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Saints at Chargers: Postgame Notes

Postgame notes from the Saints Week 4 win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium

  • With the win, New Orleans improves to 1-3. The Saints head into their bye next week and will return to the field October 16 when they host the visiting Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff is 12:00 p.m.
  • New Orleans won despite only 275 yards of offense, the fewest yards in a win since signing QB Drew Brees in 2006.
  • Brees made his 220th-career start, completing 23-of-36 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. In the fourth quarter, with the Saints down six points, he led a game-winning seven-play drive that spanned 31 yards, ending with a one-yard touchdown run by FB John Kuhn. It was Brees' 27th game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime to lead the Saints to victory from a deficit or tie, the fourth-best total in the NFL since 2006. He now owns 37 regular season game-winning drives over his career.
  • RB Mark Ingram rushed for 57 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown, a one-yard score to put New Orleans on the board on their opening possession of the contest. The rushing touchdown was his first of the season and the 27th of his career, moving him into a tie with Tony Galbreath (1976-80) for fifth on the franchise's all-time rushing touchdowns list. He also posted a team-high six receptions for a team-best 49 yards.
  • Ingram finished today's contest with 3,417-career rushing yards, surpassing Rueben Mays to move into fifth place on the franchise's all-time rushing yards list.
  • Kuhn made a four-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, the ninth receiving score of his career (first since Oct. 23, 2011 at Minnesota) and his first as a Saint, making him the 56th player to catch a touchdown from Brees over his career and 41st different Saint to do so. He added two rushing touchdowns and five yards on three attempts. Today marked the second time in his career that he has scored three touchdowns in one game, last doing so on December 26, 2010 against the New York Giants.
  • WR Michael Thomas made the start and caught four passes for 44 yards, including a five-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, his second of the season.
  • RB Daniel Lasco saw his most extensive action on offense to date, posting his first-career reception in the first quarter, a seven-yard catch, followed by his first-career rushing attempt on the next play from scrimmage, a two-yard gain. He totaled 12 yards on four carries and seven yards on one reception.
  • LB Nate Stupar made his second start of the season and the fifth start of his career, recording a career-high eight solo tackles and one fumble recovery, the second of his career. He added one special teams stop.
  • CB B.W. Webb, making his first start as a Saint and the third of his career, posted a game-clinching interception of QB Philip Rivers in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, his second-career interception. He finished with three solo tackles, the pick and a team-best three passes defensed.
  • DT Nick Fairley made the start, finishing with three tackles (two solo), while adding 1.5 sacks.
  • CB Ken Crawley started and posted seven tackles (six solo) and one pass defensed.
  • DE Cameron Jordan made his 69th-consecutive start, posting four solo tackles, one forced fumble and one sack.
  • S Vonn Bell registered six solo tackles and one forced fumble.
  • LB Craig Robertson made the start and tallied six solo tackles and one pass defensed.
  • DE Paul Kruger made the start and posted his first-career sack as a Saint, sharing a takedown with Fairley. He recorded two solo tackles and one pass defensed.
  • DE Darryl Tapp appeared in his 150th-career game, posting one solo tackle and one fumble recovery, the 10th recovered fumble of his 11-year career.
  • T Zach Strief played in his 144th-career game, moving him into a tie with LS Kevin Houser (2000-08) for 14th place on the franchise's all-time games played list.
  • OL Landon Turner made his first-career appearance, making the start as a blocking tight end.
  • P Thomas Morstead booted five punts for 256 yards (51.2 avg.), placing one of his punts inside the 20 yard line.
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