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Saints stay perfect at home; down Detroit 31-17

Drew Brees passed for 342 yards and three touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints won their fourth straight, 31-17 over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night.

Brees’ performance gave him 4,031 yards on the season, making him the first quarterback in NFL history to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark in the first 12 games of a season.

His touchdown passes went for 67 yards to Robert Meachem (season-high 119 yards), 20 yards to Lance Moore and six yards to Darren Sproles. He also connected eight times with tight end Jimmy Graham for 89 yards as the Saints (9-3) improved to 6-0 at home.

Rookie Mark Ingram added a touchdown for the Saints, who held the Lions to only 2 out of 11 on third down conversions, while succeeding on 6 out of their 12 tries on the night.

Jonathan Vilma led a stout Saints defense with 10 solo stops.

In the end, it was yet another exhilarating performance for Brees’ bunch on offense, as they had more scoring drives (five) than punts (four).

Next: Sunday December 11 at Tennessee Titans, noon CT.

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