Tonight in the New Orleans Saints’ 34-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts, Drew Brees had a great game: completing 29/30 of his passes for 307 yards with a 96.67% completion rate and throwing four touchdowns without any interceptions. Last night’s game was the second game in a row that Drew has thrown over four touchdowns and 300 yards with no interceptions. This is greatness at its finest.
And with age, Drew Brees has began to break NFL records. The 40 year-old quarterback broke one that Peyton Manning had held for just a few years, in his game last night — passing him on the most career touchdown passes list. Now he stands at the top with 540 in his career, so far.
Closely emerging behind him is Tom Brady, as well. Brady, age 42, is at 538 career touchdown passes and will likely pass both Brees and Manning in his next game this Saturday.
After Drew had beaten Peyton’s record, Tom Brady decided to speak out on this incredible feat:
” Congrats [D]rew!! Couldn’t be more deserving. Passing Peyton in anything is an incredible achievement and your records will be tough to beat! But it’s worth trying [.]
This was a nice gesture by Tom, because he has been compared to Peyton for a long time and it might have been nice, in his mind, to pass Manning’s record first.
Drew has had to prove himself multiple times in his career. He left the Chargers in 2005 because they chose Philip Rivers over him. Lately, he has been getting older too — therefore becoming more prone to injuries. Just this season alone, Brees missed five games due to a ruptured ligament in his hand. During this time, Teddy Bridgewater started at quarterback and won each game, even against the Seahawks! Once Brees came back, he had to prove himself again, which is exactly what he did.
Reggie Bush, five-year teammate of Brees, uploaded a video to Instagram yesterday showing Drew going through plays and envisioning the game post-practice. No one else was in the training facility, and it was long after practice had ended. He was preparing himself for his next game both physically and mentally by getting mental reps while improving muscle-memory. These are the things that he does differently during the week so that come game time, he can do things differently than his opponent — setting himself up for victory.
The Saints have locked up the top spot in the NFC South and are currently ranked 3rd in their conference. Green Bay has the same record as New Orleans (11-3), yet the Packers are ahead at 2nd in the division. If the Saints win out and the Packers lose a game, then Drew and the rest of his team will be able to take a rest during the first-round bye in the playoffs. This might be exactly what the Saints need for another Super Bowl run. And if they go all the way to the Super Bowl and win it, it is likely that Brees’ retirement would be imminent.
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