Saints 42, Minnesota Vikings 20; December 18, 2011 at Mall of America Field – The Saints, behind 412 yards passing and five scoring passes by quarterback Drew Brees and a stingy defense, knocked down the Vikings, 42-20. With the win, the Saints reached 11 victories for the third consecutive season for the first time in franchise history.
After some early struggles, New Orleans scored touchdowns on four consecutive full possessions in the second and third quarters and racked up 573 yards of total offense to the Vikings' 207. Brees threw for 412 yards, with eight of the passes being caught by wide receiver Marques Colston (91 yards) and the Saints' running game, led by running back Chris Ivory (18-74) rushed for 161 yards on the day.
After an early turnover resulting in a Minnesota field goal, New Orleans jumped out to a 7-3 first quarter lead on a five-yard scoring pass from Brees to WR Lance Moore. Minnesota would score ten more first half points, but Brees throwing four more scoring passes in the second and third quarters would put the game out of hand.
- Brees completed 32 of 40 passes for 412 yards with five touchdown passes and a 149.2 passer rating.
- On his 27th birthday, running back Pierre Thomas rushed eight times for 44 yards with a one-yard touchdown, and also had two receptions for 41 yards.
- Cornerback Patrick Robinson's fourth quarter interception was his career-high and team-best third of the season.