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Saints Postgame Notes

Sproles sets NFL postseason record with 15 receptions

*Saints coach Sean Payton is now 5-3 as a head coach in the postseason. Payton led the Saints into a playoff game for the eighth time Saturday; prior to Payton's arrival, the franchise had played a total of six playoff games.
*QB Drew Brees completed 40 of 63 passes for 466 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.  
*In eight career postseason games with the Saints, Brees has 19 touchdown passes and three interceptions.
*Brees' first quarter interception was his first in his last 237 passing attempts in the postseason dating back to the NFC Championship Game at Chicago on January 21, 2007.
*After Pierre Thomas was forced out of the game in the first half with a head injury, RB Darren Sproles saw extensive action in a receiving role for New Orleans as he set an NFL record with 15 receptions for 119 yards. Sproles set an NFL record for receptions in a postseason contest that was previously shared by four players, including RB Chad Morton, who had 13 receptions in the NFC Divisional Playoff at Minnesota on January 6, 2001. Ivory took on the role of lead carrier and had 9 carries for 23 yards.
*WR Marques Colston caught 9 passes for 136 yards with a second quarter 25-yard touchdown grab. It was the second consecutive and second overall 100-yards receiving game in the postseason for the wideout. Colston is now tied with WR Willie Jackson (2000 postseason) with the most 100-yard playoff games in franchise history.
*After San Francisco scored on three of their first four drives, New Orleans did not allow the 49ers to convert on their next four drives.
*S Roman Harper had 8 tackles and his first quarter third down sack of San Francisco QB Alex Smith resulted in a 16-yard loss and forced the 49ers to punt. He later split a sack with LB Martez Wilson. For Harper, who had 7.5 sacks to lead the team on the season and the second-highest single-season total by an NFL defensive back in league record books, it was his first career takedowns in the postseason.

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