Rams Vs Saints Ends Winless Drought

10/31/2011 09:34 AM ET

Rams Vs Saints - The St. Louis Rams found the New Orleans Saints to be the perfect opponents to end a season-long winless drought.

In 2007, St. Louis was 0-8 to start the season and picked up their first win against New Orleans. There were a few similarities between that contest (a 37-29 win) and this one (31-21).

The Saints were the fourth team in the past 40 seasons to score at least 62 points in a game. Of those four, three lost their following game. The 1973 Atlanta Falcons also lost to the Los Angeles Rams. In fact, they shut out the Falcons 31-0 in the second week of that season.

The Rams held New Orleans, who scored 62 points in a win over the winless Colts last week, to no points in the first half of this game.

Steven Jackson finished with 159 yards rushing and two touchdowns, the first time a Rams player posted 150 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a game since Jackson in Week 17 of 2008.

Jackson also was responsible for two touchdowns in that 2007 win over the Saints, although he managed them in a slightly different fashion, throwing for one and running for the other.

Chris Long posted three sacks for the Rams’ defense on Sunday, the first time one of their players had at least three sacks in a game since Leonard Little in Week 13 of 2003. They finished with six sacks and two interceptions against New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.

They had four sacks and two interceptions against Brees in that losing-streak-snapping win in 2007. The Saints are now 2-3 on the road this season. That is as many road losses as in the previous two combined seasons, 2009-10, in which they were an NFL-best 13-3 in road games.

The only statistical positive for the Saints was that Brees threw a touchdown pass with 6 seconds left, marking the 35th straight game in which he’s thrown at least one. That’s one shy of Brett Favre for the second-longest streak in NFL history.

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