JANUARY 1 2012 23:05h
NFL: New Orleans 45, Carolina 17
Brees, who tossed five touchdowns in the win, finished the regular season with 5,476 yards. He passed former record-holder Dan Marino's mark in Monday's Saints victory over Atlanta.
NFC South champion New Orleans still needed some help St. Louis in a later Sunday game against San Francisco, which is also vying for the NFC's No. 2 seed.
The Saints' Christopher Ivory rushed 19 times for 127 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Cam Newton was limited to 15-of-25 through the air for 158 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while running six times for 32 yards for the Panthers (6-10).
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Drew Brees added to his single-season passing mark with 389 aerial yards Sunday and the New Orleans Saints breezed to a 45-17 rout of Carolina.