Monday, October 24, 2011
Superlatives on the New Orleans Saints
By Pat Yasinskas
With some help from ESPN Stats & Information, let’s take a look back at some of the statistical highlights from the New Orleans Saints’ 62-7 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.
- The Saints became the fourth team since the AFL-NFL merger to score 62 points in a game.
- The 55-point differential tied for the second-highest margin since the merger.
- Quarterback Drew Brees finished with an 88.6 completion percentage. That’s the best single-game completion percentage in franchise history.
- Brees was taken out in the fourth quarter and finished with 325 passing yards. His NFL-record streak of four straight games of 350 passing yards or more came to an end.
- Brees threw for five touchdown passes for the fifth time in his career. The NFL record (six) is shared by Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.
- Brees threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter for the first time in his career.
- Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees now has thrown at least three touchdown passes in a game 30 times. That’s the most in the NFL during that span.
- The Saints became only the third team in NFL history to score 60 or more points in a game while rushing for at least 200 yards and passing for at least 300. The others were the 1980 Bears against the Packers and the Jets against the Buccaneers in 1985.