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Official NFL Release

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-6) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-2)

SERIES

 

COLTS

SAINTS

SERIES LEADER

Series tied, 5-5

STREAKS

Past 2

5 of past 7 overall

COACHES VS. OPP.

Caldwell: 0-1

Payton: 1-1

LAST WEEK

L 27-17 at Bengals

L 26-20 at Buccaneers

LAST GAME

9/6/07: Saints 10 at Colts 41. Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning passes for 288 yards & 3 TDs on Kickoff Weekend. WR Reggie Wayne adds 115 yards & 2 TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/28/03: Colts 55, Saints 21. Manning passes for 314 yards & 6 TDs for 158.3 passer rating, highest possible rating a passer can achieve.

BROADCAST

NBC (7:20 PM CT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (WW1), 92 (Ind.), 93 (NO).  XM: 227 (WW1), 225 (Ind.), 226 (NO).

STATS

PASSING

Painter: 56-102-806-5-1-93.0

Brees: 181-264-2,152 (1C)-13 (3C)-8-97.0

RUSHING

Addai: 56-249-4.4-1

Ingram (R): 71-238-3.4-3

RECEIVING

Garcon: 27-472 (3C)-17.5-4 (T3C)

Graham (TE): 39 (T1C)-620 (3L)-15.9-3

OFFENSE

284.7

452.2 (1C)

TAKE/GIVE

-2

-7

DEFENSE

392.5

365.5

SACKS

Freeney: 4.5

Harper: 3.5

INTs

3 tied: 1

P. Robinson: 2

PUNTING

McAfee: 48.5

Morstead: 49.6 (3C)

KICKING

Vinatieri: 38 (11/11 PAT; 9/12 FG)

Kasay: 59 (1L) (17/17 PAT; 14/16 FG)

 

NOTES

COLTS: Seek 3rd consecutive regular-season win vs. NO...Colts are 6-3 (.667) vs. NFC under JIM CALDWELL...In 3 career starts, QB CURTIS PAINTER has completed 51 of 91 passes (56 pct.) for 746 yards with 5 TDs vs. 1 INT & 96.7 passer rating...RB DONALD BROWN recorded 1st rush TD of season last week. Brown is averaging 5.6 yards per carry in past 2 games (13 att., 73 yards)...NO native WR REGGIE WAYNE had 7 catches for 115 rec. yards (16.4 avg.) with 2 TDs in last regular-season game vs. NO. WR PIERRE GARCON tied career-high with 8 rec. last week. In past 4 games, Garcon has 21 rec. for 405 yards (19.3 avg.) w/ 4 TDs...Incl. postseason, TE DALLAS CLARK has 10 rec. for 145 yards (14.5 avg.) with TD vs. NO...DE DWIGHT FREENEY (98.5) needs 1.5 sacks to become 26th player with 100 career since stat became official in '82. DE ROBERT MATHIS had sack, FF & FR in last regular-season game vs. NO.

SAINTS: Meet for 1st time since NO defeated Ind. 31-17 in SB XLIV, team's 1st SB title...QB DREW BREES was MVP of SB XLIV. Completed 32 of 39 (82.1 pct.) for 288 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.5 rating. Has passed for 350+ yards in 4 consecutive games, longest such streak in history. Has 20+ comp. in NFL-record 26 games in row...RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES is only player in NFL with rush, rec. & ret. TD. Incl. playoffs, has 5 career TDs vs. Ind. (2 rush, 1 rec., 1 PR, 1 KR). RB MARK INGRAM leads NFC rookies with 238 rush yards. RB PIERRE THOMAS had rec. TD in SB... TE JIMMY GRAHAM is 2nd TE in NFL history with 100+ rec. yards in 4 consecutive games in same season (TONY GONZALEZ, 2000). Leads NFL TEs w/ 39 catches & 620 yards. WR MARQUES COLSTON had 7 rec. for 83 yards in SB... Since entering NFL in '06, S ROMAN HARPER has 13 sacks, most by DB. CB TRACY PORTER had 74-yard INT-TD in SB.