Monday, November 14, 2011
Saints' victory by the numbers
By Pat Yasinskas
ATLANTA – Let’s take a look at some statistical highlights from the Saints’ 26-23 overtime victory against the Falcons on Sunday.
- Drew Brees now leads the NFL with 3,326 passing yards. That’s the most through 10 games by any player in NFL history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Brees had the previous record (3,251) in 2008.
- Brees broke a tie with Brett Favre by throwing a touchdown pass in his 37th consecutive regular-season game. Brees now has sole possession of second place in NFL history. The record is 47 by Johnny Unitas.
- Brees had the 51st 300-yard passing game of his career. That puts him in a tie with Dan Fouts for fifth in NFL history. Peyton Manning and Dan Marino are tied for the record at 63.
- Tight end Jimmy Graham caught his sixth touchdown pass. The only New Orleans tight end to record more touchdown passes in a single season was Henry Childs, with nine in 1977.
- Marques Colston came up big on third downs Sunday. He caught four of four third-down passes for 59 yards. All four of those passes went for first downs. Entering the game, Colston was tied for 49th in the league with just six third-down conversions. Brees was 3-of-9 for 7 yards with no first downs when targeting other receivers on third down.
- Brees was particularly effective on play-action passes against the Falcons. He completed 17 of 19 play-action passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. That’s the most play-action completions Brees has had in a game since the 2008 season and his yardage total tied his high in that time frame. Brees averaged 11.2 yards per attempt on play-action passes and 4.6 yards without play action. On play-action throws of more than 10 yards, Brees completed 9 of 10 for 185 yards and two touchdowns.