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Ingram sets new career TD record; Saints clinch home-field throughout playoffs

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Mark Ingram is now a legend in New Orleans, La. 

He was not called upon much in the Saints’ 31-28 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome; however, he did get his name into the record book. The former University of Alabama running back capped off New Orleans’ first scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown. 

Upon reaching the end zone, the crowd roared with approval as Ingram set a new career record for rushing scores in franchise history. He now has 50 touchdowns in eight seasons, surpassing his predecessor – Deuce McAllister – who totaled 49 scores in nine years from 2001 to 2009. 

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Since his return to the team in Week 5, Ingram has helped the Saints clinch home-field throughout the NFC playoffs with a record of 13-2. He is also in the midst of chasing down his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season from scrimmage. After beginning the streak in 2014, he accounts for 772 total yards through 15 games and is 228 yards shy of the mark he wants. 

The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner captured a BCS national championship at Alabama, but adding a Super Bowl ring to his resume would be all the more special. He celebrated his 29th birthday on last week and will finish the season versus Carolina next week.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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