With the win, New Orleans improves to 11-3 and finishes its regular season home slate with a 6-2 record. The Saints clinch at least 11 wins for the third consecutive season, 10th time in franchise history, and seventh time since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006. The Saints have also won at least six home games in three consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
New Orleans returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 22 when it takes on the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Kickoff is set for noon CT.
With the win, New Orleans improves its all-time regular season record against the Colts to 8-5 and improves its home record against the Colts to 5-2 all time.
Playing on "Monday Night Football" for the 44th time in franchise history, the Saints even their record at 22-22. New Orleans has now won four consecutive games on "Monday Night Football," including two in 2018 and a 30-28 victory over the Houston Texans in Week 1 of 2019. The win also improves the Saints' all-time record in games played in prime time to 50-44. For Payton, Colts Coach Frank Reich is the 64th coach he has defeated in his career and 47th coach he has a winning mark against. Payton's regular season and postseason combined record against the Colts improves to 3-1 and 2-0 in games played at home. The victory gives Payton 137 for his career, including regular and postseason games, which breaks a tie with Hank Stram for sole possession of 26th all-time in NFL record books.
Defensively, the Saints held Indianapolis to seven points and 205 yards, both season lows for the Colts. The Saints held their opponent to less than 10 points for the third time this season. The Colts rushed for 46 yards and passed for 159 yards, marking the fifth time that the Saints have surrendered less than 50 rushing yards in 2019 and the third time New Orleans has surrendered less than 160 passing yards this season. 205 total yards allowed is a new season-low for New Orleans. New Orleans also extends its streak to 40 consecutive games, including both regular and postseason, without allowing a 100-yard rusher.
Offensively, New Orleans scored 34 points and accumulated 424 yards, 117 rushing yards and 307 passing yards. The Saints have scored at least 30 points in nine of their 14 games this season and four of their last five games. The Saints passed for at least 300 yards and rushed for at least 100 yards in the same game for the sixth time this season.
Quarterback Drew Brees finished with 307 yards and four touchdowns on 29-of-30 passing. With his third touchdown pass, a 5-yard pass to tight end Josh Hill, Brees set a NFL all-time record for career touchdown passes with 540, passing the record of 539 held by Peyton Manning. Brees threw for at least four touchdowns for the 36th game in his career, also an NFL record, surpassing Peyton Manning's 35 four-touchdown games. Brees now has passed for 21 touchdowns this season, his 16th season with at least 20 touchdown passes.
By completing 96.7 percent of his passes, Brees set an NFL record for completion percentage in a game (with a minimum of 20 attempts). Brees also finished with a career-high and franchise-best 22 consecutive completions.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas finished with 12 receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown. Thomas now has a career-high 133 receptions this season, which breaks his own franchise record set last season for receptions in a season (125). With two games left, Thomas' 133 receptions are the fourth most in a season all-time. With four more receptions, Thomas will have the second most receptions in any season all-time. He needs 11 more catches to break Marvin Harrison's record of 143 in 2002.
Thomas recorded at least 10 receptions for the eighth time this season, which breaks a tie with Andre Johnson and Wes Welker for most such games in a single season in the Super Bowl era.
The Saints' extended their streak to 286 consecutive games without having been shut out, dating to a 26-20 win at Tampa Bay on Sept. 6, 2002. The streak is the longest running streak in the National Football League and fourth-longest in league history.
The victory is the 203rd home regular season 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 210-209-1, including regular and postseason play.
Punter Thomas Morstead averaged 43.5 yards on two punts, including one that was downed inside the 20-yard line. Morstead has now played in 172 games in his career, breaking a tie with defensive lineman Wayne Martin for sole possession of eighth place on the club's all-time games played list.
Kicker Wil Lutz has now converted 16 consecutive field goals, connecting on a 33-yarder with 7:28 to play in the first quarter and a 26-yarder as time expired in the first half. Lutz is tied with Harrison Butker of Kansas City for the NFL lead with 31 made field goals this season.
After missing last week's game vs. San Francisco, linebacker AJ Klein finished with a season-high six tackles, two quarterback hits, and split a sack with defensive end Trey Hendrickson.
Safety CJ Gardner-Johnson finished with a team-leading and season-high eight tackles, adding two tackles for loss, and one pass defense.
Linebacker Demario Davis finished with three tackles, moving his season total to 98. With two more stops, Davis will have 100 for the third consecutive season and sixth time overall in his eight-year NFL career. Davis also added two pass defenses, and now has a new career-high 11 pass breakups this season.
Running back Latavius Murray rushed for 29 yards on nine attempts and added two receptions for 20 yards. Murray now has 122 carries this season, and records his fifth consecutive season with at least 120 rushing attempts.
Fullback Zach Line carried the ball twice for four yards, both of which went for first downs to extend the Saints third scoring drive of the game, a 10-play, 85-yard drive that resulted in Tre'Quan Smith's 21-yard touchdown reception.
Running back Dwayne Washington finished with 20 yards on three carries, his second game recording a rushing attempt this season (Washington also carried the ball three times for 38 yards against Arizona on Oct. 27). Washington also made an impact on special teams, deflecting Rigoberto Sanchez's first punt, which gave New Orleans the ball on Indianapolis' 33-yard line for the first possession. New Orleans would go on to kick a 33-yard field goal on the drive.
Wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith caught one pass, a 21-yard touchdown reception from Brees with 6:18 to play in the second quarter. This is the second game this season in which Smith has scored on his lone reception, as he scored a 13-yard touchdown on his only reception against Carolina on Nov. 24. Smith has now scored four touchdowns this season, and needs one more to match his five scores from his rookie year in 2018.
Tight end Jared Cook recorded four receptions for 54 yards, and now has 38 receptions. With two more catches, Cook will record 40 receptions in a season for the seventh time in his career. · Quarterback Taysom Hill recorded his ninth career touchdown reception, and fifth this season, finishing with two receptions for 42 yards, two carries for one yard, and the one touchdown reception. Hill has recorded 16 receptions, 182 receiving yards, and five receiving touchdowns this season, all career highs.
Running back Alvin Kamara finished with 66 rushing yards on 14 carries and added 23 receiving yards on five receptions. Kamara now has 2,289 rushing yards on 2,020 receving yards in his career, joining Christian McCaffery, Roger Craig, and Herschel Walker as only the fourth running back to have at least 2,000 yards rushing and receiving in first three NFL seasons.
Kamara needs 15 receiving yards over the final two games to become the third player with at least 500 receiving yards and 500 rushing yards in each of his first three seasons, joining Abner Haynes (1960-62) and Herschel Walker (1986-88).