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Super Brees, Saints slay Giants 49-24

Drew Brees passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns, to go along with a rare touchdown run, as the Saints slaughtered the Giants 49-24 on Monday night.

“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.

While the aerial attack was no surprise, the Saints showed balance, generating 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.”

Nonetheless, there’s still room for improvement from No. 9’s perspective.

“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.”

The 8-3 Saints hold a one-game lead over Atlanta in the NFC South.

Next: Sunday December 4 vs. Detroit Lions, 7:20 CT.

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