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.
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.