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Brees throws 4 TD passes, Saints rout Brady, Buccaneers 38-3

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New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill (89) celebrates with teammates, including running back Michael Burton (32), after catching a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Brees during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

TAMPA, Fla. – Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady, and the battle for supremacy of the NFC South, was a one-sided affair.

Brees threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns, regaining the NFL career TD pass lead and lifting the New Orleans Saints into first place with a 38-3 rout of Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night.

The three-time defending division champion won their fifth straight game, intercepting Brady three times and completing a season sweep of the Bucs (6-3), who also suffered a double-digit loss at New Orleans in Week 1.

“Each time you can win and find different ways to win, I think it just builds confidence and creates momentum," Brees said.

“Obviously, tonight was a great night,” he added. "All the way around, in all three phases, it was pretty exceptional.”

The Saints (6-2) weren’t perfect — turning the ball over twice themselves — however the offense was extremely efficient with receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders back in the lineup, and the defense played its best game of the season.

Brees was 26 of 32 passing, including first-half TD throws of 14 yards to Tre’Quan Smith, 8 yards to Adam Trautman and 12 yards to Sanders, who missed the previous two games while on the COVID-19 list. The 41-year-old added a 3-yarder to Josh Hill to make it 38-0 with just over nine minutes remaining.

“We knew this was a big game, divisional opponent, Tampa’s playing extremely well," said Brees, who lost a fumble on Tampa Bay's only sack but did not throw an interception.