NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 06: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints yells to the sidelines during their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 6, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Drew Brees reached two milestones as New Orleans avenged an early-season loss and assumed control of the NFC South.
Drew Brees threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns, the Saints ran for 195 yards as a team, and New Orleans kept the Bucs at bay all afternoon in a 27-16 victory that may have been more lopsided than the score indicates.
Tampa Bay's offense was a woeful two-for-12 on third down, and the Bucs had just three plays of more than 20 yards in their loss. Josh Freeman threw for 281 yards, but most came on catch-and-run plays.
Brees also hit two milestones on the day: his two touchdown passes extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 36, tied with Brett Favre for second-most in NFL history, and he moved into the top 10 on the NFL's list of most completions all time, passing Joe Montana.
The win pushes New Orleans to 6-3 and sole possession of first place in the NFC South. Tampa Bay falls to 4-4 with the loss.
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