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New Orleans Saints, Brees Smothered Rookie QB Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars
Written by  // Sunday, 02 October 2011 18:13 //

INgramThe Saints improved to 3-1 after a 23-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon at EverBank Stadium.


The Saints scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and never trailed as its defense smothered the Jag passing game in the second half.

 Drew Brees threw  for 351 yards and one  touchdown, completing 31-of-44 tosses and overcame two interceptions.

 Darren  Sproles gained 75 yards on seven carries and added five catches for 56  yards  for New  Orleans (3-1).

The Saints made it difficult for Rookie  Blaine Gabbert,  who made his second career NFL start, finished with 196  yards  on  just 16-of-42 passing,  one touchdown  and one interception for the  Jaguars (1-3), who suffered their third straight loss.

 Some Saints notes and states: (From New Orleans Saints website) 

*The win gives New Orleans a three-game winning streak, giving them their sixth win streak of at least three games since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006.
*New Orleans’ nine-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by FB Jed Collins marked the first time the Saints scored on their opening drive this season.
*New Orleans outgained Jacksonville 503-274 in total net yards, including 177-104 on the ground in their most impressive performance running the ball of the 2011 season.
*The New Orleans defense forced rookie QB Blaine Gabbert into a rough day, as the rookie completed only 31-of-44 passes for 351 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a 51.3 passer rating.
*QB Drew Brees completed 31 of 44 passes for 351 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. 
*Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 31 consecutive games, breaking a tie with Dan Marino for the third-longest streak in NFL record books. Johnny Unitas holds the NFL record of 47. Brett Favre is second with 36.
*Today’s game marked the 40th career 300-yard passing game of Brees’ Saints career. 
*Brees is now ranked 16th in NFL history with 245 career touchdown passes, surpassing another former San Diego Charger John Hadl.
*FB Jed Collins in the first offensive touch of his NFL career, scored a one-yard touchdown on a dive.
*RB Darren Sproles had a team-best 188 all-purpose yards. He entered the league with a league best 528 all-purpose yards. 
*TE Jimmy Graham finished the afternoon with a career-high 10 receptions for a career best 132 receiving yards.
*CB Patrick Robinson’s third-quarter interception was the first of his career. He also added a tackle and two pass deflections.
*DE Will Smith led the Saints with two sacks in the contest, the 12th multiple takedown performance of his eight-yard NFL career. Smith ranks fourth the team’s career sack list with 57, behind former Saint Pat Swilling (76.5). 
*Rookie RB Mark Ingram finished with a career-best 55 rushing yards.

 

TDJ.Collins 1 yd. run (J.Kasay kick is good) Drive: 9 plays, 62 yards in 4:49

2ND QUARTER

TD

J.Graham 1 yd. pass from D.Brees (J.Kasay kick is good) Drive: 12 plays, 96 yards in 6:24

TD

Z.Miller 14 yd. pass from B.Gabbert (J.Scobee kick is good) Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards in 5:08

FG

J.Scobee 31 yd. Field Goal Drive: 4 plays, 0 yards in 0:18

3RD QUARTER

FG

J.Kasay 38 yd. Field Goal Drive: 9 plays, 60 yards in 4:15

FG

J.Kasay 39 yd. Field Goal Drive: 10 plays, 47 yards in 4:55

4TH QUARTER

Total Net Yards

503

Penalties/Yards

50

Time Of Possession

37:05

Total Turnovers

2

SAINTS LEADERS

Passing

CP/AT

YDS

TD

INT

D. Brees

31/44

351

1

2

 

Rushing

ATT

YDS

TD

LG

D. Sproles

7

75

0

34

M. Ingram

17

55

0

8

P. Thomas

6

36

0

15

 

Receiving

REC

YDS

TD

LG

J. Graham

10

132

1

59

R. Meachem

4

59

0

25

D. Sproles

5

56

0

14

OPPONENT STATS

Total Net Yards

274

Penalties/Yards

15

Time Of Possession

22:55

Total Turnovers

1

New Orleans Saints

7

7

6

3

0

23

Jacksonville Jaguars

0

10

0

0

0

10

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