Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 31-15 victory over Chicago and move them into sole possession of first place in the NFC South Division. It also means that Saints fans can continue their search for Super Bowl 2015 tickets. A loss would have ended any hopes for head coach Sean Payton’s squad playing in the postseason.
After a scoreless first quarter, Brees helped New Orleans grab a 14-0 halftime lead with two of his touchdown passes in the second quarter. The first was an eight-yarder to Josh Hill and the second, a nine-yarder to Marques Colston, capped a 10-play, 95-yard drive.
The game was never close as Brees continued to pile it on the Chicago defense with his third TD pass with 8:35 to play in third quarter. Brees connected with Hill again this time from seven yards out to give New Orleans a 21-0 lead. The Saints got the ball back later in the quarter and Shayne Graham pushed the lead to 24-0 with a 25-yard field goal.
The Bears defense, which has struggled all year especially against the pass, gave up 443 yards to the Saints. Tight end Jimmy Graham caught five of Brees’ passes for 87 yards while Pierre Thomas also had five grabs for 83.
Chicago did not manage to put any points on the board until Marquess Wilson caught a one-yard TD pass from quarterback Jay Cutler. After Saints RB Mark Ingram scored on a 15-yard run late in the fourth quarter, Chicago added a meaningless touchdown on a seven-yard TD pass from Cutler to WR Alshon Jeffrey.
The Saints are now 6-8. They finish the season with division games against Atlanta (5-9) and Tampa Bay (2-12). New Orleans controls its own destiny and with two wins the New Orleans can claim the NFC South.