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Saints Win 49-24 to Keep Division Lead, Send Giants to Third Straight Loss

Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score as the New Orleans Saints beat the New York Giants 49-24 to maintain their division lead and send the Giants to a third straight loss.

Brees finished with 363 yards passing last night at the Superdome in New Orleans as the Saints improved to 8-3 and pushed their National Football League winning streak to three games. New Orleans has a one-game lead over the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football Conference South division.

“You want to put your best performance out on the field and get a little bit better each week,” Brees, who leads the NFL with 3,689 yards passing, said in a televised interview. “It’s all about making a run now that we’re getting into December. The challenges only get greater as you move through the season.”

The Giants slipped to 6-5, falling one game behind the first-place Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. Four of the Giants’ five remaining regular-season games are against teams with winning records, including Dallas (7-4), who they play twice, the Green Bay Packers (11-0) and New York Jets (6-5).

The Giants, who allowed 577 yards of offense and their most points since a 50-21 loss to Washington on Sept. 19, 1999, next host the Packers on Dec. 4.

“They had a good scheme and we didn’t get to the passer, again,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said at a news conference. “When we don’t get to the passer, we have trouble.”

After a scoreless first quarter, New Orleans outscored the Giants 21-3 in the second, with Brees throwing two touchdown passes to Lance Moore and one to Jimmy Graham.

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The Giants pulled within 21-10 on a third-quarter touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs before the Saints scored twice in a span of 1 minute, 35 seconds. Brees scrambled into the end zone for an 8-yard score with 5:48 left in the quarter and then threw another touchdown pass to Graham from 29 yards out following a Giants fumble.

Eli Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes to Victor Cruz for the Giants in the fourth quarter, while Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram countered with touchdown runs for the Saints.

It was the third time this season the Saints have scored 40 or more points in a game. New Orleans now has a 5-0 record at the Superdome this year.

Manning had 406 yards passing for the Giants, who entered the game with the NFL’s worst rushing offense and finished with 73 yards on the ground.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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