125 stops in 1981.

·         S Jairus Byrd recorded his first pick of the season and first as a Saint, a second quarter pass interception of Brian Hoyer. It was his first interception since he intercepted Mike Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a member of the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 8, 2013. He added seven tackles (four solo).

·         DE Cameron Jordanhad four tackles (two solo) and a fourth quarter sack of Brian Hoyer for a loss of 10 yards.

·         S Kenny Vaccaro posted a game-high 13 tackles, eight of which were solo and a forced fumble.

·         2015 first round pick T/G Andrus Peat made his first career start at left guard. It was his fourth start along the Saints' offensive line on the season.

·         G Jahri Evans played in his 150th career game, moving into sole possession of 11th place on the club's all-time games played list and becoming only the 11th player in franchise history to play in 150 career games.

·         T Zach Strief appeared in his 136th career game, moving into a tie with S Tommy Myers for 20th place on the club's all-time games played list.

·         P Thomas Morstead played in his 105th career game, moving into a tie with RB Pierre Thomas and DL Willie Whitehead for 41st place on the club's all-time games played list.

·         K Kai Forbathnailed both of his field-goal attempts, including a 57-yarder near the end of the first half that was a career-long, the third-longest in club history and the longest on the road in team record books. It was tied for the fourth-longest field goal made in the NFL in 2015. Below are the five longest field goals in franchise history and the five longest field goals made in the NFL in 2015.

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63        Tom Dempsey vs. Detroit, 11/8/70                                                                                          

60        Morten Andersen vs. Chicago, 10/27/91                                                                                    

57        Kai Forbath at Houston, 11/29/15                                                                                              

56        Morten Andersen at Philadelphia, 12/26/93                                                                         

56        Doug Brien vs. Carolina, 9/13/98

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61        Greg Zuerlein (St. Louis) at Minnesota, 11/8/15                                                                                          

58        Kyle Brindza (Tampa Bay) at Houston, 9/27/15                                                                                     

58        Jason Myers (Jacksonville) vs. Miami, 9/20/15                                                                                              

57        Kai Forbath at Houston, 11/29/15                                                                                               

57        Stephen Gostkowski (New England) at Dallas, 10/11/15                                                         

57        Brandon McManus (Denver) vs. Baltimore, 9/13/15

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