NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held since 1984, and the Saints clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Falcons Monday night.
Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdown passes, the last a 9-yard strike to Darren Sproles that set the record with 2:51 to go.
It was Brees' final pass of the game and it gave him 5,087 yards passing -- with one game still to play. As Sproles spiked the ball, Brees put his arm over his head and started walking toward midfield while the Superdome crowd went wild and his teammates chased him down.
Saints lockdown at least one home playoff game, but could grab the NFC 2nd seed by winning next weekend combined with a Niners lose to the Rams.