Sunday’s win was the 50th regular season victory for Saints coach Sean Payton. He joins Jim Mora as the only coaches in franchise history to reach the 50-win mark.
It was the 50th win for Brees as well in a Saints uniform, which makes him the winningest starting quarterback in team history. Brees was tied with Bobby Hebert at 49 wins.
Sunday’s crowd of 73,019 is the largest ever to see a Saints regular season game in the Superdome. The Dome’s capacity was increased by approximately 3,000 this offseason with the re-configuring of the Plaza level. The last home crowd this large was in the Saints’ final season in old Tulane Stadium, when 74,289 watched the Saints play Miami on Nov. 10, 1974.
Brees ended the day completing 26-37 passes for 270 yards (118.1 quarterback ratting. He threw touchdown strikes to WRs Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem and RB Darren Sproles.
The Saints totaled 382 net offensive yards. The Bears posted 246 net yards.
RB Mark Ingram led the Saints in rushing with 51 yards on 14 carries.
For the second straight week, Henderson record 100-plus receiving yards. The eight-year veteran had three receptions for 103 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Sproles led the team in receptions for the second-straight week with eight grabs for 43 yards, including a 12-yard score in the fourth quarter.
S Roman Harper and De Junior Galette each notched two sacks. Harper led the team with seven total tackles.
Casillas and McBride also took down Cutler to put the Saints total at six, the most by New Orleans since 2008.
“It was an important win but we still have a lot to cleanup on,” said Payton. “We will look to work on our mistakes this week heading into the Texans game but I was proud of the way our guys played today.”