Final

Giants 24

(6-5, 3-3 away)

Saints 49

(8-3, 5-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, November 28, 2011

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 0 3 7 1424
NO 0 21 14 1449

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 406 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Ingram (NO) - 13 CAR, 80 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: V. Cruz (NYG) - 9 REC, 157 YDS, 2 TD

Drew Brees accounts for 5 TDs as Saints demolish fading Giants

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees took a few triumphant strides toward the goal post with the ball in his hand and rose up for an imitation, Michael Jordan-style dunk over the crossbar.

He had to settle for a finger-roll instead.

It was one of the few times Brees came up short Monday night as the New Orleans Saints made everything look easy in a 49-24 victory over the slumping New York Giants, who have lost three straight.

"I was a little more tired than I thought I would be," Brees said of his celebration, which came right after he finished an 8-yard scramble with a dive into the end zone. "I do apologize to MJ."

Brees was prepared for a little ribbing from teammates and coaches, but they mainly complimented him after he passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to his scoring run.

"There's that confidence that players around him have, and obviously we have in him," Saints coach Sean Payton said of Brees. "He made some fantastic throws tonight."

Tight end Jimmy Graham had five catches for 84 yards, including touchdowns of 5 and 29 yards. Brees' two other scoring strikes went to Lance Moore, who had five catches for 54 yards.

"Can't say enough about our team. Our coaches, offense, defense -- it was a great team win tonight in every aspect," Brees said.

This was a game New York was desperate to win after losing its previous two to San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Instead, the Giants (6-5) dropped a game behind first-place Dallas in the NFC East and face the possibility of a four-game losing streak when they host the unbeaten Green Bay Packers next weekend.

"We didn't stop them. How much further explanation do you want?" said Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whose defense was unable to sack Brees. "We prepared well, but when we got in the game we didn't cover well. When we don't get to the passer, we have trouble."

The Saints (8-3), meanwhile, maintained a one-game lead over Atlanta in the NFC South.

They also padded their rushing stats with 205 yards on the ground, including touchdown runs of 12 yards by Pierre Thomas and 35 yards by rookie Mark Ingram.

"Our guys came out sharp," Payton said. "We felt like this was going to be a tough opponent coming in with two losses they had prior to our game. ... We had the balance we were looking for. I thought we ran it well tonight."

Marques Colston had three catches for 78 yards, all on the Saints' 34-second, 88-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter that gave New Orleans a 21-3 halftime lead. Colston's longest reception went for 50 yards when he caught a pass along the left sideline, slipped a tackle and raced up field.

The Giants took a beating on the scoreboard and on the field. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora went out with a sprained ankle and receiver Hakeem Nicks was rocked on a vicious hit by Saints rookie safety Isa Abdul-Quddus.

Nicks stayed in the game despite bruised ribs.

New York already was missing two key players because of injuries: leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw and wide receiver Mario Manningham.

"It's hard not to know when you're getting your butt whipped, but I didn't see any moping I was concerned about," Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck said. "We played hard, (but) it's hard to smile when you're losing like that."

Eli Manning completed 21 straight passes for the Giants -- mostly after the outcome was decided. New York did not get into the end zone until Brandon Jacobs steamrolled safety Roman Harper on an 8-yard scoring run that made it 21-10 in the third quarter, but the Saints went right back down the field and scored on Brees' 8-yard scramble.

After Giants running back Da'Rel Scott fumbled on his own 29, Brees connected with Graham, who rumbled down the left sideline and dove for the pylon for his second TD of the game, and his team-leading eighth receiving score of the season.

The Saints never trailed, striking first early in the second quarter on Brees' 4-yard touchdown pass to Moore, who snagged a quick throw on the right side and dove to stretch the ball across the goal line before he was tackled.

The 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive included a 23-yard pass to Graham and a 23-yard run by Darren Sproles, and it was the first of three touchdown drives of more than 80 yards in the opening half.

"We can always get better. There's always something to prove. The challenges only get greater as you move through the season," Brees said before looking ahead to his team's next game. "Sunday night football next week, we got Detroit coming to town, on a short week, so we're going to have to get ourselves back on track out here pretty quick and ready for that game."

Back home in the Big Easy, Manning passed for 406 yards. He was intercepted by linebacker Will Herring in the end zone on the team's first series.

The only scoring the Giants managed in the first half was Lawrence Tynes' 42-yard field goal. Tynes also attempted a 61-yarder, which fell short, at the end of the half.

