The Saints’ star WR Michael Thomas etched his name in the history books with a fourth-quarter catch that saw him break Marvin Harrison’s single-season reception record. Thomas hauled in his 145th pass of the year on a fourth-quarter touchdown catch that extended his team’s narrow lead against the Titans. He finished the contest with 12 receptions for 136 yards and a score.
New Orleans improved to 12-3 Sunday after topping Tennessee 38-28 in Week 16 and are in a good place as the postseason approaches. If they win in Week 17 and get a little help, they could receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
The Saints have already clinched the NFC South and have been head-and-shoulders above the Buccaneers, Falcons, and Panthers. But the 49ers (12-3), Seahawks (11-3), and Packers (11-3) are still within earshot of them within the conference.
The Titans on the other hand have dropped to 8-7 but can still make the playoffs. They’ll need to beat the Texans in Week 16 or get help from a Steelers loss to make that happen though. The playoff picture hasn’t been finalized just yet.
Thomas wasn’t the only top-notch performer for New Orleans this weekend, as Drew Brees threw for 279 yards and three scores while Alvin Kamara logged 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Jared Cook also caught two touchdowns.
Ryan Tannehill also had an impressive day and hurled three touchdown passes. Two of them were received by Tajae Sharpe, who finished with five receptions for 69 yards.