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Saints’ Mark Ingram eclipses 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight season

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Back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for Mark Ingram, who becomes the first Saints running back to hit the mark since Deuce McAllister.

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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram only needed 29 rushing yards entering Week 15’s matchup against the New York Jets to break the 1,000-yard rushing mark. He had to wait until the later part of the 4th Quarter, but got there in impressive fashion.

Ingram recently told reporters, "The thousand-yard mark is a benchmark that every running back kind of wants to evaluate themselves on. I just want to keep going. I had 1,000 last year, but my goal is 1,500, 1,600. ... I want to run for 2,000 yards, all of that. ... For me to be able to have that kind of yardage right now, there's a lot of hands in it."

Ingram becomes the first Saints running back to hit back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons since Deuce McAllister did so three straight times from 2002-2004. He ends up as the league’s sixth rusher to hit 1,000 yards, joining Le’Veon Bell, Kareem Hunt, Todd Gurley, Jordan Howard, and LeSean McCoy.