The Saints 49-17 win over Dallas on Sunday night might have actually been worse than the score makes it sound. How that's possible? New Orleans totaled a franchise-record 625 yards and tallied an NFL record 40 first downs.

The first 40 first downs came in almost every way possible: The Saints got 20 of their first downs through the air, 15 of the first downs came on the ground and five of the first downs came courtesy of Dallas penalties.

The 40th first down may have been the most interesting one. Late in the fourth quarter and facing fourth-and-5 at the Dallas 42-yard line, Saints coach Sean Payton decided to go for it. Running back Pierre Thomas squirted through an open hole to pick up exactly five yards and give New Orleans its record-breaking 40th first down.

To put that in perspective: The Cowboys only ran 43 plays in the entire game.

The Saints broke a first down record that had stood since 1988 when the Jets picked up 39 in a game against the Dolphins. The Redskins tied the first down record in a 1990 game against the Lions.

New Orleans' 625 total yards broke the franchise-record of 617 yards that stood for less than two years. The Saints totaled 617 yards in their 2011 season finale, a 45-17 win over Carolina. The game against the Panthers and Sunday's game against the Cowboys are the only two times in franchise-history the Saints have crossed the 600-yard mark.