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Game Notes: Patriots at Saints

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BRADY PASSES DREW BLEDSOE TO BECOME THE PATRIOTS ALL-TIME PASSING LEADER
Tom Brady passed Drew Bledsoe (29,657) to become New England's all-time passing leader. Brady entered the Saints game needing 163 yards to pass Bledsoe. He reached the milestone on an 11- yard pass to Sam Aiken in the third quarter. Brady now has 29,732 passing yards.

MARONEY SCORES IN SIXTH STRAIGHT GAMERB Laurence Maroney scored a touchdown for the sixth straight game when he scored on a four-yard run on a fourth-down play in the first quarter. His six straight games with a touchdown are tied for the second longest streak in New England history. The team record is seven consecutive games by RB Curtis Martin (10/12/96 to 11/24/96). Robert Edwards also scored in six straight games (09/7/98 to 10/19/98).

MARONEY HAS TWO-TD EFFORT TO PUSH 2009 TOTAL TO EIGHT TOUCHDOWNS.Maroney had his second consuetude game with two rushing touchdowns to push his 2009 season total to eight, a new season-high. The eight rushing touchdowns best the six he had in 2006 and 2007. Maroney now has four two-touchdown games in his career.

WELKER KEEPS IT UP
Wes Welker now has nine straight games with six or more receptions after finishing with seven receptions against New Orleans. The record for most consecutive games with 6 receptions is 16 by Marvin Harrison from 2002-03. Welker has caught six or more passes in 23 of his last 25 regular-season games.

MATT LIGHT RETURNS TO ACTIONMatt Light returned to the starting lineup after missing the last five games due to an injury.

SAMMY MORRIS RETURNS TO ACTIONSammy Morris returned to action after missing the last four games due to injury. Morris converted a key fourth-and-one situation early in the first quarter to help set up the Patriots first touchdown.

WELKER CAN RETURNWes Welker had a 41-yard punt return in the first quarter. He had a 69-yard return last week against the Jets.

SAM AIKEN SETS CAREER HIGHSam Aiken set a career-high with his seven receptions for 9021 yards. His previous best high was four receptions and 66 yards receiving.

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