New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees continued his onslaught on Dan Marino's single-season passing record Sunday night at the expense of the Indianapolis Colts.
Brees hit 31 of 35 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns as the Saints stunned the visiting Colts 62-7 in a nationally televised game. Brees, with 2,477 passing yards this season, is on pace to beat Marino's mark of 5,084 yards. Brees compiled a near-perfect 144.5 quarterback rating against the Colts.
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The Saints totaled 557 yards of offense and 36 first downs. The first downs were the most ever allowed by the Colts. New Orleans' points were the most ever surrendered by the Colts. New Orleans' first punt came in the final 3 minutes of the game after the home team scored seven touchdowns and two field goals on its first nine offensive possessions.
Rookie running back Delone Carter scored the Colts' only touchdown on a two-yard run. He led Indy with 89 rushing yards.
The Colts fell to 0-7 ahead of next Sunday's game at Tennessee. New Orleans is 5-2.
FIRST QUARTER (9:02 remaining)
The Saints capitalized on an Indy turnover to get on the scoreboard first. Colts quarterback Curtis Painter, in the shotgun formation, wasn't ready for a snap from center Jeff Saturday and the resulting fumble, recovered by Jonathan Vilma, put the Saints at the Indy 41-yard line. From there, Saints quarterback Drew Brees engineered a touchdown in six plays, including a 14-yard scoring pass to Marques Colston. John Kasay hit the extra point. Saints 7, Colts 0
FIRST QUARTER (5:31 remaining)
The Saints struck again, this time on a six-play, 81-yard drive. The big play was a 57-yard completion from Brees to Pierre Thomas, which was followed by a face-mask penalty that gave New Orleans the ball at the 4-yard line. Brees connected with Colston again for the score. Kasay hit the extra point. Saints 14, Colts 0
FIRST QUARTER (3:42 remaining)
Brees threw his third touchdown pass of the quarter, hitting Darren Sproles with a six-yarder. It completed an eight-play, 52-yard drive that started when Cameron Jordan recovered a fumble by the Colts' Delone Carter. Kasay added the Saints' extra point. Saints 21, Colts 0
SECOND QUARTER (10:39 remaining)
The Saints scored their fourth touchdown in as many possessions, marching 69 yards in seven plays. Jed Collins burrowed in from the 1-yard line for the score. Kasay added the extra point. Saints 28, Colts 0
SECOND QUARTER (4:20 remaining)
The Saints made it 31-0 on Kasay's 23-yard field goal. The drive went 11 plays and 53 yards. Saints 31, Colts 0
SECOND QUARTER (1:56 remaining)
The Colts put up their first points, thanks largely to Carter, a rookie running back. His tough and persistent 42-yard run was the big play of the 80-yard drive. Carter burst over from the 2-yard line for the score. Adam Vinatieri kicked the extra point. Saints 31, Colts 7
SECOND QUARTER (0:00 remaining)
Kasay booted a 47-yard field goal as time expired. The drive was seven plays and 52 yards, with the big play being Brees' 39-yard completion to Colston. The Saints completed a perfect first half, scoring four touchdowns and two field goals on six possessions. Saints 34, Colts 7
THIRD QUARTER (9:16 remaining)
Brees cracked the 300-yard mark in passing when he hit Jimmy Graham with a four-yard touchdown. It completed a 10-play, 75-yard drive. Kasay kicked the extra point. Saints 41, Colts 7
THIRD QUARTER (1:41 remaining)
Brees connected for his fifth touchdown pass, hitting Graham with a two-yarder. The drive was 11 plays and 60 yards. Kasay made the extra point. Saints 48, Colts 7
FOURTH QUARTER (12:26 remaining)
Sproles ran 16 yards for a touchdown that ended a six-play, 58-yard march. It was New Orleans' ninth offensive possession of the game, on which the Saints recorded seven touchdowns and two field goals. Kasay kicked the extra point. Saints 55, Colts 7
FOURTH QUARTER (12:12 remaining)
Leigh Thomas intercepted a Painter pass and returned it 42 yards for the score. Kasay booted the extra point. Saints 62, Colts 7