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Saints Postgame Notes

*Sunday's win improved the Saints to 6-3, one-half game ahead of the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. Tampa Bay dropped to 4-4, 1 1/2 games behind the Saints.
*Sunday's attendance of 73,043 is the largest ever to see a Saints game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The previous high of 73,019 was set on Sept. 18 against Chicago. As part of the Dome's renovation that was completed prior to this season, capacity was increased by approximately 3,000.
*QB Drew Brees completed 27 of 36 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He compiled a passer rating of 101.4, the 40th time in his six seasons as a Saint that Brees has posted a triple-digit passer rating. The Saints are 33-7 in those games.
*Brees has passed for 3,004 yards this season, his eighth consecutive year of 3,000 or more yards passing. Brees is the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 3,000 yards in the first nine games of a season. In 2008, Brees had 2,985 yards through nine games – the previous league high mark at this point of the season.
*Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 36 consecutive games, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history with Brett Favre. Johnny Unitas holds the NFL record of 47.
*Brees moved up several other NFL all-time lists on Sunday. He moved past Dave Krieg into 13th place for career passing yards (38,360), broke a tie with Dan Fouts and passed Sonny Jurgensen to reach 12th place in career TD passes (256) and moved past Joe Montana for 10th place in career completions (3,414).
*Brees extended his own NFL record by completing 20 or more passes for the 29th consecutive game.
*RB Darren Sproles (56) and TE Jimmy Graham (55) are the first running back/tight end combination in NFL history to each have 50 or more receptions in the first nine games of a season.
*Sproles rushed for 42 yards on four carries. He has 347 rushing yards this season, a career-best total.
*As a team, the Saints rushed for 195 yards on 28 attempts, an average of seven yards per carry. Chris Ivory led the Saints with 67 yards on 15 carries. The Saints are 6-0 this season when they have 100 or more yards rushing.
*RB Pierre Thomas' third-quarter touchdown run was the 20th rushing TD of his career, tying him with Mario Bates for seventh on the club's all-time list.
*WR Marques Colston's five receptions Sunday increased his career total to 403. Colston is the third player in Saints history to surpass 400 career catches. He joins Eric Martin (532) and Joe Horn (523) in the 400 club.
*WR Lance Moore's first-quarter TD reception was the 25th of his career, moving him into a sixth-place tie with Quinn Early on the Saints' career list for receiving TDs.
*LB Jonathan Casillas led the defense with 10 tackles.
*S Roman Harper's second-quarter sack increased his career high total to 4.5, tying him for the team lead with Will Smith. The 4.5 sacks are the most in a season by a Saints safety. Harper has 15 sacks since 2006, the most by any NFL safety.
*K John Kasay's first extra point was the 1,900th point of his 21-year NFL career. Kasay is the eighth player in NFL history to top the 1,900-point mark.

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