MIAMI, FL (Sporting Alert) — Drew Brees went 19 of 27 passes and threw for 257 yards and five touchdowns in guiding the New Orleans Saints to a 35-32 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Brees threw four of his five touchdowns in the first three quarters of the game, while wide receiver Kenny Stills had five catches for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Saints (5-7), who snapped a three-game skid.
“We’re going to enjoy this victory because we just beat a very good football team,” Bees told reporters.
“We’re going to enjoy it this and yet we still understand how much better we can become.”
Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger completed 32 of 58 passes for 435 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions in the defeat for Pittsburgh (7-5), which dropped two of its last three games.
“We have a four-game schedule,” Roethlisberger said. “It was five and we lost. You can’t say we’re 0-1 but we have a four-game schedule now.
“We have to take care of our business and play better.”
Le’Veon Bell caught the ball eight times for a career-high 159 yards and also ran an additional 95 yards and a score for the Steelers. Antonio Brown had eight catches for 97 yards and two scores in the defeat.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was disappointed with his team’s defeat, but said there were somethings that went well.
“We had consistency at different stages but none of it together with the type of cohesion on offense, defense (and) special teams working together to maximize the natural ebb and flow that occurs in football games,” said Tomlin.
“We played well at different times in the game but never enough together to secure victory.”
Andrew Luck threw for 370 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another 20 yards in Indianapolis Colts’ 49-27 victory over the Washington Redskins.
The win saw the Colts (8-4) picking up successive positive results at home, while grabbing its eighth win in the last 10 games.
Donte Moncrief and Coby Fleener each scored a pair of touchdowns in the win.
“I think that our tempo helped to get some drives together, but we came in thinking that we had a chance at some big ones,” Luck said after his team’s win.
Fleener scored off 30 and 73 yard passes from Luck, while Moncrief collected touchdowns from 48 and 79 yard passes from the club’s star quarterback.
Colt McCoy, who replaced Robert Griffin III at quarterback in Sunday’s game, went 31 for 47 passes for 392 yards and three touchdowns in the defeat for the Redskins (3-9), which dropped its fourth game in a row and the eighth in the last 10 outings.
Elsewhere in Week 13, Aaron Rodgers threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns in the Green Bay Packers’ 26-21 win over the New England Patriots, who got 245 yards and two touchdowns from their quarterback Tom Brady at Lambeau Field.
Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes for 179 yards and Connor Barth put away all five of his field-goal attempts in the Denver Broncos impressive 29-16 road win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Coming in here tonight, we knew it was going to be tough weather conditions,” Denver head coach John Fox said. “We were able to lean on the run game.
“The blocking element was there as well as our running backs; they ran the ball very hard and effectively.”
Running back C. J. Anderson rushed 32 times for 168 yards and caught a touchdown pass for the AFC West-leaders Broncos (9-3), which won two in a row and seven of the last nine games.
“I’m starting to understand what they want to do when it comes to blocking upfront and they are starting to understand what type of runner I am and I think it’s making things a lot better,” Anderson said about the team chemistry on Sunday.
Alex Smith went 15 of 23 in passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, but threw two interceptions and sacked six times as well in the defeat for the Chiefs (7-5), which finished the game with 151 total yards.
“There’s really not a phase that I can point to that was a positive in this game for us,” said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
“There were too many things to hit with the special teams error, the interception, the turnovers, interceptions.
“We could never get it back on track completely.”
NFL Week 13 Box Scores on Nov. 30
Denver 29, Kansas City 16 – Box Score | Play-By-Play
Indianapolis 49, Washington 27 – Box Score | Play-By-Play
San Diego 34, Baltimore 33 – Box Score | Play-By-Play
Jacksonville 25, NY Giants 24 – Box Score | Play-By-Play
Houston 45, Tennessee 21 – Box Score
Buffalo 26, Cleveland 10 – Box Score
Cincinnati 14, Tampa Bay 13 – Box Score
St. Louis 52, Oakland 0 – Box Score
New Orleans 35, Pittsburgh 32 – Box Score
Minnesota 31, Carolina 13 – Box Score
Atlanta 29, Arizona 18 – Box Score
Green Bay 26, New England 21 – Box Score