MNF Highlights and Radio Recap: Saints 45 – Falcons 16

12/26/2011

NEW ORLEANS (12/26/11) – Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s 27-year-old record for most passing yards in a single season as the New Orleans Saints clinched the NFC South with a 45-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football.

Brees threw for 307 yards on the night to reach 5,087 on the season – two better than Marino threw for in the 1984 campaign.

The Saints improved to 12-3 on the season, while Atlanta – who have earned a Wild Card spot and will also make the playoffs – fell to 9-6.

Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason called the action on Westwood One Sports.

(Pierre Thomas’ 4-yd TD run puts the Saints ahead 7-3)

(Matt Ryan connects with Julio Jones to give Atlanta a 10-7 advantage)

(Drew Brees hits Marques Colston on an 8-yd score to put New Orleans back ahead 14-10)

(Jimmy Graham’s 9-yd TD reception makes it 21-10)

(Brees throws a 24-yd TD to Robert Meachem to make it 28-10)

(Malcolm Jenkins’ 30-yd fumble return for a TD puts New Orleans up 38-16)

(Brees hits Darren Sproles for a TD — and a new single-season NFL passing record)

(Drew Brees’ postgame interview with Westwood One sideline reporter Mark Malone)

(Postgame recap from Westwood One’s Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason)

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