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Bill Feig, Associated Press
New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) in the first quarter of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011.

METAIRIE, La. — While the Saints emphasize that winning comes before setting records, players such as Pierre Thomas don't want to diminish the value of making history.

Thomas says records the Saints' offense already has set this season mean a lot to him, and are something he'll always cherish.

New Orleans has 6,857 yards from scrimmage this season, easily eclipsing the old club mark of 6,571 set in 2008. Thomas, who often turns screen passes into substantial gains, also helped quarterback Drew Brees throw for an NFL record 5,087 yards this season, breaking Dan Marino's 27-year-old mark.

Heading into Sunday's season finale against Carolina, the Saints' offense is 219 yards from breaking the NFL team record of 7,075 yards set by the 2000 St. Louis Rams.