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New Orleans Saints vs Chicago Bears: notebook

Chicago - With the win Monday, the New Orleans Saints improve to 6-8 and move half-game ahead of the Carolina Panthers for first place in the NFC South. The Saints will host the Atlanta Falcons (5-9) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Dec. 21. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

·       The Saints improved their record in the regular season against the Bears to 14-13, making the Bears the ninth team the Saints have all-time winning record against, joining the Buffalo Bills (6-4), the Detroit Lions (11-10-1), the Houston Texans (2-1), the Indianapolis Colts (6-5), the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2), the Oakland Raiders (6-5-1), the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (28-17).

·       New Orleans is now 40-38 all-time in prime-time games and 12-4 on "Monday Night Football" since 2006.

·       The Saints have scored a touchdown in 143 consecutive regular season games, the third-longest streak in NFL history. The Saints' streak began with the last game of the 2005 season. The Cleveland Browns (166, 1957-69) and San Diego Chargers (151, 2002-10) are the only teams with longer streaks.

·       The Saints outgained the Bears 443-278 and led in total first downs 25-16. New Orleans held the ball for 33:31.

·       Saints QBDrew Brees completed 29 of 36 pass attempts for 375 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 137.8 rating while playing in the 200th game of his 14-year NFL career.

·       Brees surpassed the 300-yard mark for the 85th time in his career, the 79th time as a Saint. It was Brees' 46th game with at least 300-yards and three touchdowns.

·       Brees has now won 58 times when passing for more than 300 yards, ranked second behind Peyton Manning (59).

·       Monday was Brees' 70th game as a Saint with a passer rating over 100.0. New Orleans is 58-12 in those contests.

·       With a screen pass to RB Pierre Thomas in the first half, Brees (4,358) surpassed the 4,000-yard mark for the ninth straight season, an NFL record.

·       Brees (31) surpassed the 30-touchdown plateau for the seventh consecutive season, an NFL record, with three scoring throws.

·       At one point in the first half, Brees completed 14 consecutive passes.

·       With a 9-yard touchdown pass to WR Marques Colstonin the second quarter, Brees and Colston moved into a tie for fifth with Reggie Wayne and Manning with 67 touchdown connections. With his 67th touchdown reception, Colston is now tied for 42nd in NFL record books with Cliff Branch, Chad Johnson and Jimmy Smith.

·       Colston appeared in his 131st career game, tied for 22nd on the club's all-time games played list with William Roaf.

·       With 65 yards on five receptions, Colston now has 9,108 career receiving yards, ranked 55th all time.

·       WR Kenny Stillsalso caught five passes, for 67 yards.

·       WR Nick Toontied a career-high with four receptions for 43 yards.

·       TE Jimmy Grahamled the team with five receptions for 87 yards (17.4 avg.).

·       TE Josh Hillcaught a 7-yard touchdown and an 8-yard scoring reception, his first-career multiple touchdown game.

·       RB Khiry Robinsontied a career-high with two receptions for 10 yards. Robinson also rushed three times for 10 yards.

·       RB Mark Ingramrushed 17 times for 59 yards including a 15-yard touchdown.

·       Thomas rushed twice for 11 yards and finished second on the team with 83 receiving yards on five catches including a game-long 39-yard reception, the second-longest reception of his career.

·       Thomas played in his 142nd career game tonight, tied with Renaldo Turnbull for 42nd on the club's all-time games played list.

·       G Jahri Evansstarted and played in his 140th career game tonight, surpassing Will Smith to move to 15th on the club's all-time games played list.

·       T Zach Striefplayed in his 123rd career contest, 28th on club's all-time games played list, ahead of former RB and current Director of Player Development Fred McAfee.

·       K Shayne Grahamtallied seven points and increased his career total to 1,214, moving past Chris Bahr to 35th all-time.

·       New Orleans seven sacks as a team is the most since the team recorded seven against the Eagles on Monday Night Football on November 5, 2012.

·       Tonight marked the first time the Saints posted three interceptions in a game since vs. Miami on September 30, 2013.

·       The Saints defense posted seven sacks and three takeaways for the first time since 2002.

·       With an interception by CB Patrick Robinson on the Bears' opening drive, the Saints forced a turnover on their opponent's opening drive for the first time this season.

·       The New Orleans defense held the Chicago offense to a 17% conversion rate on third down (2-12) and 0-2 on fourth down.

·       NT John Jenkinsled the team with seven solo tackles and added a sack for a loss of six yards.

·       ILB David Hawthorneset a new career-high with three sacks for a loss of 18 yards. Hawthorne also added five solo stops.

·       OLB Junior Galetteposted two quarterback takedowns for a loss of 10 yards, moving his season total to nine.

·       S Pierre Warrenposted his first-career interception on the final play of the first half. He recorded his second pick in the third quarter and became the first player to record two interceptions in a game for the Saints since Jabari Greer in Week 15 of 2012 vs. Tampa Bay. It was the first time since December 12, 2012 that the Saints had a safety with multiple interceptions.

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