Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer
The rout is on. The Saints added a fifth touchdown on their fifth possession for a 35-7 halftime lead over the Bengals, thanks to a 78-yard interception return by safety Marcus Williams and a 17-yard TD pass from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas with two seconds remaining in the half. The Saints had time for only one shot at the end zone — and Brees and Thomas delivered. Thomas also threw up an "X" for Dez Bryant after his second TD catch of the game. Brees is now alone in second place all-time with 509 career TD passes, passing Brett Favre. For the day, Brees is 18 of 20 for 214 yards and three TDs.