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)