New Orleans, La. - The Saints put on an offensive clinic en route to a 49-17 victory and an NFL record 40 first downs.
The following are Brees' comments to the media after the game, as transcribed by the New Orleans Saints:
(on the club setting the NFL single-game first down record tonight) "Somebody told me that right at the end of the game. They said that if we get one more first down that we will set an NFL record for first downs in a game. I knew we were going to be running it. We got eight yards on that first down run with Luke (McCown) in there. We had been running the ball well in the fourth quarter. Sean (Payton) said if we get one more first down, then we will set an NFL record. That's just like telling a pitcher that he has a no hitter. It stops. So, now we are sitting there (at) fourth (down) and five and I kind of looked at him and he said that we were going for it. That situation in the game if you don't get it, then they were probably going to take a knee. We really had nothing to lose there. I think Luke told the guys in the huddle. They thought that he was kidding around. They were like we don't need any motivation here. We are pros. We got it and the guys said that he wasn't messing with them."
(on Marques Colston and his performance tonight) "He's such a tough, durable guy who's always there. Missing last week, let's just give you a week to get healthy and feeling good. He's always battling something. That's just a testament to his toughness. He's the antithesis of what most people would think of a No. 1 receiver, as far as the glitz, the glam, always in front of the camera. He just goes to work, takes care of his business, such a pro. I wouldn't trade him for anybody. He just continues to impress."
(on Kenny Stills) "Kenny is a big-time playmaker. The more experience he gets, the more opportunity he receives to succeed. He'll continue to get more and more opportunities. Obviously, he's come up with some big catches the last four weeks."
(On the game) "Anytime you can hold an opposing offense to zero-for-nine on third down, that's going to win you just about every game. I think just that complementary football element we talk about having was very present tonight."
(on the offensive line) "For real, these guys were phenomenal today. I love our group. Win or lose, they're a bunch of warriors. They battle. They take so much pride in what they do. What they did in the run game and the pass game, after being challenged last week, every one of them deserves a game ball."
(on the last possession of the first half) "You get the ball in (Darren) Sproles' hands in space with some blockers, that's a pretty good recipe."
(on Mark Ingram and his performance) "He's kind of been bitten by the injury bug. Mark's a great football player. The run game, pass blocking, catching the ball out of the backfield. Every time he got opportunities, he made the most of them. Man, he received those today. He was a man on a mission today. He's another guy who just battles. I'm so happy for him. This is kind of just breaking the seal for what he's capable of."
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