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Saints Postgame Notes

Brees has thrown a TD in 37 straight games, second longest streak in NFL history

*New Orleans improves to 7-3 going into their week 11 bye, one-and-a-half games ahead of the second-place Falcons.
*This was the first overtime contest since a 27-24 loss by New Orleans to the Falcons at the Superdome on September 26, 2010. It's New Orleans' first overtime win since a 33-30 victory at Washington on December 6, 2009.
*The Saints have won 10 straight November games.
*After ranking last in the NFL in opponent red zone touchdown percentage (71.4%) going into the game, the New Orleans defense held Atlanta's offense to field goals inside the 20 on three-of-three occasions. The New Orleans defense also stopped Atlanta on 5-of-16 third down attempts.
*QB Drew Brees has now thrown a touchdown pass in 37 consecutive games, surpassing Brett Favre for sole possession of second place for the longest streak in NFL history. Johnny Unitas holds the NFL record of 47.
*Brees completed 30-43 passes for 322 yards with two touchdown passes.
*Brees extended his own NFL record by completing 20 or more passes for the 30th consecutive game.
*Brees now has 51 career 300-yard passing games, tying Hall of Famer Dan Fouts for fifth most all-time.
*The New Orleans offense kept Brees' jersey clean for the second consecutive week by not surrendering a sack after he was sacked six times against the Rams (most as a Saint)
*Brees now has 3,326 passing yards on the year, the highest passing yardage total by an NFL player through the first ten games of an NFL season.
*WR Marques Colston led New Orleans in receiving with 113 receiving yards on eight receptions. It was the 18th 100-yard receiving game in Colston's career, tying him for second in the franchise record books with WR Eric Martin (1985-93).
*TE Jimmy Graham finished second on the team in receiving with seven receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown.
*Graham now has 62 receptions for 873 yards with six touchdowns.
*Graham's reception total is the most by a Saints tight end all-time surpassing Wesley Walls (57-1995).
*Graham's 873 receiving yards are the highest total by a Saints tight end behind Henry Childs, who previously held the top two totals (869-1978, 846-1979).
*WR Robert Meachem's third-quarter 33-yard TD reception was the 21st of his career, moving him into a ninth-place tie with TE Hoby Brenner on the Saints' career list for receiving TDs.
*LB Scott Shanle had nine tackles, but it was his fourth quarter interception of Falcons QB Matt Ryan that was a momentum-changer as it set up a field goal that gave the Saints a 20-13 lead.
*S Roman Harper's second-quarter sack increased his career-high total to 6.5, total that is tied with Green Bay's LeRoy Butler (1996) for the third most in NFL history by an NFL defensive back. Arizona S Adrian Wilson holds the NFL single-season record with eight in 2005. Harper has 16 sacks since 2006, the most by any NFL safety. Harper also led the defense with 13 total tackles against the Falcons.
*K John Kasay's first quarter 52-yard field goal was the 42nd of his career from 50 yards out or more. Kasay's 42 field goals of 50-or-more are ranked second in league record books to Detroit's Jason Hanson (49). Kasay later would make 48- and 44-yard field goals in the fourth quarter to extend New Orleans' lead.
*New Orleans' punt unit also enjoyed a banner day as three of Thomas Morstead's four punts gave Atlanta field position inside the ten-yard line.

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