NEW ORLEANS – Reach another rare milestone for Drew Brees in Monday Night Football.
Brees and the New Orleans Saints recovered from a 20-3 deficit Monday night to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 in extra time – only the second time in Brees’ career that he had recovered from a 17-point deficit or higher .
Brees was previously 1-48 in such situations, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The other victory? A thrilling 46-34 win in Miami in 2009 during the Saints Super Bowl season, in which New Orleans was 21 down.
“Yeah, this was wild,” Brees, 41, said on the ESPN broadcast after finishing with 325 yards, a touchdown pass and a TD run.
Brees now also has 12 career OT wins, including the playoffs, tied with Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady for the most part from an early QB in NFL history.
When asked later if he knew the history of those 17-point rallies, Brees pointed out that he was part of the Saints teams who had also returned from similar margins before finally losing the playoffs in San Francisco in 2011 and Minnesota in 2011. 2017..
“So I know there is this exact number of 17, but I’m sure if we concentrated on 13, 14, 15, there would be a lot more,” Brees said with a smile. “But the bottom line is we weren’t playing Saints football in the first half. There were too many mistakes that got you beaten.
“We shouldn’t have mounted the comeback we had to mount to win this match.”
Now, no one is exactly suggesting that these Saints (3-2) look ready to make another Super Bowl right after a mixed start to this season and an even more turbulent start to Monday night’s game, which included way too many defensive failures.
But last week they also overcame a 14-0 deficit in Detroit. And now they have the option of a much-needed reboot following the week 6 farewell, which should include the return of star wide receiver Michael Thomas.
“At the end of the day, these are growing experiences, these are learning experiences,” Brees said. “And to have victories like this, where you really have to fight to win – just like we did last week … that’s how you grow as a team. That’s how you become battle tested. And I think you pay dividends as you move here.” .
Saints manager Sean Payton declined to elaborate on his decision to bench Thomas for this match after Thomas punched a teammate on Friday in training, saying he preferred to discuss “the players who played tonight” .
But Brees said he and the other team leaders spoke to Thomas and, “Mike is an important part of this team, and he will be an important part of this team moving forward.”
“We had an accident, and Sean dealt with it … and it’s going to be fine,” said Brees of Thomas, who also missed three games with an ankle injury before Friday’s crash.
The Brees and Saints’ offense got off to a lackluster Monday night before they caught fire during a two-minute landing drill before half-time.
Brees started the game 7 of 15 by going 43 yards with an interception before his strong goal. His 41-yard TD pass for tight end Jared Cook included 32 air yards – the second most of all his pitches this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He also led the Saints downfield for kicker Wil Lutz’s 36-yard field goal to start overtime before the Saints defense showed up with a winning stop.
Brees also linked with catcher Emmanuel Sanders for 12 career shots and 122 yards – and Alvin Kamara for a stunning 28-yard catch in close coverage towards the end of the fourth quarter.
“Some games get what we want more than other games. But it is what it is,” Kamara said. “It’s a different flavor for each game. And tonight was a dirty, dirty, dirty game. So we just had to claw and scratch and get out on top.”
Brees has had some memorable Monday Night Football performances, including games where he set the NFL career passing yardage record, the NFL career TD passing record, the NFL’s single season passing yardage record. NFL and NFL single game completion rate record.
Brees has a total of 18 300-yard passing games and six games with at least four touchdown passes on Monday night, both of which are the highest in league history.
The return of New Orleans ruined a historic Monday night performance for Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, who became the first rookie to pitch four TD passes on Monday Night Football.