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Teams played Sunday at MetLife Stadium

With the loss, New Orleans falls to 0-2. The Saints return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a Monday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, September 26. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m

  • QB Drew Brees played in his 219th-career game, moving him into sole possession of 11th place in games played among quarterbacks in NFL history. It was his 160th game played as a Saint, placing him ninth on the franchise's all-time games played list. He completed 29-of-44 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown, a 17-yard connection with WR Willie Snead IVthat came in the fourth quarter.
  • Brees has not thrown an interception in six-consecutive games dating back to the 2015 season, matching a Saints franchise record. Aaron Brooks went six games without throwing an interception during the 2003 season, November 23, 2003 – December 28, 2003.
  • On an eight-yard completion to TE Coby Fleenerin the second quarter, Brees reached 61,362 yards passing over his career, passing Dan Marino for third all-time in career passing yards. He now trails just Peyton Manning (71,940) and Brett Favre (71,838).
  • Dating back to December 6, 2015 vs. Carolina, Brees has now not thrown an interception in a career-best 268-consecutive attempts, the longest current streak in the NFL. He surpasses a previous career-best-streak of 232-consecutive attempts during the 2011 season.
  • WR Brandin Cooks made a team-high seven receptions for 68 yards, including a long-reception of 18 yards that went for a first down on the team's final possession.
  • WR Willie Snead IV caught five passes for 54 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. With his touchdown catch last week against Oakland, Snead IV has now caught touchdowns in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
  • WR Michael Thomas made four receptions for 56 yards, with a long-catch of 23 yards.
  • TE Chris Manhertz made his NFL debut, making the start at tight end while also playing extensively on special teams.
  • WR Tommylee Lewis made his NFL debut, posting two punt returns for 27 yards, with a long punt return of 21 yards.
  • The New Orleans defense forced three turnovers in the first half, doing so for the first time since they forced three turnovers in the first half at Indianapolis on October 25, 2015. They held the New York Giants running game to just 2.0 yards per carry over 32 attempts.
  • The New Orleans defense held the New York Giants to 16 points, with the Giants' only touchdown coming on a blocked Saints field goal attempt. The last time the Saints defense had not allowed a touchdown on offense came in a 20-9 victory against the Minnesota Vikings on September 21, 2014.
  • DE Cameron Jordan, making his 66th-consecutive start, the third-longest current games started streak among NFL defensive ends, posted his first sack of the season, a takedown of QB Eli Manning in the second quarter. He posted the sack, eight total tackles, including four solo tackles and two tackles for loss. He added one pass defensed, with the tipped ball coming on a crucial drive late in the fourth quarter.
  • S Vonn Bell, the team's second second-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft (61st overall), made his first-career start, opening the contest as the team's third safety. He recorded nine tackles, seven of which were solo stops, and one tackle for loss.
  • S Kenny Vaccaro forced a fumble of Giants RB Shane Vereen in the second quarter that was recovered by LB James Laurinaitis, the fourth forced fumble of his career. He tallied the forced fumble, nine tackles (six solo), including one tackle for loss.
  • CB Sterling Moore made his first start as a Saint and his 20th-career start, finishing with nine tackles (eight solo) and one pass defensed.
  • CB Ken Crawley forced a fumble of WR Victor Cruz in the second quarter, the first forced fumble of his career. He recorded the forced fumble, six solo tackles and one pass defensed.
  • CB De'vante Harris recovered the Cruz fumble in the second quarter, posting his first-career fumble recovery. He totaled the fumble recovery and three tackles (two solo).
  • LB Craig Robertson made the start and posted a team-leading 13 tackles, 10 of which were solo tackles, also a team best. His two tackles for loss also tied for the team lead.
  • Laurinaitis, who has never missed a game in his eight-year NFL career, played in his 114th-consecutive game, which stands as the second-longest current consecutive games played streak among NFL linebackers. He recorded his first fumble recovering as a Saint and the 18th of his career, adding three tackles (one solo).
  • LB Michael Mauti posted his first-career sack and forced fumble when he took down Manning in the second quarter, setting New Orleans up on the Giants 26-yard line. In all, he posted the sack, the forced fumble and three solo tackles. The fumble was recovered by DE Paul Kruger, his fifth-career fumble recovery and first as a Saint.
  • S Roman Harper appeared in his 110th-career game as a Saint, moving him into a tie for 32nd all-time on the Saints games played list with punter Tommy Barnhardt.
  • G Jahri Evans played in his 155th-career game as a Saint and is now 10th on the franchise's all-time games played list, trailing only Stan Brock (186) for most games played by an offensive lineman.
  • T Zach Strief played in his 142nd-career game as Saint, moving him into a tie with guard Joel Hilgenberg for 16th on New Orleans' all-time games played list.
  • K Wil Lutz connected on two field goals, a 39-yard make in the second quarter and a career-long 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 13-apiece.
  • P Thomas Morstead, playing in his 112th-career game today, punted seven times for 383 yards (54.7 avg.) with a long-punt of 66 yards. He placed three of his punts inside the Giants 20-yard line.

