NEW ORLEANS —
Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns and New Orleans beat Carolina, 31-13, on Sunday night to regain sole possession of first place in the
"Love this offense. Love what
The Panthers' defense had not given up more than two touchdowns in a game this season but the
The Saints also became the only team this season to score more than 24 points against Carolina, which had the top-ranked scoring defense in the NFL, giving up 13.1 points per game.
Brees' first two touchdown passes went to
"We just had great balance," Brees said. "Marques came up with some huge catches, as did Jimmy. The line did a great job … and the defense did a great job of getting us the ball."
New Orleans sacked
"I'm surprised and disappointed. We're a better team than we played today," Coach
New Orleans has a one-game lead over the Panthers with three games to go. The teams play at Carolina in two weeks.
Brees completed 30 of 42 passes in becoming the first quarterback to pass for at least 4,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons and pass for 30 touchdowns six seasons in a row.