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Saints won 27-21 to improve to 3-4

With the win, New Orleans improves to 3-4 and 1-3 on the road. The Saints return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Nov. 1 against the visiting New York Giants. Kickoff is noon.

·         New Orleans has now won consecutive games for the first time since it won two-straight from Oct. 26 – Oct. 30, 2014 (vs. Green Bay, at Carolina).

·         Since 1984 New Orleans now holds a 7-2 advantage against Indianapolis, including a 3-1 record on the road.

·         Saints Coach Sean Payton climbed into sole possession of 51st place on the NFL head coach's all-time wins list after the win, moving ahead of both Bum and Wade Phillips.

·         New Orleans extended its streak of consecutive regular season games with at least one touchdown to 152 games, taking sole possession of the second-longest streak in NFL history. The Cleveland Browns scored in an NFL-record 166 consecutive regular season games from 1957-69.

·         The 449 total net yards of offense was a season high for the Saints and the most since they totaled 525 yards on Nov. 24, 2014 against Baltimore.

·         New Orleans scored 20 points in the first half, the most it has scored in the first half this season and the most points the Saints scored in a first half since they scored 20 points Sept. 7, 2014 at Atlanta.

·         In shutting out the Colts in the first half, it marked the first time New Orleans shut out an opponent in a half of a contest since shutting out Tampa Bay in the second half in the 2014 regular season finale at Raymond James Stadium on Dec. 28. Two weeks earlier on Dec. 15, 2014, the Saints shut out the Chicago Bears for the first three quarters.

·         As a team, New Orleans rushed for 183 yards, the most yards the Saints have rushed for in a game this season and most since they rushed for 193 yards on Oct. 26, 2014 against Green Bay. It marked the first time New Orleans has rushed for three touchdowns in a game since they did so Oct. 30, 2014 at Carolina.

·         In surrendering only 75 yards rushing, the Saints defense set a season-low, the lowest total since giving up 59 at Detroit on Oct. 19, 2014.

·         QB Drew Brees appeared in his 149th career game as a Saint, moving him into the top 10 on the Saints all-time games played list. He moved into a tie with defensive back Dave Waymer (1980-89) for 10th. 

·         Brees completed 28-of-44 for 255 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

·         With his touchdown completion to TE Michael Hoomanawanui in the second quarter, Brees extended his streak of at least one touchdown pass to 42 games, good for the fifth-best streak in NFL history.

·         Hoomanawanui, making his first start as a Saint, caught a career-high five passes for 31 yards, with one touchdown. The touchdown, his first as a Saint, made him the 53rd player to catch a touchdown from Brees and the 38th Saint to catch one from the signal-caller.

·         RB Mark Ingramrushed for 143 yards and one touchdown on 14 attempts, including a career-long 44-yard run in the second quarter. It was his first game of 100 or more rushing yards this season and first since he rushed for 122 yards on Nov. 30, 2014 at Pittsburgh. For his career, Ingram has six games of 100 rushing yards or more.

·         With 2,876 career rushing yards,Ingram has moved ahead of Tony Galbreath (1976-80) for eighth on the club's all-time rushing yards list.

·         RB Khiry Robinson rushed for 28 yards a career-high two touchdowns on 14 carries. It was Robinson's first career game with two touchdowns.

·         WR Brandin Cooks finished with a team-high 81 yards on a team-high six receptions, including a season-long 47-yard catch.

·         WR Marques Colston appeared in his 139th career game, moving him into a tie with defensive end Will Smith (2004-12) for 16th on the club's all-time games played list. Colston made his first reception late in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, a 20-yard game-clinching first down catch.

·         TE Benjamin Watson had four receptions for 59 yards, including a pair of 25-yard grabs, one from Brees and one from QB Luke McCown on a fake field goal attempt.

·         LB Stephone Anthony intercepted an Andrew Luck pass in the first quarter, marking his first career interception and becoming the first Saints rookie linebacker with an interception since James Allen on Sept. 8, 2002 at the Buccaneers. Anthony also tallied a team-high seven tackles.

·         DE Cameron Jordan made his 70th career start. It was his 56th consecutive start, the fourth-most consecutive games started among active NFL defensive ends.

·         Jordanrecorded* *two sacks of Colts QB Andrew Luck and has now posted five sacks over his last two games, the most he's ever recorded over a two-game stretch. The five sacks in the month of October are the most he's ever recorded in a single month. Jordan also tallied two tackles and two passes defensed.

·         CB Kyle Wilson intercepted a Luck pass to keep the Colts out of the end zone before halftime. It was Wilson's fourth career interception and first pick since Sept. 9, 2012 against Buffalo as a member of the New York Jets.

·         LBDavid Hawthornehad two special teams tackles (one solo) and forced a fumble that was recovered by Wilson.It was Wilson's first career game with two takeaways.

·         S Kenny Vaccarofinished with five solo tackles and his first sack of the season.

·         DE Bobby Richardsonand DTJohn Jenkinssplit a sack.

·         T Zach Strief appeared in his 132nd career game, moving him into sole possession of 23rd place on the club's all-time games played list, ahead of offensive tackle and 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee William Roaf (1993-2001).

·         P Thomas Morstead returned to action after missing three games with a quad injury and punted a career-high 10 times for a career-high 487 yards (48.7 avg.), with a net of 42.9 and a long of 58 yards. He placed five inside the 20-yard line with one touchback.

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