It was over when ...
This was the first time since at least 1960 that the top two offenses that each average 400-plus total yards have faced each other in Week 12 or later. ... The Saints have won 11 games in a season for the first time since 1991. ... Tom Brady became the leading career passer for the Patriots.. ... The last NFC team to defeat the Patriots in the regular season was the Panthers in 2005.