Saints defending the run: 39 games without 100 yard rusher

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Despite giving up 162 yards on the ground to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, the New Orleans Saints still extended an impressive streak as it pertains to rushing defense.

The Saints have now gone 39 consecutive regular season and post-season games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, but that stat doesn’t feel quite as good as it did when it was still at 38.

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That 162 was the second highest total given up by the Saints this season and the highest since allowing 180 to the Houston Texans all the way back in week one.

Defensive End Cameron Jordan says it is time for the defense to take a hard look in the mirror. “We approach the last three games just like we’re going to approach this next game, just like we approach every day. We try to get one percent better. We try to better ourselves better than we were the day before. When you talk about what we have to do to build off this loss, we have to be the most critical of ourselves. There’s plays that I wish we could have back, and at the end of the day, you can’t do that. You can’t reverse time. You’ve got to move forward. I’ve got to break down this film and get better now.”

Overall, the Saints have held seven teams to fewer than 100 yards rushing this season.