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Saints at Chiefs: Postgame Notes

Postgame notes from the Saints Week 7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium

  • With the loss, New Orleans falls to 2-4. The Saints return to action next Sunday, October 30 when they host the Seattle Seahawks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff is 12:00 p.m.
  • QB Drew Brees made his 222nd-career start, completing 37-of-48 pass attempts for 367 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. It was his NFL-record 100th game with at least 300 yards passing, as well as the 54th time that he has completed at least 30 passes, also an NFL-best.
  • On New Orleans' first offensive possession, Brees found WR Brandin Cooks for a nine-yard touchdown, marking the fourth-consecutive game in which they have scored a touchdown on their opening possession, a new franchise best. The 2014 Green Bay Packers were the last team to score a touchdown on their opening drive in four-consecutive contests.
  • With that opening drive touchdown connection in the first quarter, the Saints scored in their 14th-consecutive quarter, setting a new franchise record for scoring in consecutive quarters.
  • Cooks caught seven passes for 58 yards, including the nine-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter to put the Saints on the board. It was the 16th scoring connection between Brees and Cooks, moving him into a tie with RB Darren Sproles for seventh on Brees' all-time touchdown targets list.
  • WR Michael Thomas caught a career-high 10 passes for a career-best 130 yards, marking his first-career game of 100 or more yards. Thomas also became the fourth Saint to post at least 100 yards in a game this season, joining Cooks, WR Willie Snead IV and TE Coby Fleener.
  • Thomas became the third Saints rookie wide receiver to post a 10-catch, 130-yard receiving game, joining Marques Colston (Nov. 12, 2006 at Pittsburgh) and Danny Abramowicz (Oct. 29, 1967 vs. Pittsburgh).
  • RB Mark Ingram posted a three-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, the second touchdown catch of his career, with both of those touchdown catches coming in two of his last three games. He rushed for 62 yards on 16 carries and made four receptions for 20 yards with the score.
  • The Ingram touchdown reception capped a drive that spanned 8:03, the longest Saints scoring drive since Sept. 27, 2015 at Carolina (9:11).
  • Snead IV posted a season-high-tying nine receptions for 87 yards, including a long-reception of 17 yards.
  • RB Tim Hightower, in his most extensive action of the 2016 season, rushed for 39 yards on five attempts, adding five yards on one reception.
  • WR Brandon Coleman caught a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to bring New Orleans within three points. It was his first touchdown reception of the 2016 season and the third of his career.
  • S Kenny Vaccaro played in his 50th-career NFL game today, recording five tackles, four of which were solo stops.
  • LB Nate Stupar made the start and tallied a team-high eight tackles (seven solo) and one pass defensed.
  • DE Darryl Tapp made his first start as a Saint and first since January 3, 2016 at Chicago as a member of the Detroit Lions, finishing with four tackles (three solo).
  • DE Chris McCain played in his first game as a Saint, seeing time on special teams and posting one stop.
  • T Zach Strief appeared in his 146th-career game, moving him into a tie with WR Marques Colston for 13th on the club's all-time games played list.
  • Thomas Morstead, appearing in his 116th-career game, punted four times for 193 yards (48.3 avg.), pinning four of his punts inside the 20-yard line, tying the third-best total of his career.
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