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Saints Postgame Notes

Saints set team record in points

*The win improved the Saints' record to 5-2, one game in front of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.
*The Saints set or tied several franchise records in Sunday night's win. Most notably was the 62 points scored, which shattered the previous Saints record of 51, set on three occasions – 1969 at St. Louis Cardinals, 1976 at Seattle and 2008 at home vs. Green Bay.
*The 62 points matches the highest single-game total in the NFL since the 1970 merger. Eight teams have exceeded the 62-point mark, but none since 1966.
*The 55-point margin of victory was not only a franchise mark (surpassing the 42-point victory over Denver in 1988), but it marked only the second time since 1989 that any NFL team has won by 50 or more points (New England 59, Tennessee 0, 2009).
*Other team scoring marks: eight touchdowns, eight PATs and 21 first-quarter points.
*The Saints' offense rolled up 36 first downs, also a franchise record. The previous mark of 32 was achieved four times, most recently against Detroit in 2008. The NFL single-game record is 39.
*K John Kasay set a single-game franchise mark with eight successful PATs.
*The Saints finished with 557 total yards, tying the second-highest single-game total in franchise history. New Orleans had 236 yards rushing and 321 yards passing.
*QB Drew Brees completed 89 percent of his passes, the second-best single-game completion percentage in Saints history and the best by a QB with at least 20 attempts. Brees went 31 of 35 for 325 yards and five touchdowns. He finished with a passer rating of 144.9.
*Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 34 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in NFL history. Johnny Unitas holds the NFL record of 47. Brett Favre is second with 36.
*In the first quarter, Brees became the 15th quarterback in NFL history to reach 250 career touchdown passes. Brees now has 253 career TD tosses; he passed Drew Bledsoe (251) in the third quarter for 14th place.
*WR Marques Colston had a pair of first-quarter TD receptions. It was the 10th multiple touchdown game of Colston's career and his first since a Dec. 12, 2010 win against St. Louis.
*TE Jimmy Graham also caught two TD passes. Though his streak of 100-yard receiving games was snapped at four, Graham had his second career multi-TD game (also at Baltimore on Dec. 19, 2010).
*The game marked the first time two Saints had at least two scoring grabs in the same game since Colston and WR Robert Meachem did vs. Seattle on Nov. 21, 2010.
*RB Pierre Thomas had 10 carries for 57 yards and five receptions for 68 yards, including a career-long 57-yard grab in the first quarter that helped set up New Orleans' second touchdown of the game.
*RB Darren Sproles had 190 all-purpose yards, increasing his season total to 1,115. He had 12 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown, six receptions for 19 yards and another score, and added 83 yards in returns. Sproles maintained his NFL lead in all-purpose yards, remaining 24 yards ahead of Chicago's Matt Forte.
*FB Jed Collins had a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. In only five offensive touches this season, Collins has three touchdowns.
*LB Jonathan Vilma had four total tackles and a first quarter fumble recovery that set up New Orleans' first touchdown of the contest.
*DT Tom Johnson had four tackles and the first forced fumble of his career.
*Rookie DE Cameron Jordan had three tackles and a fumble recovery, the first of his NFL career.
*LB Jonathan Casillas had a team-leading five tackles and one sack to give him three for the season, which ranks second on the team.
*New Orleans' record in primetime under head coach Sean Payton improved to 12-6. Since Payton took the reins, the Saints are 4-0 playing on Sunday evenings.
*Sunday night's game marked the 10th regular season performance of at least 40 points since Payton became head coach and the 23rd 40-point game in franchise history.
*New Orleans leads the all-time regular-season series against Indianapolis 6-5. The Colts are the ninth NFL team the Saints have an all-time winning record against.
*The Saints did not commit a turnover and are now 16-0 under Sean Payton when playing turnover-free football.
*The Saints' defense forced three turnovers, including an interception return for a touchdown by Leigh Torrence. Under Payton, the Saints are 19-2 when forcing three or more turnovers.

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