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New Orleans Saints notebook from Buccaneers game

16-11 score has happened just once previously in NFL history

With the loss, New Orleans drops to 5-8. The Saints return to action on Sunday, Dec. 18, when they visit University of Phoenix Stadium to play the Arizona Cardinals. Kickoff is 3:05 p.m.

·- New Orleans went into halftime trailing 13-8, making this only the third game in NFL history to enter halftime with a 13-8 score (others – Minnesota at Tennessee, Dec. 26, 1998 and Detroit at Green Bay, Sept. 29, 1974). It became the first game in NFL history to enter the fourth quarter with a 13-11 score.

·- Sunday marked the second game in NFL history to end with a 16-11 score, with the only other game ending with that score coming on Dec. 14, 2014, a New York Jets victory over the Tennessee Titans.

  • Sunday marked the 153rd game started by the duo of head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees, moving them into a tie with Kansas City's Hank Stram and Len Dawson for the fourth-most starts among championship-winning head coach/quarterback duos in league history.
  • Appearing in his 230th career game, Brees completed 25-of-41 passes for 257 yards with three interceptions. He has now not throw a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 27 at Buffalo – Oct. 4, 2009 vs. the New York Jets.
  • Sunday also marked Brees' 171st career game as a Saint, moving him into a tie with DL Wayne Martin for seventh place on the club's all-time games played list.
  • The New Orleans offense converted on a fourth-and-one in the second quarter, with Brees gaining a first down on a two-yard gain. On the season, the Saints are nine-of-11 (82%) on fourth down, good for second-best in the NFL behind the Dallas Cowboys (seven-for-seven).
  • On a nine-yard completion to WR Brandon Coleman in the second quarter, Brees eclipsed 4,000 passing yards for the 2016 season, making 2016 his NFL-record 11th-straight 4,000 yard passing season and 11th overall, behind only Peyton Manning (14) for most all time.
  • WR Willie Snead IV caught a team-high six passes for a team-best 85 yards with a long-reception of 29 yards.
  • WR Brandin Cooks finished with 61 yards on five receptions, including a long-reception of 38 yards in the third quarter.
  • Coleman made five receptions for 47 yards with a long-catch of 16 yards.
  • In the second quarter, with Tampa Bay pinned back on their own 1-yard line, New Orleans tackled RB Doug Martin in the end zone for a safety. It was the sixth safety posted by the Saints under Sean Payton, with four of those coming against Tampa Bay, including each of the last three. It marked the first safety recorded by the Saints since Dec. 28, 2014.
  • DT Nick Fairley recorded a sack of QB Jameis Winston in the third quarter and now has a team-leading 5.5 sacks. He is one-half sack away from tying his career-high of six set in 2013 with Detroit. He added six solo tackles.
  • DE Cameron Jordan split a sack of Winston in the fourth quarter and now has 44.5 career QB takedowns, moving him into a tie with LB/DE Renaldo Turnbull and DE Darren Howard for 10th place on the club's all-time sack list. He recorded five total tackles, two of which were solo tackles.
  • LB Stephone Anthony started at MLB, making his third start of 2016 and 19th of his career. He posted a team-high nine tackles (seven solo).
  • S Roman Harper made the start, his second of the season and 138th of his career. It marked his 121st career game as a Saint, putting him in sole possession of 29th place on the club's all-time games played list. He finished with a season-high eight tackles, including seven solo stops.
  • S Vonn Bell split a sack of Winston in the fourth quarter, totaling seven tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed.
  • LB Dannell Ellerbe started for the sixth time this season and for the 40th time in his career, finishing with six solo tackles, including one for a loss.
  • K Wil Lutz connected on field goals of 42-, 34- and 22-yards and has now scored 103 points on the season, becoming the first Saints kicker to score 100 points as a rookie in franchise history.
  • P Thomas Morstead played in his 123rd career game, moving him into sole possession of 27th on the club's all-time games played list, moving past former Saints running back and current Director of Player Development Fred McAfee (1991-93, 2000-06). He punted four times for 205 yards, pinning one of his punts inside the 20-yard line.
  • Making his 60th career appearance, G Tim Lelito made the start at center, his third-career start at center and first start at that positon this season (sixth overall). He has started 23-of-60 games over his career.
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