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Drew Brees reaches 5,000-yard mark

NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints' Drew Brees eclipsed 5,000 passing yards for the fourth time in his career Sunday –- a single-season feat no other NFL quarterback has done more than once.

Brees passed the threshold in style –- with a 41-yard touchdown to receiver Robert Meachem midway through the third quarter to give New Orleans a 21-7 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Through that point, Brees was 15-of-18 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns, with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

The Saints (10-5) need a win Sunday or a loss by the Arizona Cardinals to clinch a playoff spot.

Brees ranks fifth in NFL history in career passing yards. Heading into Sunday's game, he had 50,700 passing yards in his 13-year career with the Saints and San Diego Chargers.

All four of his 5,000-yard seasons have come with the Saints (2008, 2011-13).