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Saints Postgame Notes: September 11, 2016

A look at the key stats from the Saints opener against the Raiders

  • With the loss, New Orleans opens the 2016 season 0-1. The Saints open their road schedule on Sunday, September 18 when they visit MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants. Kickoff is 12:00 p.m.
  • QB Drew Brees played in his 218th career game, moving him into a tie for 11th place in games played among quarterbacks all-time with Sonny Jurgensen. He was 28-of-42 for 423 yards, four touchdowns and a 131.3 passer rating. Today marked the 80th time in his career that he has posted a passer rating of at least 100, the most since 2006, ahead of Tom Brady (73) and Philip Rivers (71). It was the 28th time in his career that he has thrown at least four touchdowns in a contest.
  • Breesthrew for at least 400 yards for the 14th time in his career, tying Peyton Manning for the most in league history.
  • In the third quarter, Brees found WR Brandin Cooks for a 98-yard touchdown, the longest pass play of his career, surpassing an 86-yard touchdown completion from Brees to WR Marques Colston at Carolina on October 1, 2006.
  • The pass play between Brees and Cooks was the longest pass play in franchise history and the longest scoring offensive play in franchise history. Previously, the longest scoring offensive play was a 90-yard touchdown from Billy Joe Hobert to Eddie Kennison vs. Atlanta on October 10, 1999. The longest pass play in franchise history occurred in the franchise's inaugural season, a 96-yard completion from Billy Kilmer to Walt Roberts on November 19, 1967 vs. Philadelphia.
  • The 98-yard scoring connection was the 23rd play of 98 yards or more in NFL history, and was the longest since a 99-yard scoring play between QB Eli Manning and WR Victor Cruz vs. the New York Jets on December 24, 2011.
  • In the second quarter, Brees connected with WR Willie Snead IV on a one-yard touchdown, marking his 429th-career touchdown pass, surpassing Tom Brady for sole possession of third place on the NFL's all-time passing touchdowns list. With his 15-yard scoring throw to WR Brandin Cooks in the second quarter, he reached 350 touchdown passes over his New Orleans career.
  • Brees connected with RB Mark Ingram on a nine-yard gain in the first quarter, marking his 212th-consecutive pass attempt against Oakland without an interception, the longest streak of his career against any opponent. It is now the longest current streak any active quarterback has against an opponent, ahead of Colin Kaepernick vs. the Rams (211) and Tom Brady vs. the Steelers (210).
  • Dating back to December 6, 2015 vs. Carolina, Brees has not thrown an interception in 224 consecutive attempts, the longest current streak in the NFL. The longest he has gone without throwing a pick is in 232 consecutive attempts during the 2011 season.
  • Breeshas now thrown for 4,306 yards on kickoff weekend, joining Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards on opening weekend over their careers.
  • Dating back to the 2015 season, Breeshas now thrown for at least 300 yards passing in five-consecutive contests. It was Brees' 97th-career game with at least 300 passing yards, the most in NFL history. Brees has now thrown for at least 300 yards in six-consecutive week one games, surpassing a record previously held by Kurt Warner (1999-2003).
  • Brees threw for 350 yards for the 50th time in his career, extending his NFL record, ahead of Tom Brady (37) and Peyton Manning (35).
  • Brees and Cooks have now connected on touchdowns 14 times, moving Cooks into sole possession of eighth place in Brees' all-time touchdown pass targets past running backs Reggie Bush (2006-10) and Pierre Thomas (2007-14).
  • In the third quarter, Cooks caught a 98-yard touchdown, marking the longest catch of his career. He finished the contest with six receptions for a career-high 143 yards with two touchdowns. It was the third time in his career that he has caught at least two touchdowns.
  • Snead IV caught nine passes for a career-high 172 yards and one touchdown, including a 49-yard reception in the first quarter that set New Orleans up inside the Oakland 10-yard line. He would finish the drive catching his fourth-career touchdown.
  • It was the first dual 100-yard receiving performance by two Saints since Wide Receiver Marques Colston (114) and tight end Benjamin Watson (147) on November 1, 2015 vs. The New York Giants.
  • WRMichael Thomascaught an 11-yard pass in the second quarter that gained a first down, his first-career reception. He posted six receptions for 58 yards and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to set New Orleans up inside the 10-yard line.
  • LB Craig Robertson made the start and posted a team-leading 11 tackles, eight of which were solo tackles, also a team best.
  • DE Cameron Jordan made his 65th-consecutive start, the third-longest current games started streak among NFL defensive ends. He finished the contest with one tackle for loss.
  • LB James Laurinaitis, who has never missed a game in his eight-year NFL career, played in his 113th-consecutive game, which stands as the second-longest current consecutive games played streak among NFL linebackers. He recorded seven tackles (three solo).
  • CB P.J. Williams made his first-career start at cornerback, tallying five tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed.
  • DE Paul Kruger played in his 100th-career contest today, posting one tackle.
  • S Roman Harper appeared in his 109th-career game as a Saint, moving him into a tie for 33rd all-time on the Saints games played list with Tackle Dave Lafary and cornerback Fred Thomas.
  • K Wil Lutz converted on a 42-yard field goal to open the scoring for New Orleans in the first quarter, connecting on his first-career field goal attempt.
  • P Thomas Morstead played in his 111th career game today, moving into sole possession of 31st in club record books in games played, surpassing a tie with Tommy Barnhardt for most games played by a punter.
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