Drew Brees passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score as the Saints beat New York, 49-24, in New Orleans on Monday night, extending the Giants’ losing skid to three games.
Tight end Jimmy Graham had five catches for 84 yards, including touchdowns of 5 and 29 yards. Brees’ two other scoring strikes went to Lance Moore, who had five catches for 54 yards.
This was a game New York was desperate to win after losing its previous two to San Francisco and Philadelphia.
Instead, the Giants (6-5) dropped a game behind first-place Dallas in the NFC East and face the possibility of a four-game losing streak when they host the unbeaten Green Bay Packers next weekend.
The Saints (8-3), meanwhile, maintained a one-game lead over Atlanta in the NFC South.
The Giants took a beating on the scoreboard and on the field. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora went out with a sprained ankle and receiver Hakeem Nicks was rocked by a vicious collision with Saints safety Isa Abdul-Quddus.
Nicks stayed in the game despite bruised ribs.
NO MORE ANTICS
Stevie Johnson’s colorful – and sometimes questionable – touchdown celebrations appear to be over.
That’s what the Buffalo Bills receiver suggested after he was criticized for a celebration in which he mocked the New York Jets and their receiver Plaxico Burress during Sunday’s 28-24 loss.
After saying he “probably” won’t continue celebrating after scoring, Johnson then added that his extended TD demonstration against the Jets would be his last. Johnson gestured shooting himself in the leg, mocking Burress, who shot himself in the leg at a nightclub in 2008 and later went to jail for carrying a handgun.
Johnson said he’s taken to heart a conversation he had with coach Chan Gailey.
“He was telling me I have to be smarter. I’ve got to be more aware of the situations and rules,” Johnson said. “I’ll listen to every word that he says. That’s my coach.”
Houston quarterback Matt Leinart is out for the season with a broken left collarbone. … Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita also could be done with a broken right hand. … Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, last season’s NFL defensive player of the year, has a suspected concussion and the team did not offer a prognosis. … The NFL moved the Raiders-Packers game Dec. 11 from its 10 a.m. (PST) slot to 1:15 p.m. under the flex scheduling policy. … Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio said struggling rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert will start against San Diego. … Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor is being sued by the teenage girl he admitted having sex with in the case that led to his guilty plea to misdemeanor charges earlier this year. She is seeking compensatory and punitive damages to be determined at trial. … Packers linebacker Erik Walden was released from jail after spending the weekend behind bars following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. … One day after quarterback Tyler Palko committed four turnovers in a four-point loss to Pittsburgh, Chiefs coach Todd Haley said recently acquired Kyle Orton would also get some first-team snaps during practice this week.