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Saints vs Giants Notebook

    <span>POSTGAME NOTES  

New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints ● Sunday, October 18, 2009

  • The Saints are undefeated after five games for the third time in the 43-year history of the franchise. The 1991 (started 7-0) and 1993 (started 5-0) teams also had 5-0 or better starts.
  • The Saints tied a franchise record by scoring seven touchdowns (scored by seven different players). The only other seven-TD game in Saints history occurred on 11/2/69 at St. Louis in a 51-42 victory.
  • Prior to this season, the Saints had scored 45 or more points only five times in franchise history (51 at STL, 11/2/69; 51 at SEA, 11/21/76; 51 vs. GB, 11/24/08; 45 at ATL, 10/19/03; 45 vs. NYG, 12/14/03). In the first five games this season, the Saints have reached the mark three times ? 45 vs. Detroit, 48 at Philadelphia and 45 today.
  • The 34 first-half points scored by the Saints was one point shy of the franchise record for points scored in the first half. Twice, the Saints have scored 35 first-half points: 12/7/80 at San Francisco and 10/19/03 at Atlanta.
  • QB Drew Brees completed 23 of 30 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns and joined former Saints quarterbacks Aaron Brooks and Archie Manning on a pair of career franchise lists. In the first quarter, Brees became the third quarterback in Saints history with 15,000 yards passing, joining Manning (21,734) and Brooks (19,156) as QBs who have passed for more than 15,000 yards as a Saint. In the second quarter, Brees threw his 100th career touchdown pass as a Saint, joining Brooks (120) and Manning (115) have passed for 100 TDs in a Saints uniform. Brees' career numbers in New Orleans at game's end: 15,310 passing yards and 101 TDs.
  • Brees completed 15 consecutive passes in the first half, the most consecutive completions in a single game in Saints history. Brees holds the franchise record of 17 straight completions over a two-game span on 12/16-23/07. Manning also had 15 straight completions in a two-game span 30 years ago this month (10/14-21/79).
  • Brees' passer rating of 156.8 is the second-highest of his career, topped only by the 157.5 on 11/24/08 vs. Green Bay. The Saints are 9-0 in the last four years when Brees has a passer rating of 130.0 or better and 18-5 when his passer rating is 100.0 or higher.
  • Brees passed for 300 yards for the 26th time in his Saints career, extending his own franchise record. Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees has the most 300-yard passing games in the NFL. Tony Romo (DAL) is second with 18.
  • Brees had four or more touchdown passes for the ninth time in his career, six of which have occurred with the Saints. Brees' career high is six TD passes, set in the 2009 season opener vs. Detroit.
  • TE Jeremy Shockey caught a pass for the 100th consecutive game, the second-longest active streak among tight ends in the NFL behind Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (136 entering tonight vs. Chicago).
  • K John Carney appeared in his 100th game as a Saint, becoming the 42nd player in franchise history to reach the century mark in games played. Carney also became the sixth player in NFL history to appear in 100 games for two different teams (he played in 160 games for San Diego from 1990-2000). Two others on the list are former Saints: K Morten Andersen (NO 196, ATL 124) and C Jerry Fontenot (CHI 128, NO 100). The others are George Blanda (OAK 126, CHI 115), Ed White (MIN 122, SD 119) and Ron McDole (WAS 114, BUF 109).
  • Carney kicked six extra points Sunday to increase his career point total to 1,997. He is three points shy of becoming the fourth player in NFL history to reach 2,000 career points, joining Morten Anderson (2,544), Gary Anderson (2,434) and George Blanda (2,002) in that select club.
  • WR Marques Colston had eight receptions a season-high 166 receiving yards. It is his 12th career 100-yard receiving game and first this season, which ranks third in franchise history behind Joe Horn (27) and Eric Martin (18).
  • Colston, with moved into eighth place on the Saints' career list with 240, passing Deuce McAllister, who had 234 in his career. Next on the list is seventh-place Dalton Hilliard with 249.
  • Colston's third-quarter touchdown catch was the 28th of his career, moving him into sole possession of fourth place on the Saints' career list. Former Saints TE Henry Childs was tied with Colston at 27 TD catches. Horn (50), Martin (49) and Danny Abramowicz (37) rank ahead of Colston in career TD receptions.
  • WR Lance Moore, who was slowed earlier this season by a hamstring injury, had more catches in the first quarter (4) than he had in the first four games combined (3). Moore finished with six catches for 78 yards and a TD.
  • The Giants came into Sunday's game allowing an NFL-best 210.6 yards per game and having held each of their last three opponents below 200 total yards. The Saints had 315 total yards in the first half.
  • In the first half, the Saints had more points (34) and passing yards (247) than the Giants allowed collectively in their last three games (23 points, 230 passing yards).
  • The Saints have forced two or more turnovers in each of their five games this season and have 15 takeaways (11 interceptions, 4 fumbles) this season. In the last four seasons, the Saints have forced 19 (2005), 19 (2006), 23 (2007) and 22 (2008) turnovers.
  • The Saints received the opening kickoff and scored on their first offensive possession for the fifth consecutive game. The last time the Saints scored on the opening possession of five straight games was from Sept. 10-Oct. 15, 1995.
  • The opening drive covered 70 yards in 15 plays and took 7:41, ending with a 2-yard touchdown run by Mike Bell on fourth-and-1. The opening series time of possession is the second longest for the Saints this season, behind an 8:00 drive in the season opener vs. Detroit.
  • Including second-half scoring drives of 5:11 and 5:05, the Saints have nine scoring drives of five minutes or longer this season.
  • Bell's touchdown in the first quarter was the 10th consecutive non-passing touchdown scored by the Saints. After scoring their first nine TDs of the season on Brees passes, the Saints' next 10 TDs were on seven rushes, a fumble recovery and two interception returns. The streak ended on Brees' touchdown pass to Shockey on the Saints' second possession, which was Brees' first TD pass since the third quarter against Philadelphia on 9/20.
  • The blocked extra point by the Giants' Fred Robbins in the second quarter was the first by a Saints opponent since 11/19/06 (Cincinnati's Johnathan Joseph).
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