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Saints vs Panthers Game Notes

    <span style="">                 <span style="text-decoration: underline;">POSTGAME NOTES</span>   

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints ● Sunday, November 08, 2009

* The Saints are 8-0 for the first time in franchise history. The 1991 team started 7-0 before losing for the first time, which was the previous best start. The Saints and the [Indianapolis Colts]( (also 8-0) are the only two undefeated teams remaining in the NFL in 2009.  
* The Saints moved within one victory of matching the longest winning streak in franchise history. Twice, New Orleans has won nine consecutive games: from November 1-December 27, 1987 and from December 23, 1990-October 20, 1991.  
* For the second time in club history, the Saints have scored 30 or more points in four consecutive games. The only other such streak was in the final two games of last season and the first two games of this year. The Saints have scored 30  points in eight of their last 10 games.  
* QB Drew Brees completed 24 of 35 passes for 330 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Brees moved into 40th place in career passing yards in NFL history with 28,594, passing former LSU quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle along with Trent Green on Sunday.  
* Brees extended his own franchise record with his 27th career 300-yard passing game. It is one of 14 franchise records held by Brees.  
* Brees started each half with nine consecutive completions. There was a huge disparity in yardage in those streaks; in the first half, the nine completions covered 60 yards, but in the second half, they covered 190 yards.  
* DE Will Smith had his second consecutive game with a career high-tying two sacks, improving his career total to 43. It's the sixth time in his career Smith has had two sacks in a game, and his second career stretch of back-to-back two-sack games.  
* DT Anthony Hargrove recovered the fumble caused by Smith, his first fumble recovery since 2005 when Hargrove played for the [St. Louis Rams]( Moments later, Hargrove recovered (and forced) a second fumble and returned it 1 yard for a touchdown, the first of his career.  
* Hargrove's fumble return is the seventh defensive touchdown scored by the Saints this season (five interceptions, two fumbles). The Saints have scored defensive touchdowns in three consecutive games.  
* Smith's forced fumble on the fourth-down, fourth-quarter sack of Jake Delhomme was the 15th FF of his career.  
* S Roman Harper had a career-high 12 tackles Sunday. His previous career best was 11 against Green Bay 9/17/06.  
* CB Tracy Porter forced two fumbles in the game, the first of his career (13 games).  
* WR Robert Meachem had five receptions for 98 yards, falling one yard short of his career high of 99 set last year vs. San Francisco.  
* TE Jeremy Shockey caught a pass for the 103rd consecutive game, the second-longest active streak among tight ends in the NFL behind Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (140). Shockey had three receptions for 26 yards. Shockey now has 5,113 career receiving yards and moved into 23rd place among tight ends in career yards. He passed Mickey Shuler and Charlie Young on Sunday.  
* Through the first 7 1/2 games of the season, the Saints had two plays from scrimmage of more than 50 yards. They doubled that total in the third quarter on a pair of Drew Brees passes, of 63 yards to Devery Henderson and 54 yards (for a touchdown) to Robert Meachem. The two previous 50  yard plays were a 58-yard touchdown pass to Henderson in the season opener vs. Detroit and a 66-yard pass to Jeremy Shockey at Miami.  
* Carolina's opening drive of the second half that led to a field goal took 9:46 off the clock, the longest scoring drive in terms of time of possession against the Saints this season. Coincidentally, the longest drive of 2008 – 9:31 – was also by the Panthers and also ended in a field goal.  

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