NEW ORLEANS — With a 7-yard scoring catch from Drew Brees in the second quarter Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston tied the club record for career touchdowns.
The touchdown was the 55th of Colston’s seven-year career, tying him with running back Deuce McAllister for most touchdowns in franchise history.
Colston already owns the club record for TD receptions in a career as he surpassed Joe Horn, who had 50 from 2000-06, in a Oct. 7 game with San Diego.
Each of Colston’s 55 touchdown receptions have come from Brees, which ties them as the ninth-best tandem in NFL history.
They are now tied with the San Francisco 49ers’ Joe Montana and Jerry Rice and Miami Dolphins’ Dan Marino and Mark Duper.
For the second time in three weeks, Saints strongside linebacker Scott Shanle was a healthy inactive for Sunday’s game.
Like in the game with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Oct. 28, Shanle sat out because the Saints were in their nickel and dime packages much of the time against the Falcons’ passing attack.
When the Saints go to their nickel and dime, they use only two linebackers — Curtis Lofton and Jonathan Vilma.
In addition to Shanle, the Saints’ other inactives were RB Darren Sproles (hand), T Zach Strief (groin), DE Junior Galette (ankle), WR Courtney Roby (shoulder), CB Elbert Mack and DT Tyrunn Walker.
Inactives of note for the Falcons were LB Sean Weatherspoon (ankle), WR Kevin Cone (groin) and S Charles Mitchell (calf). Weatherspoon, a starter on the outside, missed his second straight game.
Saints cornerback Corey White, who had his first NFL interception in the third quarter, left with an injury to his left knee on the next series and didn’t return. Interim coach Joe Vitt had no update on his status after the game.
For the Falcons, TE Tommy Gallarda injured his shoulder in the first half and did not return.
With Strief out, third-year pro Charles Brown started for the first time this season at right tackle.
Also, weakside linebacker David Hawthorne, who had a hamstring injury that forced him to miss five games, started for the first time since Week 3.
The Saints, along with every other NFL team, observed Veterans Day with a Salute to Service — which included an on-field pregame induction ceremony for 13 new members of the military and a Joint Forces Color Guard for the national anthem.
Brees’ 29-yard TD to tight end Jimmy Graham in the second quarter extended his NFL-record streak with an least one scoring pass to 52 consecutive games. … Brees also has 20 completions in 45 games in a row, adding to his NFL record, and with 21 Sunday moved into sixth place on the league’s all-time list with 3,843. … Saints running back Chris Ivory had a career-long 56-yard TD run in the first quarter, topping his previous best of 55 yards on Dec. 5, 2010 at Cincinnati. … Falcons center Todd McClure, a former LSU and Central High standout, served as a gameday captain for Atlanta.
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