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Notes from New Orleans Saints-Carolina Panthers game

Michael Thomas keeps setting records

· With the win, New Orleans' improves its all-time regular season record against Carolina to 24-25 and 12-12 in games played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Including a 2017 Wild Card playoff victory over Carolina, the Saints even up their all-time record against the Panthers at 25-25 and improve their record against Carolina to 13-12 in games played in their home state.

With the win, the Saints improve to 9-2 and clinch a winning record for the 14th time in franchise history and the eighth time since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006. The Saints have now had a winning record in each of the last three seasons, the third such stretch in franchise history (joining 1987-89 and 2009-11). The Saints return to action on Thursday, Nov. 28 when they take on the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.

· With the win, Payton improves his regular record against Carolina to 13-12 and now has a winning record against all three division opponents.

· Offensively, New Orleans amassed 418 total yards, 300 passing yards and 118 rushing yards. With 34 points, New Orleans has scored at least 30 points in seven of its 11 games this season.
· Defensively, New Orleans held Carolina running back Christian McCaffery to 64 yards on 22 carries (2.9 avg.). The Saints have not surrendered a 100-yard rusher in 34 regular-season games.

· The victory is the 135th of Payton's career, including postseason play, which moves himinto a tie with Mike McCarthy for 27th all-time in NFL record books.

· Kicker Wil Lutz converted a game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired, capping off a Saints' 11-play, 65-yard drive, that used the game's final 1:56. The game-winner was Lutz's second such field goal this season (Lutz converted a 58-yarder as time expired to defeat the Houston Texans on opening night). Lutz finished 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and became only the fourth Saint in franchise history to amass 500 career points by converting a 41-yard field goal with 13:39 to play in the second quarter.

· Receiver Michael Thomas finished with 10 receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown, moving his season totals to 104 receptions and 1,242 yards. Thomas becomes only the fifth player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards in three consecutive seasons, joining Antonio Brown, Marvin Harrison, Herman Moore, and Jerry Rice.

· Thomas has now caught for 5,029 yards in his career, joining Marques Colston, Eric Martin, and Joe Horn as only the fourth player with 5,000 receiving yards as a member of the Saints.

· Thomas has now recorded at least 100 receiving yards in five consecutive games, becoming the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, surpassing tight end Jimmy Graham, who did it in four consecutive contests two times (2011 and 2013). Thomas' seven 100-yard receiving games this season sets a franchise record for 100-yard games in a season.

· Thomas' 104 receptions through the first 11 games of this season surpasses Marvin Harrison's 100 receptions in 2002 for the most receptions through a team's first 11 games of a season.

· Thomas has now recorded at least eight receptions and 100 receiving yards in five consecutive games, becoming only the fourth player in NFL history to do so in a single season (Isaac Bruce, 6 in 1995; Anquan Boldin, 5 in 2005; Calvin Johnson, 5 in 2012).

. · Thomas recorded six receptions for 49 yards in the first quarter, the most first quarter receptions by a Saint since Eric Martin in 1991.

· Appearing in his 270th career game, quarterback Drew Brees passed for 311 yards on 30-of-39 passing, adding three touchdowns and one interception. Brees' 270 career games played moves him into a tie with TE Tony Gonzalez for 24th on the NFL all-time games played list.

A week after recording 10 receptions on 10 targets, running back Alvin Kamara recorded nine receptions on nine targets for 48 receiving yards. Kamara added 54 rushing yards on 11 carries, marking his sixth game this season with at least 20 touches.

· Running back Latavius Murray rushed for a touchdown on the Saints' opening drive, marking the first time in 2019 New Orleans scored a touchdown on its opening drive. Murray finished with 64 yards on seven carries, good for a season-high 9.1 yards per carry.

· Tight end Jared Cook finished with six receptions for a season-high 99 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown reception with 11:24 to play in the third quarter. Cook has now scored touchdowns in back-to-back games for the first time since scoring touchdowns in Weeks 11,12, and 13 of 2018 as a member of the Oakland Raiders.

· Linebacker Demario Davis recorded his second sack of the year and has now recorded at least two takedowns in each of the past six seasons. Davis finished with a team-leading 11 tackles, one quarterback hit, one pass defense, and the sack.

· Defensive end Marcus Davenport recorded his fourth sack of 2019 and first since Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay, taking down Panthers QB Kyle Allen with 2:10 to play in the fourth quarter. Davenport finished with three tackles, one quarterback hit, and the sack.

· Playing in his 182nd career game, receiver Ted Ginn Jr. caught two passes for 38 yards, including the Saints' longest pass play of the game, a 30-yard catch with 11:37 to play in the first quarter.

· In the secondary, safety Vonn Bell and cornerback CJ Gardner-Johnson recorded nine and six tackles, respectively. Bell added a stop for loss and one pass defense on the afternoon.

· Receiver Tre'Quan Smith scored his second touchdown of the season, and first since Week 1, on a 13-yard reception from Brees with 5:12 to play in the first quarter.

· Defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. recorded his first sack since Week 12 of 2018 (as a member of the New York Giants), forcing a fumble by Allen with 4:36 to play in the second quarter.

· Appearing in his 139th career game, defensive end Cameron Jordan finished with five tackles and one tackle for loss. Jordan moves into a tie with defensive end Will Smith for 19th on the club's all-time games played list.

· Punter Thomas Morstead averaged 49.3 yards on three punts, including a long of 54 yards. Morstead has now played in 169 games in his career, moving him into a tie with Jahri Evans for 10th place on the club's all-time list.

· Safety J.T. Gray had a first quarter fumble recovery off of a muffed punt that following a replay challenge reversal, gave New Orleans possession at the Carolina 27-yard line to eventually lead to a Saints touchdown.

· The victory is the 202nd home win in Saints franchise history, including games played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Tulane Stadium, San Antonio's Alamodome, and London's Wembley Stadium. New Orleans improves its all-time home record to 209-208-1, including regular and postseason play.

· The Saints' extended their streak to 283 consecutive games without having been shut out, dating to a 26-20 victory at Tampa Bay on September 6, 2002. The streak is the longest running streak in the NFL and fourth longest in league history.

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