NFL: New Orleans 45, Carolina 17

Jan. 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Drew Brees added to his single-season passing mark with 389 aerial yards Sunday and the New Orleans Saints breezed to a 45-17 rout of Carolina.

Brees, who tossed five touchdowns in the win, finished the regular season with 5,476 yards. He passed former record-holder Dan Marino's mark in Monday's Saints victory over Atlanta.

NFC South champion New Orleans, however, missed out on the conference's No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye when San Francisco bested St. Louis elsewhere Sunday.

The Saints' Christopher Ivory rushed 19 times for 127 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Cam Newton was limited to 15-of-25 through the air for 158 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while running six times for 32 yards for the Panthers (6-10).

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
New York Yankees take care of distracted Los Angeles Angels
Burnett, homers propel Pittsburgh Pirates over Detroit Tigers
Cowherd has very awkward interview with Michigan's Harbaugh
Women's World Cup: Own goal sends Japan to final
Phil Mickelson tied to $3 million gambling ring, ESPN reports