New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made a little piece of NFL history on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
After the 2017 season, Brees threw for 294 yards and three TDs, but his defense bizarrely gave up the “Minnesota Miracle” to record another improbable loss. Brees finished the season with 364 completions, 489 attempts, 3,992 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns and five interceptions over 15 games. He sat out the season finale after the Saints had clinched the NFC's #1 seed the week prior. Latest on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees including complete game-by-game stats on ESPN. 2 in all-time passing yards (79,204) and No. 1 in all-time passing touchdowns (581). Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on social media @Gaydos Coronavirus. According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, Brees is a 3/1 favorite to lead the NFL in passing yards in 2017. Tom Brady has the next-best odds at 6/1, followed by Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr and Matt Ryan, who are all 10/1, respectively.
Brees completed 27 passes for 331 yards during the Saints’ 27-16 win over the Green Bay Packers, becoming the first quarterback ever to throw for at least 300 yards in seven straight games against one opponent.
From Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com:
Brees is now averaging 363.7 passing yards per game over his seven career starts against the Packers.
Brees’ passing yards by game against the Packers:
– 12/14/2003: 363
– 9/17/2006: 353
– 11/24/2008: 323
– 9/8/2011: 419
– 9/30/2012: 446
– 10/26/2014: 311
– 10/22/2017: 331
Brees overcame two early interceptions and sliced and diced the Packers in the second half Sunday, leading the Saints to four straight scoring drives after halftime. He threw a touchdown pass on the first drive of the third quarter, while his leaping, 1-yard touchdown run gave the Saints a 9-point lead in the fourth quarter. New Orleans finished with 485 total yards.
Brees completed five passes over 20 yards, including two completions of at least 35 yards to receiver Ted Ginn. He also threw a 22-yard touchdown to Brandon Coleman.
Packers quarterback Brett Hundley finished with 87 yards passing in his first career NFL start.
Another game, another astonishing accomplishment for Drew Brees. In the middle of Week 16’s first quarter, the New Orleans Saints quarterback and 11-time Pro Bowler became just the third player to surpass the 70,000 passing yard plateau.
A screen to Mark Ingram is the play that did it. That’s pretty representative of what the Saints’ offense has been this season.
Brees joins Peton Manning (71,940 ) and Brett Favre (71,838), two all-time greats who were also joined by Brees earlier in the season as the only three passers to complete over 6,000 career passes. As for the passing yardage, Brees is on pace to move into first place sometime in October 2018 if he decides to return for another season.
Brees is on his way to leading the NFL in completion percentage for the fourth time in his career. He also leads the league in Adjusted Net Yards per attempt, showing his efficiency and ability to avoid the sack and the turnover.
His primary focus is leading the Saints to an 11th victory and securing a playoff berth for the first time since 2013. New Orleans currently leads 3-0 near the end of the first quarter.