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.