The New Orleans Saints (4-4) prevailed 52-49 over the visiting New York Giants (4-4) in a wild affair. Kai Forbath’s 50-yard field goal as time expired proved to be the margin of victory for the home team.
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees was sensational as he reached new single game heights setting team records for touchdowns (seven, tying a league mark held by Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle, Joe Kapp, Sid Luckman, Peyton Manning and Nick Foles), completions (40) and yards (511).
Mark Ingram converted on a crucial fourth-and-one at the Saints own 29-yard line as part of a 14-play 80-yard drive to tie the game at 49-49. He finished the afternoon as the team’s and game leading rusher with 80 yards on 16 carries with a long run of 15. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner caught four passes for 39 yards including a 17-yard reception. After eight games, the 5-9, 215 pound veteran competing in his fifth season has run for 530 yards (10th in league) on 118 attempts for a 4.5 per carry average and scored five rushing touchdowns. Ingram has 33 receptions for 274 yards.
Rookie New York Giants free safety Landon Collins was on the other end of the high-scoring fest. He led the team with nine tackles, four solo. A NFL record 13 touchdown passes combined were thrown by the two quarterbacks. Eli Manning had a single game career best six in a losing cause. The 511 passing yards was the most ever surrendered in the history of the New York Giants franchise dating back to a game in 1943 against the Chicago Bears (488). The 6-0, 225 pound Louisiana native has 51 tackles on the season, 36 solo, one interception and five pass deflections.
BamaMag.com spoke to Ingram and Collins following the game about competing in the NFL, the Heisman Trophy race and the upcoming Alabama football game against LSU scheduled for Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.