New Orleans Saints Set A Ton Of NFL Records In 62-7 Rout Of The Indianapolis Colts
When the Saints fell 26-20 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week in week 6 of the NFL regular season, Drew Brees gave his word that the team would come back better in their next game. What Drew didn’t tell us is that it would be a 62-7 record-setting rout over a winless Colts squad who continues to suffer without their franchise quarterback Peyton Manning.
But, let me give the Saints credit where credit is due. Peyton Manning does not play defense. Even if #18 would have suited up, Drew Brees and the Saints offense were near perfection against a Colts defense that they faced just under 2 years ago in the Super Bowl.
As I watched from my seat in the dome last night, it was almost surreal. I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing. When Leigh Torrence intercepted Curtis Painter in the 4th quarter for a pick 6 that put the Saints up 62-7, I thought to myself, “this has to be some kind of record.”
I did a little research, and found out that last night the Saints actually broke all KINDS of records:
• Most points in a regular season game since 1985 (New York Jets, 62)
• Tied, most regular season points since 1970 AFL/NFL
• Tied, most points in NFL since 2000 (Jackonsville Jaguars, 62, 2000 divisional playoff)
• Most points so far this season (previous: 49, Green Bay Packers Week 4)
• Most points in a game in Saints history (previous: 51, three times)
• Biggest margin of victory in Saints history (previous: 42, over Denver in 1988)
• Only eight teams have scored more points in a single NFL game and none since 1966.
• Of the 22 60-points games in NFL history, only four have taken place in the last 30 years.
• It was just the second time since 1989 that an NFL team won a game by more than 50 points. (New England 59, Tennessee 0; 2009)
• 9 — Consecutive scores to start the game for New Orleans.
• 55 — The number of points scored by Indianapolis the last time the Colts visited New Orleans. Peyton Manning had six touchdown passes over the Aaron Brooks and Todd Bouman-led Saints.
• 36 — First downs gained by the Saints. The team had 32 through the first three quarters. The NFL record is 39.
• 8 — Extra points kicked by John Kasay, who turns 42 this week, a Saints record.
Not to mention, the Black & Gold did it all with their head coach Sean Payton on crutches. That has to be some kind of record too, right?