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Saints 45, Panthers 17

Brees, Saints break several records

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees set a merciless tone with relentless, aggressive, pinpoint passing and the Saints shrugged off injury risks, barreling into the postseason with an all-out effort.

"Every facet of our offense is clicking right now, but yet you're constantly finding ways to advance it," Brees said. "We've raised the bar for ourselves."

Brees passed for 389 yards and five touchdowns, and the Saints set a slew of NFL and club records in a blowout of the Panthers.

San Francisco's victory meant the Saints settled for the No. 3 seed in the NFC and will host Detroit in the first round.

New Orleans set league records for offensive yards (7,474), team yards passing (5,347) and first downs (416). Brees set records for completions (468, breaking Peyton Manning's 450 last season), completion percentage (71.6, breaking his own record of 70.6 in 2009) and yards (5,476).

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Saints 45, Panthers 17 01/01/12 [Last modified: Sunday, January 1, 2012 11:26pm]
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