Week 17 Postame Notes: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • With the loss, the Saints finished 11-5 in the regular season, clinching their first NFC South division title since 2011, the franchise’s sixth division title overall and their fourth under Coach Sean Payton since he took over in 2006. The Saints will host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 3:40 p.m. CT in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
  • The Saints currently have a streak of 256 games without having been shut out, dating to a 26-20 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 6, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium, the longest running streak in the National Football League.
  • QB Drew Brees started his 190th career game as a Saint, putting him in sole possession of third place in club record books for games played past defensive lineman Frank Warren. He completed 22-of-30 passes (73.3 percent) for 245 yards, one touchdown pass and a 108.3 passer rating. Brees once again owns the NFL’s single-season completion percentage record (72.0 percent), surpassing Sam Bradford who set the record last year at 71.6 percent.
  • RB Mark Ingram finished with a team-high 13 carries for 35 yards. He also had four catches for 19 yards. Ingram finished the regular season with 1,124 yards rushing in 2017. With 35 rushing yards, he joined McAllister (2002-03) as only the second Saint to have at least two consecutive 1,100-yard rushing seasons. Ingram has a career-high 1,540 total yards from scrimmage, becoming the sixth Saint with 1,500 total yards from scrimmage in a season, joining McAllister (2002-03), George Rogers (1981), Hilliard (1989), Ricky Williams (2001) and Chuck Muncie (1979). Ingram's total is the sixth most total yards from scrimmage in a season for a Saint.
  • RB Alvin Kamara had nine carries for 44 yards and also caught six passes for 84 yards, a franchise record 106-yard kick-off return for a touchdown and a team-high 234 all-purpose yards. Kamara finished the regular season with 826 receiving yards, surpassing Reggie Bush (742-2006) for the club’s record for a running back. Kamara surpassed the club rookie record previously held by Rogers (1981) with 14 touchdowns on the season, ranked fourth overall in team records. His 106-yard kickoff return was the longest play in team record books. He finished the regular season with a team-high 1,552 total yards from scrimmage and 1,899 all-purpose yards.
  • Kamara and Ingram are the first running back duo in NFL History to each have 1,500 scrimmage yards in the same season.
  • FB Zach Line recorded his first touchdown of the season, a three-yard scoring grab, becoming the 61st player to catch a touchdown from Brees and the 46th Saint.
  • WR Michael Thomas finished the regular season with 104 receptions, setting the club record (99 receptions by TE Jimmy Graham-2011). Thomas has 196 career receptions, surpassing Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry (194 from 2014-15) to have the most catches by an NFL player in his first two seasons. Thomas also tied WR Anquan Boldin for the most consecutive games with 3 receptions to start a career since 1970. Thomas finished with six catches for 94 yards.
  • WR Ted Ginn Jr.  finished with three catches for 33 yards, surpassing 15,000 career all-purpose yards for his career.
  • DE Cameron Jordan started his 97th consecutive game, giving him the longest consecutive games played streak among active NFL defensive ends. Jordan also played in his 112th consecutive game overall. With one sack today, he finished the regular season with 13 quarterback takedowns in 2017, surpassing his previous career-high of 12.5 in 2013.
  • LB Manti Te’o finished with five solo tackles and one pass defensed.
  • LB Craig Robertson finished with a four solo tackles, an interception, his second of the season and a career-high three passes defensed.
  • S Vonn Bell recorded a sack, creating a 11-yard loss. Bell also led the team in tackles with 10 (nine solo) as he finished the season with a team-high 79 stops with 4.5 quarterback takedowns, tied for second on the team.
  • Rookie S Marcus Williams recorded eight tackles (seven solo), two interceptions, giving him four on the season and two passes defensed.
  • K Wil Lutz nailed a 48-yard field goal marking his 31st made field goal this season, tying the single-season club record shared by Morten Andersen (1985) and John Carney (2002).
  • P Thomas Morstead punted four times for 185 yards (46.3 avg.) with three punts landing inside-the-20-yard line.

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