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Brees leads Saints past Cardinals 48-41

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Drew Brees snapped out of a two-game funk to throw for 389 yards and four touchdowns, leading the New Orleans Saints past the Arizona Cardinals 48-41 Sunday in the highest-scoring game in the NFL this season.

Brees, who had no TDs and six interceptions his previous two games, completed 37 of 48 with no picks.

Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for a career-best 186 yards for the Saints (6-8), including touchdown plays of 65 and 45 yards.

David Johnson rushed for 53 yards and caught four passes for 55 yards for Arizona (5-8-1). The second-year back became the first player in NFL history to have at least 100 yards from scrimmage in the first 14 games of a season.

Johnson rushed for two touchdowns, giving him 17 TDs this season and 30 in the first 30 games as a pro.

The Cardinals' Carson Palmer threw for 318 yards and two scores.

The teams amassed 913 yards, 488 by New Orleans, 425 by Arizona, which finished 4-3-1 at home.

They traded touchdowns on four possessions in the second half before Brees put New Orleans ahead for good, 41-34, with a 4-yard scoring pass to Michael Thomas with 5:33 to play.

A moment later, the Cardinals' Brittan Golden fumbled and Ken Crawley recovered for the Saints at the Arizona 29. That led to Tim Hightower's 2-yard touchdown run that made it a two-score game with 3:27 remaining.

Palmer threw 30 yards to John Brown for a score with 2:19 left, but the onside kick try went out of bounds and the Saints ran out the clock.

Brees threw for three touchdowns in the first half.

His only bad moment came when Marcus Golden stripped the ball out of his hands and Calais Campbell grabbed it out of the air. The 6-foot-8 lineman, who also had two first-half sacks, rambled 53 yards for a touchdown.

INJURIES

Arizona lost cornerback Marcus Cooper to a back injury early in the second half.

UP NEXT

Saints: Host the Buccaneers next Saturday in the final home game of the season.

Cardinals: Visits at Seattle next Saturday, a rematch of NFC West foes who tied 6-6 earlier in the year, a far cry from this 89-point affair.

