Giants 27

(5-1, 3-1 away)

Saints 48

(5-0, 3-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 18, 2009

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 3 14 0 1027
NO 14 20 7 748

Top Performers

Passing: D. Brees (NO) - 369 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: P. Thomas (NO) - 15 CAR, 72 YDS

Receiving: M. Colston (NO) - 8 REC, 166 YDS, 1 TD

Brees throws for 369 yards, 4 TDs against Giants as Saints stay unbeaten

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Who dat knew them Saints were this good?

Drew Brees torched the Giants' league-leading defense, swarming Saints defenders ruined Eli Manning's homecoming and undefeated New Orleans matched its best start since 1993 with a 48-27 throttling of previously unbeaten New York on Sunday.

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"We wanted to really dictate the tempo of the game the whole way through," Brees said. "Seven different guys scored touchdowns. That's big. That's the type of rhythm that, when you get in, you feel like you can call anything and it's going to work."

Brees ended his two-game streak without a touchdown throw by completing 23 of 30 passes for 369 yards and four scores, giving him 101 TD passes since the Saints signed him as a free agent in 2006.

The Giants (5-1) came into the game giving up averages of 210.6 yards and 14.2 points. The Saints (5-0) had 34 points and 315 yards by halftime.

Brees-ing By Giants

Drew Brees was stellar throwing the ball downfield. He threw better on longer passes and had a perfect passer rating on throws of 10 or more yards.

Brees by distance thrown
Under 10 yards 10 yards or more
Cmp-Att 9-12 14-18
Yards 80 289
TD-Int 1-0 3-0
Pass rating 120.1 158.3

-- ESPN Stats and Information

The Saints have beaten all comers by 14 points or more and have yet to trail this season, looking more and more like the team to beat in the NFC. They became the fourth team to have seven players score TDs in a game since the 1970 merger.

Yet the architect of this juggernaut, coach Sean Payton, bristled at the notion that New Orleans' latest convincing victory over an undefeated team from New York -- they beat the Jets 24-10 in Week 4 -- meant that the Saints had established themselves as clear Super Bowl favorites.

"I don't think you can talk about big pictures after [Game] 5," Payton said.

Manning looked like his father Archie sometimes did when he played for woeful Saints teams of old, fumbling on a sack by Roman Harper to set up a Saints score and throwing an interception under pressure that stalled a promising drive.

Fast Facts

• The Saints scored 48 points in a game for the second time this season and improved to 5-0 for the third time in team history and first time since 1993.

• The Giants gave up 34 points at halftime, which matched the total the Giants had allowed in the first half in their first five games combined.

• Drew Brees torched the Giants for 349 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers, the second time this season Brees threw at least four TDs in a game.

• Seven different Saints scored a touchdown for the first time in franchise history.

• Marques Colston caught one of Brees' four touchdowns and finished with 166 receiving yards, three yards shy of his single-game high.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

It was Manning's first game in the Superdome, but not a memorable one for him -- or for fellow Louisiana natives Brandon Jacobs and Corey Webster. Manning was 14 of 31 for 178 yards. He lost his cool at least once, yelling at Ahmad Bradshaw and slapping his shoulder pad after the running back's lapse in protection precipitated a rushed throw that Jabari Greer intercepted early in the third quarter.

"It's not the way I imagined it during the week, but you're going to encounter all sorts of games and all sorts of situations," Manning said before walking across the Superdome field to the team bus, his mother on one side, his father on the other. "I look at it as a loss. We need to go back to work this week, fix some things and try to improve."

Manning connected with Mario Manningham for a 15-yard score in the second quarter, but also overthrew an open Steve Smith on a deep pass that could have resulted in a touchdown in the first half. He was replaced by David Carr late in the fourth quarter.

By contrast, Brees connected on 15 straight throws at one point, two short of the franchise record he already owns. That stretch included his first three touchdown passes: 1 yard to former Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey, 36 yards to Robert Meachem and 12 yards to Lance Moore.

Saints players and coaches praised the offensive line, which routinely gave Brees time and did not allow him to be sacked.

"I don't know that we ever hit him," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said of Brees, exaggerating only slightly. "At this level, if you're going to stop the pass, you've got to get pressure. You've got to force the quarterback not to throw it on his tempo."

Former Hofstra standout Marques Colston put on a show for his fans watching back in the New York area, often victimizing Webster as he caught eight passes for 166 yards and a 12-yard touchdown. He twisted gracefully in the air to snag passes thrown high and behind him, held the ball while absorbing hard hits and broke tackles while struggling for extra yards.

New Orleans gained more than 500 total yards before a sack of backup Mark Brunell made it 493. Moore caught six passes for 78 yards and Meachem had two catches for 70. New Orleans had 133 yards on the ground, led by Pierre Thomas' 72. Mike Bell, Reggie Bush and fullback Heath Evans all scored on runs.

The Giants were held to a season-low 84 yards rushing.

By the end, jubilant fans rained down chants of "Who dat say they gonna' beat them Saints. Who dat! Who dat!"

Colston said he was confident he and his teammates would not let their explosive start go to their heads, though -- not after missing the playoffs the past two seasons.

"This group has been together long enough to see some of the great times [the NFC championship game in 2006] and the last two years have been pretty difficult for us, so staying grounded is definitely not an issue in this locker room," Colston said. "We've got some great veteran leadership."

NOTES: The Saints have scored on each of their opening drives this season, with four TDs and one field goal. ... Brees joined Archie Manning and Aaron Brooks as the only other QBs to pass for 15,000 yards and 100 TDs as a Saint. ... Giants right tackle Kareem McKenzie left with a groin injury in the second quarter. ... Saints LB Scott Fujita went out with a left calf injury in the first half.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1728
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5770
Total Yards325493
Yards per play5.77.0
Total Drives1312
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-37-8
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

noTD7:23Mike Bell 2 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 70 yds, 7:41
noTD2:26Jeremy Shockey 1 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 2:48
nygFG0:08Lawrence Tynes 49 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 19 yds, 2:08
noTD12:47Robert Meachem 36 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick is No Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 57 yds, 2:23
nygTD7:47Ahmad Bradshaw 10 Yard Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 73 yds, 4:59
noTD5:08Lance Moore 12 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 61 yds, 2:37
nygTD3:25Mario Manningham 15 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 37 yds, 1:45
noTD0:15Reggie Bush 7 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 7 yds, 0:09
noTD4:14Marques Colston 12 Yard Pass From Drew Brees (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 5:11
nygFG12:13Lawrence Tynes 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yds, 2:43
noTD7:07Heath Evans 2 Yard Run (John Carney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 5:05
nygTD3:21Hakeem Nicks 37 Yard Pass From David Carr (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 50 yds, 1:00