By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees passed for 342 yards and three touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints won their fourth straight, 31-17 over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night.
Brees' performance gave him 4,031 yards on the season, making him the first quarterback in NFL history to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark in the first 12 games of a season.
His touchdown passes went for 67 yards to Robert Meachem, 20 yards to Lance Moore and 6 yards to Darren Sproles. He also connected eight times with tight end Jimmy Graham for 89 yards as the Saints (9-3) improved to 6-0 at home.
Matthew Stafford passed for 408 yards and one touchdown for the Lions (7-5), who have lost 5 of their last seven, but remain in playoff contention.
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