- Associated Press - Sunday, January 1, 2012

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have set an NFL record for the most yards of offense in a season.

The 2000 St. Louis Rams held the previous mark of 7,075. New Orleans eclipsed that number in the second quarter of Sunday’s season finale against the Carolina Panthers on a pass from Drew Brees to Robert Meachem, reaching 7,081.

The record by the Saints comes one week after Drew Brees passed Dan Marino’s 27-yard-old mark for yards passing. He entered this week’s game at 5,087 yards and added 140 through a little more than a quarter against Carolina.

Brees‘ first TD pass also gave the Saints a franchise record for points in a season with 516, breaking the 2009 mark of 510.