Superlatives on the Saints
December, 17, 2012
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
With some help from ESPN Stats & Information and the Saints’ media relations department, let’s take a look at the statistical superlatives from New Orleans’ 41-0 victory against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
- The shutout was the Saints’ first since a 12-0 win against the New York Jets on Dec. 24, 1995 and the first at home since a 27-0 win against the Los Angeles Raiders on Dec. 16, 1991. It also was the 13th shutout in franchise history.
- Prior to Sunday, the Saints had not held an opponent scoreless in a half this season.
- The win makes the Saints 4-3 at home this season and guarantees them a fifth consecutive season with at least a .500 home record. The last time the Saints did that was from 1989 through 1993.
- The Saints swept the season series with the Bucs for the first time since the 2006 season.
- The margin of victory was the third largest in franchise history. The largest was a 62-7 victory against Indianapolis last year and a 42-0 win against Denver in 1988.
- The Saints had five takeaways and no turnovers. The turnover margin was the largest the Saints have had since a 2003 game against Tampa Bay.
- Drew Brees completed 26 of 39 passes for 307 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. It marked the 19th time Brees has thrown at least four touchdowns in a game.
- Brees has 33 career touchdown passes against Tampa Bay, his most against any opponent.
- Brees extended his NFL record of games with at least 20 completions to 50.
- Mark Ingram rushed 14 times for 90 yards, one yard less than his career high (last year against Indianapolis). His 31-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his longest of the season.
- Marques Colston now has 68 receptions on the season. With two more catches, Colston will have at least 70 receptions in four consecutive seasons.
- Joseph Morgan had two catches for 61 yards. All of his last eight catches have gone for at least 27 yards.