Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints easily defeated the Minnesota Vikings in a lopsided 52-33 victory, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Saints’ win was helped by a rushing game that produced 264 yards and seven rushing touchdowns, and by a 311 yards and no touchdowns effort by Brees.
Brees finished the game completing 19 of 26 passes, to lead the way for the Saints. He ended up with an overall QB rating of 80.80, coming from a performance that included 311 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions for the game.
The Saints deployed a rushing game led by Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara. For the game, Murray carried the ball 12 times and rushed for 72 yards, leading to zero touchdowns. Kamara supplemented by carrying the ball 22 times for a total of 155 yards. In the passing game, the Saints’ top receivers were Marquez Callaway and Emmanuel Sanders. Callaway caught three passes for a total of 26 yards, while Sanders contributed with 83 yards from four passes.
Contributing to the victory was a defensive line stats of two sacks , two forced fumbles, zero tackles for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the Saints.
For the losing team, Kirk Cousins finished the game completing 27 of 41 passes to lead the way for the Vikings. This performance by Cousins led to a QB rating of 110.90, and game stats of 291 yards, zero interceptions and three touchdowns.
The Vikings’ rushing game was led by Ameer Abdullah and Dalvin Cook. For the game, Abdullah carried the ball one time, rushed for 13 yards, and no touchdowns. Cook supplemented and carried the ball a total of 15 times for a total of 73 yards. Meanwhile Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Vikings. Jefferson caught six passes from Cousins for a total of 85 yards, while Thielen contributed with 97 yards from eight passes.
In a losing effort, the Vikings defense contributed with zero sacks , no forced fumbles, two tackles for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the game.
After this game, the Saints improved to a record of 11-4, while the Vikings dropped to a 6-9 record.