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Saints vs. Falcons: Postgame Notes

Postgame notes from the Saints Week 3 loss to the Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • With the loss, New Orleans falls to 0-3. The Saints go on the road next week when they visit the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is 3:25 p.m.
  • QB Drew Brees appeared in his 220th-career game and made his 219th-career start, completing 36-of-54 passes for 376 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. It was the 52nd time in his career that he has completed at least 30 passes in a contest, extending his NFL record.
  • Before his fourth-quarter interception, Brees had gone a career-best 305 passing attempts without a pick, the longest streak in the NFL at the time. On a short pass to RB Mark Ingram in the third quarter, Brees reached 300-consecutive pass attempts without an interception, becoming just the fourth quarterback in NFL record books with a streak of 300 or more pass attempts without an interception, joining Tom Brady (358), Alex Smith (312) and Bernie Kosar (308).
  • Brees threw for at least 300 yards for the 98th time in his career, extending his NFL record. He has now thrown for 300 yards or more 13 times on Monday Night Football, also an NFL record.
  • On the opening possession, Brees found TE Coby Fleener for a two-yard touchdown connection. The pass put Brees at 25,001 career passing yards at the Mercedes Benz Superdome during the regular season. Brees' career yardage total at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (25,331) is only exceeded by Tom Brady's career passing yardage at Gillette Stadium (27,097), John Elway's at Mile High Stadium (27,889) and Brett Favre's at Lambeau Field (28,240).
  • On the touchdown strike to Fleener, Brees extended his NFL record to 57 consecutive home games with at least one touchdown pass.
  • Fleener made seven receptions for 109 yards with one touchdown, making him the 54th player to catch a touchdown from Brees over his career, as well as the 39th different Saint to do so. It was his first 100-yard receiving game as a Saint and the fourth of his career. Fleener last reached 100 yards receiving as a member of the Indianapolis Colts on November 30, 2014 against Washington (4 rec., 127 yards).
  • WR Michael Thomas made the start and caught a career-high seven passes for a career-best 71 yards, including a three-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, the first of his career. Thomas became the 55th player to catch a touchdown from Brees over his career, as well as the 40th different Saint.
  • With Fleener and Thomas catching their first touchdowns as Saints, it marked the first time since November 30, 2014 at Pittsburgh that two Saints caught their first touchdowns with the team in the same game. On that day, both FB Erik Lorig and WR Nick Toon found the end zone for the first time in their Saints careers.
  • WR Brandon Coleman posted a season-high seven receptions for a season-high 78 yards, including a long-reception of 28 yards on a flea-flicker on the Saints' opening possession.
  • Ingram carried 15 times for 77 yards and added four catches for 30 yards, including a five-yard touchdown, his first career scoring grab. He also converted a two-point conversion attempt in the third quarter.
  • WR Tommylee Lewis caught three passes for 43 yards, including a long-reception of 26 yards.
  • RB Travaris Cadet caught a career-high-tying six passes for 32 yards, including a long-catch of 25 yards.
  • DT Nick Fairley made the start, finishing with seven tackles (four solo), while adding 1.5 sacks, his first quarterback takedowns as a Saint.
  • LB Craig Robertson led the team in tackles for the third-consecutive game, recording 11 stops, five of which were solo.
  • DE Cameron Jordan made his 68th-consecutive start, posting four tackles (one solo) and adding one half sack.
  • S Roman Harper played in his 111th-career game as a Saint tonight, moving him into sole possession of 32nd on the all-time Saints games played list, moving past P Tommy Barnhardt. With three tackles tonight, he now has 749 stops over his Black and Gold career.
  • CB Ken Crawley made his first-career start, posting four solo tackles and a team-leading two passes defensed.
  • K Wil Lutz converted on a 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, marking the third-longest field goal in franchise history, matching Kai Forbath's 57-yarder at Houston last year. He was also three-for-three on extra points.
  • T Zach Strief appeared in his 143rd-career game, moving him into a tie for 15th place on the franchise's all-time games played list with WR Eric Martin.
  • G Tim Lelito played in his 50th-career game tonight, making the start as a blocking tight end.

Check out the action on the field between the Saints and Falcons.

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