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    <span style="">POSTGAME NOTES  

New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints ● Sunday, October 4, 2009

  • The Saints are undefeated after four games for the third time in the 43-year history of the franchise. The 1991 (started 7-0) and 1993 (started 5-0) teams also had 4-0 or better starts.
  • The Saints forced four turnovers, two of which directly resulted in touchdowns. The Saints have 13 takeaways (10 interceptions, three fumbles) in the first four games.
  • QB Drew Brees completed 20 of 32 passes for 190 yards Sunday, moving him within 59 yards of becoming the third quarterback in Saints history with 15,000 yards passing. Only Archie Manning and Aaron Brooks have passed for more than 15,000 yards as a Saint.
  • For the second consecutive home game, S Darren Sharper had two interceptions. He returned the first one 99 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, which is a Saints franchise record for longest interception return. Sharper (9/20 vs. Philadelphia) and Tommy Myers (9/3/78) co-held the record with a 97-yard return.
  • The two interceptions give Sharper 59 in his 13-year NFL career, which moves him past Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas into sole possession of ninth place on the league career list.
  • Of Sharper's 59 career picks, 10 have been returned for touchdowns, putting him in sole possession of second place on the NFL all-time list behind only Rod Woodson, who has 12.
  • Sharper's five interceptions this season, which lead the NFL, have resulted in 275 yards in returns (a new single-season franchise record; previous mark 198 by Gene Atkins in 1991) and two touchdowns (which ties the Saints season record).
  • Sharper had a team-leading eight tackles to surpass the 1,000 mark in total tackles for his career. He now has 1,006 career tackles. Sharper reached the milestone on a first-quarter tackle of Jets RB Leon Washington.
  • DT Remi Ayodele's fumble recovery in the end zone in the second quarter was the first fumble recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by the Saints since DT Austin Robbins against St. Louis on 11/15/98.
  • The last time the Saints scored more than one defensive touchdown in a game was 12/13/98 vs. Atlanta, when the defense scored touchdowns on a Fred Weary interception return and Mark Fields fumble return.
  • DE Charles Grant had two sacks Sunday, increasing his career total to 45.5, tied for seventh in franchise history with Jim Wilks. Grant, who has 3.5 sacks in the last two games, had his first two-sack game since Week 4 of last season against San Francisco. His career high is 3.0 sacks on 9/26/04 vs. St. Louis.
  • For the second consecutive week, RB Pierre Thomas was a second-half workforce. After rushing for 126 yards on 14 carries last week against Buffalo, all in the second half, Thomas had 81 of his 86 rushing yards against the Jets after halftime and scored the Saints' final touchdown in the fourth quarter. Thomas had four rushes for five yards in the first half, but averaged 5.4 yards on 15 carries in the second half.
  • WR Marques Colston caught two passes for 33 yards Sunday and moved past former Saints TE Henry Childs into sixth place on the club's all-time list for receiving yards. Colston has 3,228 career yards, four more than Childs (1974-80).
  • Colston has 232 career receptions, moving within two of eighth place Deuce McAllister on the Saints' career list.
  • TE Jeremy Shockey caught a pass for the 99th consecutive game, the second-longest active streak among tight ends in the NFL behind Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (134).
  • The Saints scored on their first offensive possession for the fourth consecutive week. A 13-play, 60-yard drive ended in a 34-yard John Carney field goal.
  • The opening drive took 6:54 off the clock, the second-longest scoring drive of the year for New Orleans. The Saints' final touchdown against Detroit (9/13) came at the end of a drive that took exactly 8:00.
  • The Saints' fourth-quarter touchdown drive also was time consuming, using 6:49. The Saints have six scoring drives of five minutes or longer this season.
  • For the third time in four weeks, the Saints have defeated a team in which it entered 2009 tied in the all-time series. Thanks to victories this season, the Saints now have all-time series leads on Detroit (10-9-1), Buffalo (5-4) and the Jets (6-5). New Orleans also holds the all-time series lead over Tampa Bay (20-14) and is tied in the all-time series with Houston (1-1), Indianapolis (5-5), Jacksonville (2-2), Oakland (5-5-1) and Seattle (5-5).
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