The Giants, who have been struggling to run the ball all season, gained only 73 yards on the ground.

Game notes


Brees took back the NFL passing lead from Tom Brady. Brees now has 3,689 yards, keeping him on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season mark of 5,084 set in 1984. ... Brees has passed for at least one TD in 38 straight games, the second-longest streak in NFL history. ... The Saints' total of 577 yards was the second-highest in franchise history. ... The Giants lowered their already anemic rushing average to 82.3 yards per game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYG
NO
1st Downs2931
Passing 1st downs
1917
Rushing 1st downs
513
1st downs from penalties
51
3rd down efficiency
5-115-9
4th down efficiency
0-20-2
Total Plays7069
Total Yards465577
Yards per play6.68.4
Total Drives1112
Passing392372
Comp-Att
33-4725-39
Yards per pass
8.29.5
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-140-0
Rushing73205
Rushing Attempts
2230
Yards per rush
3.36.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-35-6
Penalties4-3211-104
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:2828:32

Passing Leaders

NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning33/474068.6211-14
NOC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brees24/383639.6400-0
Daniel1/199.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jacobs13463.519
Ware5234.609
NOCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ingram13806.2135
Thomas8637.9116

Receiving Leaders

NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cruz915717.4272
Nicks78712.4023
NORECYDSAVGTDLG
Graham58416.8229
Colston37826.0050

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERNYGNO
noTD14:57Lance Moore 4 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:35
07
nygFG9:35Lawrence Tynes 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 46 yds, 5:22
37
noTD2:24Jimmy Graham 5 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:00
314
noTD0:40Lance Moore 10 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 88 yds, 0:34
321
THIRD QUARTERNYGNO
nygTD10:49Brandon Jacobs 8 Yard Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 67 yds, 4:17
1021
noTD5:54Drew Brees 8 Yard Run (John Kasay Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 73 yds, 4:55
1028
noTD4:20Jimmy Graham 29 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Kasay Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 29 yds, 0:13
1035
FOURTH QUARTERNYGNO
nygTD15:00Victor Cruz 72 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 84 yds, 1:21
1735
noTD10:47Pierre Thomas 12 Yard Run (John Kasay Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:09
1742
nygTD5:17Victor Cruz 4 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 5:29
2442
noTD1:10Mark Ingram 35 Yard Run (John Kasay Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 40 yds, 1:01
2449

Research Notes

Jimmy Graham has 8 receiving touchdowns on the year, which ranks second most by a Saints tight end in franchise history. Henry Childs holds the franchise record with 9 touchdowns in 1977.
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Drew Brees went 24-38 for 363 yards and threw 4 touchdown passes in the Saints 49-24 win against the Giants on Monday. Brees is 4-0 against the Giants in his career and has thrown 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
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NEXT LEVEL: Three of Drew Brees' touchdown passes traveled 5 yards or less from the line of scrimmage. He leads the league with 16 touchdown passes on such throws.
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NEXT LEVEL: The Giants front four was unable to sack Drew Brees or pressure him Monday, as he was only under duress on 2 of 27 (7.4 percent) dropbacks when the Giants sent four or fewer rushers. Brees capitalized with three of his four passing touchdowns against such pressure.

GrahamJimmy Graham caught two passes on throws at least 15 yards downfield Monday, including a touchdown. Graham is tied for the sixth-most receptions among all receivers on such throws this season and leads all tight ends.

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Brees Drew Brees was extremely balanced against the Giants, burning New York from under center and out of the shotgun.

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NEXT LEVEL: The Saints trio of running backs took advantage of a Giants defense lacking depth at linebacker, rushing 26 times for 152 yards (5.8 yards per rush) when the Giants had at least five defensive backs on the field. The Saints entered the game averaging 6.4 yards per rush against such personnel, tied for best in the league.
Eli Manning was terrific in the 2nd half, at one point completing 18 straight passes which included a pair of touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Giants were already trailing 21-3 by the time he started to turn it on...
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Drew Brees becomes the third QB in NFL history with multiple games with at least 350 Pass yds and 4 Pass TD on Monday Night Football. The only others to do it are Dan Marino and Tom Brady.
Brees is the first player ever with 4 Pass TD, 350 Pass yds and a Rush TD on Monday Night Football.

ManningSince entering the league in 2004, no quarterback has thrown more interceptions in the red zone than Eli Manning, who threw the 16th of his career and third of the season Monday night.

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