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Brees tosses 4 TDs as Saints blow away Giants

DREW Brees tossed four touchdown passes to help the New Orleans Saints win the battle of undefeated teams by crushing the New York Giants 48-27 on Sunday.

The Giants' (5-1) top-ranked defense marched into the Big Easy having allowed just 211 yards a game but was shredded by Brees, who completed 23-of-30 pass attempts to help the Saints rack up 493 yards in total offense and improve to 5-0.

Brees utilized all his weapons with seven different players recording touchdowns while the New Orleans defence ruined Eli Manning's homecoming, harassing the New York quarterback who was playing his first game in the stadium where he grew up cheering his father, former Saints quarterback Archie Manning.

"After watching the film, we felt like there were some shots to be taken," Brees said.

"We wanted to keep mixing it up and keep them off balance. That's the type of rhythm when you get in, you feel like you can call anything."

Brees did most of his damage in the first half, completing 17-of-20 passes, including 15 straight, for three touchdowns, including his 100th as a Saint.


The Saints, who had scored on every one of their opening drives this season, continued that streak, taking the kickoff and marching 70 yards capped by two-yard touchdown plunge by Mike Bell.

New Orleans next possession, Brees took his team 80 yards finding former-Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey with a one-yard touchdown pass.

New York got on the scoreboard before the end of the first quarter on a 49-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal but New Orleans responded with a 36-yard Brees to Robert Meachem touchdown to put the home side up 20-3 and keep the party rolling at a raucous Superdome.

The Giants halved the New Orleans advantage on a 10-yard touchdown dash from Ahmad Bradshaw but again the Saints answered back, Brees hitting Lance Moore with a 12 yard touchdown.

Manning connected with Mario Manningham on a 15-yard strike but the next possession he was stripped of the ball and the Saints quickly capitalized on the turnover, Reggie Bush rumbling into the end zone with nine seconds left in the half for a commanding 34-17 lead.

"The defense really came up with a big play there," Payton said. "That was huge that we were able to score."

The Saints continued their aerial assault in the second half, Brees hooking up with favorite target Marques Colston for a 12 yard touchdown.


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