Drew Brees passed for four touchdowns and ran for another score, and New Orleans clinched a wild-card spot with a 42-17 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Three of Brees’ scoring strikes were longer than 40 yards — 76 to Kenny Stills, 44 to Lance Moore and 41 to Robert Meachem. Brees passed for 381 yards, eclipsing 5,000 yards in a season for an unprecedented fourth time. He finished the season with 5,162 yards to go with 39 touchdowns.
Brees’ other TD was a 10-yard pass to tight end Jimmy Graham, and the Saints (11-5) finished 8-0 in the Superdome.
It is unfortunate because the Saints will have to travel to face their opponent in the playoffs.