NTS POSTGAME NOTES

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  • With the loss, New Orleans falls to 0-2. The Saints return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a Monday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, September 26. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
  • QB Drew Brees played in his 219th-career game, moving him into sole possession of 11th place in games played among quarterbacks in NFL history. It was his 160th game played as a Saint, placing him ninth on the franchise's all-time games played list. He completed 29-of-44 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown, a 17-yard connection with WR Willie Snead IVthat came in the fourth quarter.
  • Brees has not thrown an interception in six-consecutive games dating back to the 2015 season, matching a Saints franchise record. Aaron Brooks went six games without throwing an interception during the 2003 season, November 23, 2003 – December 28, 2003.
  • On an eight-yard completion to TE Coby Fleenerin the second quarter, Brees reached 61,362 yards passing over his career, passing Dan Marino for third all-time in career passing yards. He now trails just Peyton Manning (71,940) and Brett Favre (71,838).
  • Dating back to December 6, 2015 vs. Carolina, Brees has now not thrown an interception in a career-best 268-consecutive attempts, the longest current streak in the NFL. He surpasses a previous career-best-streak of 232-consecutive attempts during the 2011 season.
  • WR Brandin Cooks made a team-high seven receptions for 68 yards, including a long-reception of 18 yards that went for a first down on the team's final possession.
  • WR Willie Snead IV caught five passes for 54 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. With his touchdown catch last week against Oakland, Snead IV has now caught touchdowns in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
  • WR Michael Thomas made four receptions for 56 yards, with a long-catch of 23 yards.
  • TE Chris Manhertz made his NFL debut, making the start at tight end while also playing extensively on special teams.
  • WR Tommylee Lewis made his NFL debut, posting two punt returns for 27 yards, with a long punt return of 21 yards.
  • The New Orleans defense forced three turnovers in the first half, doing so for the first time since they forced three turnovers in the first half at Indianapolis on October 25, 2015. They held the New York Giants running game to just 2.0 yards per carry over 32 attempts.
  • The New Orleans defense held the New York Giants to 16 points, with the Giants' only touchdown coming on a blocked Saints field goal attempt. The last time the Saints defense had not allowed a touchdown on offense came in a 20-9 victory against the Minnesota Vikings on September 21, 2014.
  • DE Cameron Jordan, making his 66th-consecutive start, the third-longest current games started streak among NFL defensive ends, posted his first sack of the season, a takedown of QB Eli Manning in the second quarter. He posted the sack, eight total tackles, including four solo tackles and two tackles for loss. He added one pass defensed, with the tipped ball coming on a crucial drive late in the fourth quarter.
  • S Vonn Bell, the team's second second-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft (61st overall), made his first-career start, opening the contest as the team's third safety. He recorded nine tackles, seven of which were solo stops, and one tackle for loss.
  • S Kenny Vaccaro forced a fumble of Giants RB Shane Vereen in the second quarter that was recovered by LB James Laurinaitis, the fourth forced fumble of his career. He tallied the forced fumble, nine tackles (six solo), including one tackle for loss.
  • CB Sterling Moore made his first start as a Saint and his 20th-career start, finishing with nine tackles (eight solo) and one pass defensed.
  • CB Ken Crawley forced a fumble of WR Victor Cruz in the second quarter, the first forced fumble of his career. He recorded the forced fumble, six solo tackles and one pass defensed.
  • CB De'vante Harris recovered the Cruz fumble in the second quarter, posting his first-career fumble recovery. He totaled the fumble recovery and three tackles (two solo).
  • LB Craig Robertson made the start and posted a team-leading 13 tackles, 10 of which were solo tackles, also a team best. His two tackles for loss also tied for the team lead.
  • Laurinaitis, who has never missed a game in his eight-year NFL career, played in his 114th-consecutive game, which stands as the second-longest current consecutive games played streak among NFL linebackers. He recorded his first fumble recovering as a Saint and the 18th of his career, adding three tackles (one solo).
  • LB Michael Mauti posted his first-career sack and forced fumble when he took down Manning in the second quarter, setting New Orleans up on the Giants 26-yard line. In all, he posted the sack, the forced fumble and three solo tackles. The fumble was recovered by DE Paul Kruger, his fifth-career fumble recovery and first as a Saint.
  • S Roman Harper appeared in his 110th-career game as a Saint, moving him into a tie for 32nd all-time on the Saints games played list with punter Tommy Barnhardt.
  • G Jahri Evans played in his 155th-career game as a Saint and is now 10th on the franchise's all-time games played list, trailing only Stan Brock (186) for most games played by an offensive lineman.
  • T Zach Strief played in his 142nd-career game as Saint, moving him into a tie with guard Joel Hilgenberg for 16th on New Orleans' all-time games played list.
  • K Wil Lutz connected on two field goals, a 39-yard make in the second quarter and a career-long 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 13-apiece.
  • P Thomas Morstead, playing in his 112th-career game today, punted seven times for 383 yards (54.7 avg.) with a long-punt of 66 yards. He placed three of his punts inside the Giants 20-yard line.
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