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49 points most any team in NFL has scored this season


•With the win, New Orleans improves to 5-6. The Saints return to action on Sunday, Dec. 4, when they host the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff is noon.

• New Orleans has improved its all-time record at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, both regular season and postseason, to 163-162. In 2016, the Saints have gone 3-3 at home.

• New Orleans' 49-point output was its highest of 2016 and most since it scored 52 points against the New York Giants on Nov. 1, 2015. It also marked the most points scored by any team during the 2016 season.

• The Saints accumulated 555 total net yards of offense, reaching the 500-yard mark for the fourth time this season, going 3-1 in those games.

• The Saints defense surrendered 247 yards of total offense, surrendering under 300 yards for its second-consecutive game. It marks the first time the Saints defense has given up under 300 total net yards in two consecutive games since it did so for the final two games of the 2013 season.

• Making his 228th career start, QB Drew Brees completed 28-of-36 passes for 310 yards, four touchdowns and a 139.6 passer rating with zero interceptions. His 139.6 passer rating was his highest of 2016 and highest since he posted a passer rating of 140.0 on Nov. 30, 2014 at Pittsburgh. It was his 103rd game with at least 300 yards passing, extending his NFL record.

• With his four scoring throws, Brees has now thrown 30 touchdown passes for the 2016 season, doing so for the ninth time in his career, tying Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as only the third player to have nine seasons of at least 30 touchdowns. He is the only quarterback in history to accomplish the feat in an NFL-record nine consecutive seasons.

• It was also Brees' 30th career four touchdown game, as he joins Manning (35) as only the second player in NFL history to have 30 four touchdown games.

• Sunday's game marked Brees' 20th game with at least four touchdowns while throwing zero interceptions, second in NFL history to Tom Brady's 21 such games.

• On his three-yard touchdown throw to WR Brandon Coleman in the first quarter, Brees posted his 60th consecutive home game with at least one touchdown pass, extending his NFL record.

• In the second quarter, Brees scored a one-yard touchdown run, the 16th rushing touchdown of his career and his second of 2016. His two rushing touchdowns in 2016 are his most since he rushed for three scores in 2013.

• In the second quarter, RB Mark Ingram scored from 10 yards out, posting his 29th career rushing touchdown, moving him past Chuck Muncie and Pierre Thomas for sole possession of third place on the club's all-time rushing touchdown list.

• Ingram rushed for 146 yards on 14 carries, recording his eighth career 100-yard rushing game and second of 2016. In the third quarter, he was on the receiving end of a 21-yard touchdown, his fourth career touchdown grab, with all four coming this season. He has now posted at least one touchdown reception and one touchdown run in the same game for the second time in his career. It was his fifth career multiple-touchdown game and second this season.

• With Brees' and Ingram's touchdown runs coming on fourth down, New Orleans became the first team in 2016 to score two touchdowns on fourth down in the same game. The Saints are now 8-for-9 on fourth down this season. It was the third time in franchise history that New Orleans scored twice on fourth down in the same game (other, Sept. 24, 1995 at New York Giants – two receiving touchdowns, Sept. 9, 2012 vs. Washington – two receiving touchdowns).

• WR Michael Thomas caught his sixth and seventh touchdown passes of the season, finishing with 108 yards and the two scoring grabs on a game-high nine receptions. He now has 65 catches, joining RB Reggie Bush and WR Marques Colston as only the third Saint to record at least 60 grabs as a rookie. It was his second career game with at least 100 receiving yards.

• WR Willie Snead IV connected with RB Tim Hightower on a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, marking his first NFL touchdown throw. He became the first non-QB to throw a touchdown pass for New Orleans since Deuce McAllister on Dec. 9, 2001 at Atlanta.

• Snead also caught five passes for 38 yards.

• Hightower rushed for 51 yards on 15 carries, adding 54 yards on two receptions. It marked his second career touchdown reception and first since Sept. 26, 2011 at Dallas as a member of the Washington Redskins.

• TE Josh Hill recorded a career-high six receptions for a career-high 74 yards, including a long-reception of 35 yards.

• TE Coby Fleener caught four passes for 59 yards, including a long-reception of 31 yards in the first quarter.

• S Kenny Vaccaro collected an interception of QB Jared Goff in the third quarter, marking his fifth career interception and second of 2016. His two picks this season match a career high set in 2014. He added four solo tackles.

• DT Sheldon Rankins collected a sack of Goff in the second quarter, causing a fumble that would be recovered by DE Paul Kruger. It was his second career sack and first forced fumble. He added two solo tackles.

• LB Dannell Ellerbe posted a sack of Goff in the fourth quarter, marking his third consecutive game with a QB takedown, posting a sack in three straight games for the first time in his career. He has three sacks this season and 9.5 sacks over his career. He added five tackles, four of which were solo tackles.

• LB Craig Robertson tallied six total tackles (three solo) and now has a team-leading 104 tackles in 2016, reaching the century mark for the first time in his five-year NFL career.

• DE Cameron Jordan recorded a takedown of Goff in the third quarter, his fifth sack of the season and 44th of his career. He added four tackles (three solo).

• P Thomas Morstead made his 121st appearance, moving into sole possession of 28th place on the club's all-time games played list. He punted four times for 179 yards, placing two of his punts inside the 20-yard line.

• T Zach Strief played in his 151st career game, moving him into a tie with G/T Jim Dombrowski (1986-96) for 11th place on the club's all-time games played list. He is now tied for third among Saints offensive linemen, behind T Stan Brock (186) and G Jahri Evans, who appeared in his 164th career contest Sunday.

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