The New Orleans Saints made quite the statement on Sunday. 

In front of a passionate Superdome crowd, the Saints (7-1) defeated the Los Angeles Rams 45-35, handing them their first loss of the season.

The Rams drop to 8-1 with the loss.

The Saints extended their winning streak to seven games, remain in first place of the NFC South and are now just a half game back of the Rams for the top spot in the conference.

The Saints raced out to a 35-14 lead late in the second quarter but the Rams rallied to tie the game at 35 with 9:48 remaining.

However, a 54-yard field goal by Will Lutz and a 72-yard touchdown reception by Michael Thomas sealed the victory for the Saints.

It was another flawless performance for Drew Brees. The legendary quarterback passed for 346 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Thomas amassed a staggering 211 yards on 12 receptions. Alvin Kamara rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Afterwards, Brees discussed the significance of taking down the previously undefeated Rams and the emotional boost the fans provided.

“They’re all confidence builders. The more that you win, the more that you kind of build that momentum and just feel like you’re always going to find a way to win,” Brees said. “There’s always hope no matter what the circumstance especially when you can do it in the ways that we’ve done it.”

Next up for the Saints is a road contest against the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3). The win against the Rams is further proof of the Saints’ resiliency and consistency in all facets as they make a Super Bowl push.

“We’ve come from behind and won with defensive heroics and offensive heroics and great special teams play,” Brees said. “We knew the type of team we were going up against and how explosive they are offensively…It was a great effort all the way around.”

For more watch Saints Gameday with Scott Shanle, Mike Nabors and Victor Howell. Check the CST program schedule for more information.