Final

Seahawks 19

(5-5, 2-4 away)

Saints 34

(7-3, 4-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, November 21, 2010

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 3 13 0 319
NO 7 20 7 034

Top Performers

Passing: D. Brees (NO) - 382 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Ivory (NO) - 23 CAR, 99 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Colston (NO) - 8 REC, 113 YDS, 2 TD

Saints roll as Drew Brees throws 4 TDs en route to completions record

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees has made plenty of good defenses look bad during his steady accumulation of New Orleans Saints passing records.

That meant trouble for a Seattle team that was already struggling to stop teams from piling up yards in the air.

Brees became the Saints' all-time completions leader while throwing for four touchdowns in New Orleans' 34-19 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.

"Their offense and Drew Brees did what they were famous for -- threw the heck out of the football," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "They played a great game on offense. We couldn't slow them down when we needed to."

Brees was 29 of 42 for 382 yards and completed his 1,850th pass as a Saint in the second quarter to break a record held by Archie Manning since 1982.

Brees hit Marques Colston and Robert Meachem twice each for TDs to keep the defending champion Saints (7-3) one game behind NFC South leader Atlanta.

"Today we played at times as well as we've played all season," Brees said. "That gets you excited because you feel like, man, we're knocking at the door. Just imagine if we can continue to kind of get all the weapons back."

Brees shredded the Seahawks (5-5) without the benefit of having Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas and tight end Jeremy Shockey in the lineup. Yet he still managed to complete passes to 10 different receivers, including rookie tight end Jimmy Graham, who made five catches for 72 yards.

Certainly, New Orleans seems to be regaining its Super Bowl form, having won three straight and four of five, with all victories in that stretch coming by double digits.

"We are on the cusp," Brees said. "We had some weapons last year, but I think we have some guys emerging now that we really have a lot of places that we can spread this ball around."

Seattle came in ranked 28th in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 272.2 yards per game through the air. It didn't help when the Seahawks' best defensive back, Marcus Trufant, took a shot on the helmet from running back Chris Ivory's knee and left the game with a concussion. He was replaced by rookie Walter Thurmond.

Brees' accuracy helped the Saints go 11 of 15 on third downs. He eclipsed 300 yards by the third quarter, marking the 35th time as a Saint, which extended his own franchise mark.

Now in his fifth season in New Orleans, Brees owns numerous franchise passing records, including TDs with 144, but still has another significant one that he'll probably surpass this season. Manning's 21,734 yards passing remains a club record, but Brees is less than 500 yards behind at 21,267.

"It means we throw the ball a lot more than they did" when Manning played, Brees said, laughing. "Obviously, it's a huge honor to be in that category with guys like Archie."

Matt Hasselbeck was 32 of 44 for 366 yards, the most allowed by New Orleans' top-ranked passing defense this season, but Seattle had trouble getting in the end zone. The Seahawks lost two fumbles and had four drives end with field goals by Olindo Mare.

"It's really tough when you are playing against a great player like Drew Brees," Hasselbeck said. "Obviously he was real hot today and when a guy like that is making plays and throwing touchdowns like he did and keeping drives alive, well, it's really hard to win."

The Saints entered the game allowing about 166 yards passing per game. Hasselbeck's scrambling ran Saints pass rushers ragged, and the Seattle quarterback had little trouble throwing downfield.

He connected with Mike Williams six times for 109 yards, including a 68-yarder to the Saints 10, which set up the game's first points on a field goal. Hasselbeck hit Ben Obomanu five times for 87 yards, including one 42-yard gain and a short TD.

But settling for field goals and Marshawn Lynch's two fumbles while trying to fight for extra yards made it tough for Seattle to keep pace.

Roman Harper stripped Lynch and recovered his first turnover, while Scott Shanle got the strip and recovery on the second.

The Saints played their eighth straight game without Bush, who has been out since breaking a bone in his lower right leg in Week 2 at San Francisco. He worked out on the field before the game, but the Saints decided to make him a late scratch, meaning he wouldn't get to play against his old college coach.

Saints coach Sean Payton said he could come back against Dallas on Thanksgiving. The Saints did fine on the ground anyway, with Ivory rushing for 99 yards and scoring New Orleans' first TD on a dive over the pile.

Colston finished with eight catches for 113 yards. Meachem had three receptions for 50 yards, the longest going for a 32-yard score in the third quarter for Brees' last TD passing.

Game notes


Carroll said Williams had a left foot injury that prevented him from playing late in the game, but he was not sure how serious it was. ... Brees has at least one TD in 24 straight games, including last season's playoffs. He has 55 TDs during that span. ... All five of Seattle's losses have been by double digits, with the others coming by 17, 17, 30 and 34 points, but the Seahawks still lead the NFC West.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
NO
1st Downs2126
Passing 1st downs
1720
Rushing 1st downs
45
1st downs from Penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
7-1211-15
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays6172
Total Yards424494
Yards per play7.06.9
Total Drives119
Passing366382
Comp - Att
32-4429-43
Yards per pass
8.38.9
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks - Yards Lost
0-00-0
Rushing58112
Rushing Attempts
1729
Yards per rush
3.43.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-32-5
Penalties8-793-24
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:1533:45

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck32/443668.3100-0
NOC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brees29/433828.9420-0

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch7365.1017
Hasselbeck11212.0012
NOCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ivory23994.3124
Meachem188.008

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Williams610918.20687
Obomanu58717.41426
NORECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Colston811314.122311
Graham57214.40278

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEANO
seaFG07:07Olindo Mare 20 Yd 30
noTD01:30Chris Ivory 1 Yd Run (Garrett Hartley Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERSEANO
seaFG14:55Olindo Mare 43 Yd 67
noTD10:17Marques Colston 23 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick) 614
noTD05:48Robert Meachem 3 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick) 621
seaTD01:54Ben Obomanu 2 Yd Pass From Matt Hasselbeck (Olindo Mare Kick) 1321
noTD01:00Marques Colston 22 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1327
seaFG00:00Olindo Mare 43 Yd 1627
THIRD QUARTERSEANO
noTD12:18Robert Meachem 32 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley Kick) 1634
FOURTH QUARTERSEANO
seaFG05:26Olindo Mare 20 Yd 1934