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Brees throws 5 TDs as Saints rout Vikings

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After losing to the lowly St. Louis Rams on Oct. 30, the Saints weren’t about to drop another one to an overmatched opponent with the second seed in the NFC playoffs on the line.

Brees put his foot on the gas and didn’t let up.

At a glance

New Orleans 42, Minnesota 20

New Orleans 7 14 14 7 — 42

Minnesota 3 10 0 7 — 20

First Quarter

Min » FG Longwell 44, 12:20.

NO » Moore 5 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 2:51.

Second Quarter

Min » FG Longwell 49, 13:13.

NO » Graham 1 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 10:04.

Min » Gerhart 10 pass from Ponder (Longwell kick), 6:59.

NO » Sproles 13 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 1:33.

Third Quarter

NO » Gilmore 2 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 12:15.

NO » Moore 47 pass from Brees (Kasay kick), 10:18.

Fourth Quarter

NO » P.Thomas 1 run (Kasay kick), 12:50.

Min » Gerhart 16 pass from Ponder (Longwell kick), 5:12.

Attendance » 62,623.

NO Min

First downs 36 12

Total Net Yards 573 207

Rushes-yards 38-161 18-105

Passing 412 102

Punt Returns 3-45 0-0

Kickoff Returns 4-90 1-28

Interceptions Ret. 1-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 32-41-0 14-32-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 4-18

Punts 1-51.0 7-48.1

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0

Penalties-yards 6-65 8-84

Time of Possession 38:49 21:11

Individual Statistics

Rushing » New Orleans, Ivory 18-74, P.Thomas 8-44, Sproles 8-33, Brees 2-4, Meachem 1-4, Collins 1-2. Minnesota, Peterson 10-60, Ponder 3-34, Gerhart 2-12, Webb 2-0, Harvin 1-(minus 1).

Passing » New Orleans, Brees 32-40-0-412, Daniel 0-1-0-0. Minnesota, Ponder 14-31-1-120, Webb 0-1-0-0.

Receiving » New Orleans, Colston 8-91, Graham 7-70, Moore 5-91, Sproles 5-79, P.Thomas 2-41, Meachem 2-22, Collins 1-12, Henderson 1-4, Gilmore 1-2. Minnesota, Gerhart 4-46, Harvin 3-8, Aromashodu 2-29, Rudolph 2-15, Arceneaux 1-10, Booker 1-7, Camarillo 1-5.

Missed Field Goals » New Orleans, Kasay 50 (WL).

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He threw a 13-yard touchdown to Sproles toward the end of the first half, then started the third quarter with a 2-yard TD to Gilmore and hooked up with Moore on a 47-yard score.

"Not the missed assignments this time," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said about his defense’s struggles. "Just a very good quarterback. If you give him time, you’ll have problems."

Notes: Brees went over 40,000 yards passing for his career and became the first QB to top 350 yards passing in a game seven times in a season. ... Moore had five catches for 91 yards, Marques Colston had eight catches for 91 yards and Graham had seven catches for 70 yards. ... Saints CB Patrick Robinson intercepted Ponder on the last play of the game. ... Vikings CB Benny Sapp was benched for the first two plays of the game for disciplinary reasons.

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