Where they rank: Saints at Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks had the best defense in the NFL this year by almost every statistical measure. They ranked first in the league in yards allowed, points allowed, passing yards allowed and forced turnovers.

The New Orleans Saints, meanwhile, had the most balance in the league. They ranked fourth in the NFL in both offensive yards and defensive yards. No other team ranked in the top 9 in both categories.

Here’s a look at where the Saints (11-5 in the regular season) and Seahawks (13-3) ranked in those and other key statistical categories through the end of the regular season:


Total yards: 4th (399.4 per game)

Passing yards: 2nd (307.4 per game)

Rushing yards: 25th (92.1 per game)

Third-down conversions: 3rd (43.9 percent)

Red zone touchdowns: Tied for 12th (56.1 percent)

Turnovers (giveaways): Tied for 4th fewest (19)

Sacks allowed: tied for 9th fewest (37)


Total yards: 4th (305.7 per game)

Passing yards: 2nd (194.1 per game)

Rushing yards: 19th (111.6 per game)

Third-down conversions: 9th (34.7 percent)

Red zone touchdowns: 18th (56.5 percent)

Turnovers (takeaways): 29th (19)

Sacks: 4th (49)


Points scored: 10th (25.9 per game)

Points allowed: 4th (19.0 per game)

Turnover ratio: Tied for 14th (even)

Time of possession: 2nd (32:41 per game)


QB Drew Brees: 5,162 yards (2nd), 39 touchdowns (2nd), 104.7 passer rating (6th), 70.5 Total QBR (4th)

TE Jimmy Graham: 16 total TDs (2nd), 16 receiving TDs (1st), 86 catches (13th), 1,215 receiving yards (15th)

WR Kenny Stills: 20.0 yards per reception (1st)

DE Cameron Jordan: 12.5 sacks (5th)

OLB Junior Galette: 12 sacks (6th)

CB Keenan Lewis: 4 interceptions (Tied for 11th)

LB Curtis Lofton: 125 tackles (15th)

P Thomas Morstead: net average 42.3 yards per punt (3rd)


Total yards: 17th (339.0 per game)

Passing yards: 26th (202.3 per game)

Rushing yards: 4th (136.8 per game)

Turnovers (giveaways): Tied for 4th fewest (19)

Sacks allowed: Tied for 10th most (44)


Total yards: 1st (273.6 per game)

Passing yards: 1st (172 per game)

Rushing yards: Tied for 7th (101.6 per game)

Turnovers (takeaways): 1st (39)

Sacks: Tied for 8th (44)


Points scored: Tied for 8th (26.1 per game)

Points allowed: 1st (14.4 per game)


QB Russell Wilson: 3,357 passing yards (16th), 26 TD passes (Tied for 9th), 101.2 passer rating (7th), 58.9 Total QBR (13th)

RB Marshawn Lynch: 1,257 rushing yards (6th), 12 rushing TDs (Tied for 1st), 14 total TDs (Tied for 3rd)

CB Richard Sherman: 8 interceptions (1st)

S Earl Thomas: 5 interception (Tied for 5th)

CB Byron Maxwell: 4 interceptions (Tied for 11th)

DE Cliff Avril: 5 forced fumbles (Tied for 5th)

K Steven Hauschka: 94.3 percent field goals (33-of-35, 2nd)