Brees' 5 TDs lead Saints past Vikings
Minneapolis, MN – Drew Brees threw for 412 yards and five of-40 passing, leading the New Orleans Saints to a 42-20 drubbing of the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field.
Brees went over the 300-yard mark for the 11th time this season, breaking his own record of 10 set in 2008.
New Orleans played without running back Mark Ingram, who missed his second straight game with a toe injury, but Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory filled the void. Thomas finished with 44 yards and a score on eight carries, while Ivory ran for 74 yards on 18 carries.
Lance Moore caught five passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns for the Saints (11-3), while Marques Colston brought in eight passes for 91 yards.
Darren Sproles caught five balls for 79 yards and a touchdown, while Jimmy Graham snagged seven passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
New Orleans has already clinched a playoff spot, and can lock up the NFC South Division title with a win over the Atlanta Falcons next week. The Saints have won six straight games.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder threw for 120 yards and two touchdowns to Toby Gerhart, while being intercepted once and completing 14-of-31 passes.
Adrian Peterson returned to action for Minnesota (2-12) after missing the last three games with a high ankle sprain, and ran for 60 yards on 10 carries. But the Vikings lost their sixth straight game, the first time that's happened since 1984.