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Key Players
D. Brees 9 QB
389 YDs, 4 TDs, 0 INTs
C. Palmer 3 QB
318 YDs, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:19
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
48
41
Touchdown 2:19
C.Palmer pass deep left to Jo.Brown for 30 yards, TOUCHDOWN [N.Fairley].
7
plays
75
yds
1:08
pos
48
40
Point After TD 3:27
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
48
34
Touchdown 3:27
L.Turner reported in as eligible. T.Hightower right tackle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
29
yds
1:46
pos
47
34
Point After TD 5:33
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead. PENALTY on ARI-J.Bethel, Defensive Offside, 5 yards, enforced between downs.
plays
yds
pos
41
34
Touchdown 5:33
D.Brees pass short right to M.Thomas for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
75
yds
3:24
pos
40
34
Point After TD 8:57
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
34
34
Touchdown 8:57
D.Johnson up the middle for 7 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
75
yds
4:02
pos
34
33
Point After TD 12:59
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
34
27
Touchdown 12:59
L.Turner reported in as eligible. T.Hightower right tackle for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
75
yds
5:20
pos
33
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:19
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
27
27
Touchdown 3:19
D.Johnson up the middle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
5
plays
62
yds
2:47
pos
27
26
Field Goal 6:06
W.Lutz 39 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
14
plays
68
yds
5:57
pos
27
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:40
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
24
20
Touchdown 0:40
C.Palmer pass short right to J.Nelson for 10 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
80
yds
1:11
pos
24
19
Point After TD 1:51
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
24
13
Touchdown 1:51
D.Brees pass short right to B.Cooks for 45 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
62
yds
1:41
pos
23
13
Point After TD 6:11
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead. PENALTY on ARI-J.Bethel, Defensive Offside, 5 yards, enforced between downs.
plays
yds
pos
17
13
Touchdown 6:11
D.Brees pass deep middle to B.Cooks for 65 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
77
yds
0:57
pos
16
13
Missed Point After Touchdown 7:08
C.Catanzaro extra point is No Good, Wide Left, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
10
13
Touchdown 7:08
D.Brees sacked at ARI 47 for -7 yards (M.Golden). FUMBLES (M.Golden) [M.Golden], RECOVERED by ARI-C.Campbell at ARI 47. C.Campbell for 53 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
10
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:33
W.Lutz extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 1:33
D.Brees pass short right to T.Cadet for 10 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
30
yds
2:59
pos
9
7
Field Goal 5:27
W.Lutz 37 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Drescher, Holder-T.Morstead.
14
plays
56
yds
7:00
pos
3
7
Point After TD 12:27
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD, Center-A.Brewer, Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:27
Direct snap to K.Williams. K.Williams right end for 49 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
78
yds
2:33
pos
0
6
Time of Pos 37:13 22:47
1st Downs 33 26
Rushing 10 7
Passing 20 17
Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Conv 9-14 5-10
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 488 425
Total Plays 83 56
Avg Gain 5.9 7.6
Net Yards Rushing 130 116
Rush Attempts 32 15
Avg Rush Yards 4.1 7.7
Net Yards Passing 358 309
Comp. - Att. 37-48 28-40
Yards Per Pass 7.5 7.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-31 1-9
Penalties - Yards 5-46 7-52
Touchdowns 6 6
Rushing TDs 2 3
Passing TDs 4 2
Other 0 1
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 1-30.0 2-34.0
Return Yards 40 143
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-40 6-143
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 8/8 5/7
Extra Points 6/6 5/6
Field Goals 2/2 0/1
Red Zone Eff. 4-5 -80% 3-3 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 4-4 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Saints 6-8101432148
Cardinals 5-8-171371441
358 PASS YDS 309
130 RUSH YDS 116
488 TOTAL YDS 425
Saints
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Brees 9 QB
37
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
77.1% 389 4 0 127.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.1% 4559 34 14 103.0
D. Brees 37/48 389 4 0 37
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Ingram 22 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 78 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
167 850 3
M. Ingram 17 78 0 14 8
T. Hightower 34 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 37 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
122 490 3
T. Hightower 11 37 2 9 16
T. Cadet 38 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 19 0
T. Cadet 1 16 0 16 10
J. Kuhn 29 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 34 4
J. Kuhn 1 1 0 1 0
D. Brees 9 QB
37
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 19 2
D. Brees 2 -2 0 -1 37
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
B. Cooks 10 WR
30
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 186 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 70 1056 8
B. Cooks 8 7 186 2 65 30
W. Snead 83 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 8 76 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 67 792 4
W. Snead 11 8 76 0 19 7
M. Thomas 13 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 7 52 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 76 883 8
M. Thomas 10 7 52 1 12 11
T. Cadet 38 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 30 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 247 2
T. Cadet 5 5 30 1 10 10
M. Ingram 22 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 38 287 4
M. Ingram 4 2 14 0 17 8
T. Hightower 34 RB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 189 1
T. Hightower 3 3 11 0 5 16
C. Fleener 82 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 45 563 3
C. Fleener 3 2 10 0 6 1
J. Phillips 86 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 57 1
J. Phillips 1 1 9 0 9 0
J. Kuhn 29 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 63 1
J. Kuhn 2 2 1 0 3 0
B. Coleman 16 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 273 3
B. Coleman 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
V. Bell 48 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-23 0 1.0
V. Bell 7-2 0.0 0 1
J. Byrd 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-22 0 0.0
J. Byrd 4-1 0.0 0 0
S. Moore 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-9 2 0.0
S. Moore 4-2 0.0 0 0
B. Webb 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-2 1 0.0
