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Brees, Colston and second half defense lift Saints

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After giving up 17 first half points and a quick touchdown in the second half, the Saints defense kept the high powered Chargers offense off the board.

Interim head coach Aaron Kromer was very happy with the second half performance, "Our defense really stepped up to the challenge. They got pressure on the quarterback and sacked him five times. There were numerous times he had to get rid of the ball before he was ready and that's a credit to Coach Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) and the guys staying with it. It was the first situation where we got another team in a two minute drill as well, where they had to throw the ball and that's where guys are going to shine in their pass rush and they did, they gave us the pressure we needed and obviously it was a key to the victory."

Martez Wilson, who went from keeping a Chargers drive alive with an illegal hands to the face call to ending the game on a sack and fumble recovery, was praised by Kromer, "Martez is a pass rusher. That's why he's here. He's here to rush the quarterback. He had two penalties that hurt us and he has to be better than that. He knows it. We've already talked to him about it. He needs to continue in his growth, but right now, his role is to rush the passer."

Saints notes:

Jimmy Graham injured his ankle and the team is waiting for test results.

Jabari Greer tweaked his groin and is being tested as well and will hopefully be ready for Tampa Bay.

Kromer summed up the record setting night for Drew Brees and Marques Colston, by saying, "We're happy for the organization and happy to get this win. Like I said last night, we've been improving each week. I thought we showed that improvement again last night and we just have to stay on that track. It's the start of something good and we need to keep our focus on improvement each week, which you can see and you go from there. We're happy with Drew Brees' record. We're here at a situation with the New Orleans Saints over the last three years, where he's broken a lot of records and we've had a lot of offensive records in this period with Coach Payton's team and with Drew at the helm, so you just have to make sure you don't become numb to these records. It's an astronomical record that's been held for over 50 years. He does a wonderful job and is a great leader for our team. Marques Colston, with his record for the most touchdown receptions and having the night he did after a slow start this season is good to see. We're definitely on the rise and we need to keep it going."

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