Saints' Drew Brees has historic night in blowout win over Colts
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, December 16, 2019
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 34 - INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 7 FINAL
Toronto, ON - Incredible. Magnificent. Historic. All of these words can be used to describe Drew Brees’ amazing performance on Monday night in New Orleans, rewriting the history books in a dominant 34-7 Saints win over the Colts.
Brees surpassed Peyton Manning’s career touchdown record with a 5-yard pass to tight-end Josh Hill in the third quarter, giving him 540 for his career. He finished the night with 541 all-time.
That wasn’t the only record, as he also completed 29 of 30 passes, which at 96.7% also set a new NFL record for the highest completion percentage in a game.
He ended the night with 307 passing yards and four touchdowns in the victory. His counterpart, Jacoby Brissett, completed 18 of 34 passes for 165 yards.
Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had 12 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown.
The game got off to a quick start, and the penalties came early. The Colts attempted to punt the ball away with 11:03 remaining in the opening quarter, but the Saints blocked the punt. The Colts received a holding penalty on the play, resulting in New Orleans getting the ball on offence at the Indianapolis 33-yard line.
The Saints drive ended in a 33-yard field goal by Wil Lutz with 7:22 left in the quarter to give New Orleans the early 3-0 lead. They have now scored on their opening drive in each of their last six games.
The first quarter ended with the Saints leading 3-0.
Drew Brees started the game going 7-for-7 in passes until an incompletion to Thomas on the first play of the second quarter.
It didn’t take Brees long to target Thomas again. On 2nd and 10 at the Colts 15-yard line with 12:37 left in the second quarter, Thomas found some space alone in the endzone and Brees made no mistake for the score. With the extra point, the Saints went up 10-0.
It was the quarterback’s first passing score of the night, and he only needed one more to tie Manning for most all-time.
With 10:13 left in the half, Thomas showed off his catching ability once again. He made a one-handed grab for a first down, collecting his sixth catch of the game already.
And then Brees tied Manning. On 2nd and 8, he found Tre’Quan Smith for the 21-yard touchdown and after the extra point the Saints held a 17-0 lead.
Just one more touchdown pass was all Brees needed for the record, and it looked like it wouldn’t be long until he got it with the way the game was unfolding.
With seven seconds left in the half, it looked like he had done it.
But then it didn’t. An offensive pass interference call on Smith nullified the play, putting a pause on the celebration. Lutz came out and kicked a field goal, extending the lead to 20-0.
With 7:08 left in the third quarter, Brees did it. Touchdown number 540 was thrown to Josh Hill, and the quarterback received a rousing ovation from the home crowd. With his family watching from the stands, Brees became the all-time leader for passing touchdowns in the NFL.
Of course, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is at 538 touchdowns, so the battle for most all-time will go down to the wire this season and potentially longer.
The score also capped off 20 consecutive completions for Brees, which set a new career high. He ended the night with 22 straight completions.
With 35 seconds left in the quarter, the future hall-of-famer added another touchdown. He found Taysom Hill for the 28-yard touchdown.
After three quarters, it was the Drew Brees show. He had the Saints up 34-0.
Jordan Wilkins added a rushing touchdown late for the Colts, but the game was long out of reach at 34-7.
The Saints are now 11-3 with the win, while the Colts fall to 6-8 and are officially eliminated from playoff contention. New Orleans is now in a four-way tie for first in the NFC.