Saints-49ers Was Literally Record-Setting—Check Out These Crazy Stats From The Instant Classic
It wasn't the epic matchup that was advertised. It was better.
The Week 14 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers was literally a clash of the titans. Two 10-2 NFC powerhouses going head to head with serious playoff implications, and the game was accurately described as an "instant classic."
Even though the Saints ultimately lost 48-46, it was literally one of the best NFL games I've ever witnessed—not only in the Superdome but EVER. You can get a solid recap of the epic matchup here, but let's talk about the records that were set in the process.
Here are a few of the insane stats, per NFL.com
The 49ers and Saints combined for 94 points. That is the most combined points in a matchup of teams with at least 10 wins in NFL history. The previous record was 86 points in the 14-1 Packers' 45-41 win over the 10-5 Lions in Week 17, 2011.
Those points were a result of both quarterbacks absolutely going off yesterday.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Drew Brees had 349 pass yards each in Sunday's matchup. This is the third instance since 1950 of two opposing players having the same exact number of pass yards (min. 300 pass yards each) and the most pass yards in such a matchup. They join Tom Brady and Andrew Luck in Week 6, 2015 (both had 312 pass yards, Patriots defeated Colts 34-27) and Michael Vick and Matthew Stafford in Week 6, 2012 (both had 311 pass yards, Lions defeated Eagles 26-23).
One receiver, in particular, stood out as Michael Thomas continues his monster season.
Michael Thomas had 11 receptions in the Saints' loss to the 49ers. Thomas' 121 receptions in 2019 are the most by a player through his team's first 13 games of a season in NFL history. Thomas has three more receptions than Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (118) had through 13 games in 2002, when he set the single-season record for the most receptions with 143. His six games with at least 10 receptions and at least 100 receiving yards trail only Andre Johnson's seven such games in 2008 for the most in a single season in the Super Bowl era.
What about quarterbacks who are also receivers? Yeah, we got stats for that too.
Taysom Hill has at least one reception in 10 games this season after recording one reception in the Saints' loss to the 49ers. That is the most such games by a quarterback in a single season in the Super Bowl era. Hill broke the tie with Brad Smith (2012) and Kordell Stewart (1996), who had nine such games each.
So basically, if you caught that game yesterday, you saw some special football. Some may argue that it was just terrible defense, but with both teams coming into the matchup with solid defensive units, it was a record-setting day nonetheless.
Something tells me this isn't the last time we will see these two teams face off this season.