New Orleans — FOOTBALL
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking the mark Dan Marino held for 27 years, and the New Orleans Saints won the NFC South with a 45-16 victory over Atlanta.
Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, 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. Marino had 5,084 yards for the Miami Dolphins in 1984.
Brees had four touchdowns passes to push his career total to 276, moving him ahead of Joe Montana (273) and Vinny Testeverde (275) for ninth place on the career list. Brees also became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 5,000 yards twice. He had 5,069 in 2008.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings expect star running back Adrian Peterson to recover from left knee surgery for two torn ligaments in time to start next season.
Peterson tore his ACL and MCL when he was hit in the side of the knee by Washington safety DeJon Gomes in the third quarter of Minnesota's road victory Saturday. Peterson will undergo surgery within the next seven to 10 days, according to Minnesota head trainer Eric Sugarman.
Sugarman outlined an eight-to-nine-month recovery for Peterson, who signed a seven-year, $100 million contract extension before the first week of the season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Syracuse was No. 1 for the third straight week in The Associated Press' Top 25.
The Orange (13-0) received 54 first-place votes from the 65-member media poll. Ohio State was second, followed by Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Baylor and Duke. Ohio State received five No. 1 votes.
San Diego State moved into the poll for the first time this season at No. 25. Xavier, which lost three straight games after several players were suspended for fighting, dropped out from No. 14.