Graham would play the following week in the wild card game against the Seahawks, Jenkins and Ivory wold not and the Saints would go on to lose in an upset.
The chance at securing the second seed aside the Saints could eclipse three rather prolific NFL records against the Panthers.
Heading into Sunday’s game the Saints’ offense is only 219 yards away from breaking the NFL team record of 7,075 yards set by the 2000 St. Louis Rams, or the “Greatest Show on Turf”.
Considering the Saints are averaging a league best 457.1 yards a game, while the Panthers rank 22nd in the league in yards allowed at 361.7 a game, securing the record should be assured if it’s Brees pulling the trigger.
Next tight end Jimmy Graham needs a scant 78 receiving yards to break Kellen Winslow Sr.‘s NFL record of 1,290 yards that he set during the 1980 season.
Graham could potentially have the greatest season a tight end has ever had sewn up in only his second year in the NFL — a monumental accomplishment to say the least — and with all do respect to New England Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski’s record breaking pace.
Then there is running back Darren Sproles, who in his first season as a Saint has a chance to break both a franchise and NFL record for all-purpose yards.
Sproles has netted 2,528 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, return) and needs just 120 more to break the Saints franchise record of 2,647 yards set by Michael “Beer Man” Lewis in 2002.