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Teams played Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay




With the win, New Orleans improves to 5-8 on the season, while they've now gone 2-5 on the road. The Saints return to the field on Dec. 21 for a Monday Night Football matchup at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with the Detroit Lions at 7:30 p.m.

  • Today's win marked the 30th all-time win for New Orleans against Tampa Bay, making the Buccaneers only the third team that the Saints have 30 victories against, joining the Atlanta Falcons (44) and the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams franchise (31).
  • New Orleans has 4,118 net yards passing on the season and have now reached 4,000 net yards passing for the 10th consecutive campaign.
  • The Saints defense allowed a season-low 291 total net yards of offense.
  • QB Drew Breesplayed in his 214th career game today, moving him past Dave Krieg into sole possession of 12th place on the all-time list for games played by quarterbacks.
  • Brees was 31-of-41 for 312 yards, two touchdowns and a 113.1 passer rating.
  • With his three-yard touchdown throw to WR Marques Colston in the first quarter, Brees collected his 420th career touchdown, tying Dan Marino for fourth on the all-time touchdowns list. With his second quarter throw to Colston, Brees passed Marino for sole possession of fourth.
  • With two touchdown passes today, Brees now has 127 career multiple touchdown games, moving him into a tie with Dan Marino for fourth all-time.
  • Brees has 25 touchdowns in 2015, making the 2015 season his 10th consecutive season with at least 25 scoring throws. Overall, it is his 11th time reaching the 25 touchdown mark, moving him into a tie for second place all-time in NFL record books with Brett Favre and Tom Brady.
  • Brees threw for 312 yards, making today's game the 93rd game in which he has thrown for at least 300 yards, bringing him into a tie with Manning for most career games with at least 300 yards passing.
  • The combination of Brees and Colston connected for their 70th and 71st touchdowns together, becoming only the fifth combo to combine for at least 70 touchdowns, joining Manning and Marvin Harrison (112), Steve Young and Jerry Rice (85), Dan Marino and Mark Clayton (79) and Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates (78).
  • Colston appeared in his 145th career game today, moving him into 13th place on the club's all-time games played list.
  • Colstonposted six receptions for 36 yards, with two touchdowns. It was his first game with two scoring grabs since he caught two touchdowns on Dec. 8, 2013 against Carolina. Today marked his 15th career multi-touchdown game.
  • Colston finished today's game with 71 career receiving touchdowns, moving him into a tie with Boy Hayes and Wesley Walker for 37th on the all-time receiving touchdowns list.
  • WRWillie Sneadcaught a career-high seven receptions for 122 yards, including a 41-yard reception. It was the second 100-yard receiving game of his career.
  • TE Benjamin Watson finished with 70 yards on a game-high seven receptions, with a long reception of 26 yards.
  • RB Tim Hightower made the start, marking his first start since he started for Washington at Carolina on Oct. 23, 2011.
  • Hightower rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown on a career-high 28 attempts, and added one catch for 10 yards. It was his first rushing touchdown since he rushed for a score for the Washington Redskins on Sept. 11, 2011 against the New York Giants.
  • LB Dannell Ellerbe saw his first game action since Oct. 25 at Indianapolis, finishing with a team-high six tackles.
  • DTKevin Williamsplayed in his 200th career game, becoming only the 51st defensive lineman to play in 200 career games. He joined Charles Woodson(250) andJulius Peppers(214) as only the third active defensive player to appear in 200 career games. He posted one tackle.
  • DE Obum Gwacham recorded a second quarter sack of Jameis Winston and now has 2.5 sacks on the season. He totaled three tackles.
  • T Zach Striefmade his 138th career appearance, moving him into a tie with John Hill for 18th on the club's all-time games played list.
  • P Thomas Morsteadplayed in his 107th career game, moving him into a tie for 37th on the club's all-time games played list with Gene Atkins and Pat Swilling. He finished today's contest with 402 career punts, becoming only the third Saint with 400 career punts, joining Tommy Barnhardt (515) and Tom Blanchard (447).
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