B. Webb 4-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jordan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-18 0 6.5
C. Jordan 3-0 1.0 0 0
R. Harper 41 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 0 0.0
R. Harper 3-0 0.0 0 0
P. Kruger 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 1.5
P. Kruger 2-0 0.0 0 1
N. Fairley 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-12 0 5.5
N. Fairley 2-0 0.0 0 0
N. Stupar 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-9 1 1.0
N. Stupar 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Robertson 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
62-41 1 1.0
C. Robertson 2-1 0.0 0 0
K. Crawley 46 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-2 0 0.0
K. Crawley 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Banjo 37 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
C. Banjo 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Rankins 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 3.0
S. Rankins 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Cadet 38 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
T. Cadet 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Tapp 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 0.5
D. Tapp 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Lewis 87 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Lewis 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Harris 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
D. Harris 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
W. Lutz 3 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 6/6
SEASON FG XP
23/29 45/46
W. Lutz 2/2 39 6/6 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Morstead 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 30.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
50 48.1 20
T. Morstead 1 30.0 0 30
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Lewis 87 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 20.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 19.0 26 0
T. Lewis 2 20.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Cardinals
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Palmer 3 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70% 318 2 0 110.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 3694 22 13 85.8
C. Palmer 28/40 318 2 0 24
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Williams 33 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 63 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 97 1
K. Williams 3 63 1 49 12
D. Johnson 31 RB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 53 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
260 1138 13
D. Johnson 12 53 2 13 22
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Brown 12 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 81 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 36 480 2
J. Brown 6 5 81 1 30 14
L. Fitzgerald 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 57 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 98 949 5
L. Fitzgerald 9 7 57 0 13 3
D. Johnson 31 RB
22
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 55 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 73 800 4
D. Johnson 5 4 55 0 25 22
J. Gresham 84 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 351 2
J. Gresham 5 3 42 0 23 4
J. Nelson 14 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 5 38 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 361 5
J. Nelson 11 5 38 1 11 9
B. Golden 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 60 1
B. Golden 2 2 23 0 19 0
D. Fells 85 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 117 0
D. Fells 1 1 13 0 13 1
A. Ellington 38 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 77 0
A. Ellington 1 1 9 0 9 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
S. Moore 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-5 0 0.0
S. Moore 11-0 0.0 0 0
K. Minter 51 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
55-18 0 3.5
K. Minter 10-1 0.0 0 0
M. Cooper 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-6 4 0.0
M. Cooper 7-0 0.0 0 0
B. Williams 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-1 0 0.0
B. Williams 6-0 0.0 0 0
T. Mathieu 32 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-2 1 1.0
T. Mathieu 5-1 0.0 0 0
C. Campbell 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-14 1 6.0
C. Campbell 4-0 2.0 0 0
T. Jefferson 22 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
78-18 0 2.0
T. Jefferson 4-2 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-8 0 8.0
C. Jones 4-0 0.0 0 0
P. Peterson 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-5 3 0.0
P. Peterson 4-0 0.0 0 0
D. Swearinger 36 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-7 3 1.0
D. Swearinger 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Mauro 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-4 0 0.0
J. Mauro 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Golden 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-9 0 8.0
M. Golden 2-0 1.0 0 1
K. Martin 96 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
K. Martin 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Boggs 65 C
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Boggs 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Bethel 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-1 0 0.0
J. Bethel 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Brown 12 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Brown 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Catanzaro 7 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 5/6
SEASON FG XP
16/22 34/38
C. Catanzaro 0/1 0 5/6 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 34.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 46.0 1
M. Wile 2 34.0 1 36
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Golden 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 23.8 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 25.0 49 0
B. Golden 6 23.8 35 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:27 NO 25 7:00 14 56 FG
4:32 ARI 30 2:59 7 30 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:26 NO 45 4:18 8 8 Fumble
7:08 NO 23 0:57 2 77 TD
3:32 NO 38 1:41 5 62 TD
0:40 NO 22 0:40 4 6 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NO 25 0:52 3 5 Punt
12:03 NO 11 5:57 14 68 FG
3:19 NO 25 5:20 10 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:57 NO 25 3:24 7 75 TD
5:13 ARI 29 1:46 6 29 TD
2:19 NO 48 2:19 5 11 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 ARI 22 2:33 6 78 TD
5:27 ARI 26 0:55 2 4 Fumble
1:33 ARI 25 5:07 10 38 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:11 ARI 8 2:39 5 18 Punt
1:51 ARI 20 1:11 8 80 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:08 ARI 40 2:05 4 17 Punt
6:06 ARI 38 2:47 5 62 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:59 ARI 25 4:02 7 75 TD
5:33 ARI 25 0:20 3 4 Fumble
3:27 ARI 25 1:08 7 75 TD