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NFL: New Orleans 42, Minnesota 20

Dec. 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM   |   Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Drew Brees hurled five touchdown passes Sunday, racking up 412 yards in the New Orleans Saints' 42-20 rout of Minnesota.

Brees found Lance Moore with five passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns while Marques Colston also accrued 91 yards on eight grabs as the playoff-bound Saints (11-3) won their sixth straight.

Brees broke his own record of ten 300-yard-plus games in a season with Sunday's performance, in which he hooked up with Darren Sproles five times for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Jimmy Graham chipped in with seven receptions, 70 yards and another score.

New Orleans will seek to wrap up the NFC South title with a win over the Atlanta Falcons next week.

Christian Ponder struck for a pair of TD passes for the Vikings (2-12), who lost a sixth consecutive game for the first time since 1984.

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