NEW ORLEANS — Chalk up one other uncommon milestone for Drew Brees on Monday Night time Soccer.
Brees and the New Orleans Saints rallied from a 20-3 deficit on Monday evening to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 in overtime — simply the second time in Brees’ profession that he had rallied from a 17-point deficit.
Brees was beforehand 1-48 in such conditions, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Info analysis. The opposite time? An exhilarating 46-34 victory at Miami in 2009 throughout the Saints’ Tremendous Bowl season.
“Yeah, this was a wild one,” Brees, 41, stated on the ESPN broadcast after ending with 325 yards, a landing go and TD run. “Pay attention, we didn’t play very properly for the primary half of this soccer sport, clearly. … We had been in a position to go and get some factors earlier than the half. However actually I believe at halftime it was simply, ‘Guys, come out and execute, do the issues that win soccer video games, not the issues that get you beat.'”
Now, nobody is precisely suggesting that these Saints (3-2) look able to make one other Tremendous Bowl run simply but after an unpleasant begin to this season and a good uglier begin to Monday evening’s sport, which included method too many defensive breakdowns.
However in addition they overcame a 14-0 deficit in Detroit final week. And now they get an opportunity at a much-needed reboot after the Week 6 bye, which ought to embrace the return of star extensive receiver Michael Thomas.
Thomas missed three video games with an ankle harm earlier than being benched on Friday for throwing a punch at a teammate in follow.
Brees and the Saints’ offense had been off to a lackluster begin Monday evening earlier than they lastly caught hearth throughout a two-minute landing drill earlier than halftime.
Brees began the sport 7-of-15 passing for 43 yards with an interception earlier than his robust end. His 41-yard TD go to tight finish Jared Cook included the second-most air yards of any of his throws this season. He additionally led the Saints downfield for kicker Wil Lutz‘s 36-yard subject aim to start out time beyond regulation earlier than the Saints’ protection got here up with a game-winning cease.
Brees has had some memorable Monday Night time Soccer performances, together with video games wherein he set the NFL profession passing yardage report, the NFL profession TD go report, the NFL single-season passing yardage report and the NFL single-game completion proportion report.
Brees has a complete of 18 300-yard passing video games and 6 video games with not less than 4 landing passes on Monday nights — each probably the most in league historical past.
New Orleans’ comeback spoiled a historic Monday evening efficiency for Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, who grew to become the primary rookie to throw 4 TD passes on Monday Night time Soccer.