On Monday night, the New Orleans Saints (11-3) beat the Indianapolis Colts (6-8). It was a lopsided game early on and the Saints never looked back, winning 34-7.
Drew Brees and company broke many records on his way to a huge win. He broke Peyton Manning’s career passing touchdown record (541) while also setting the single-game completion percentage record (96.7%).
The Colts’ first drive stalled out, as they were forced to punt. Dwayne Washington of New Orleans came in and blocked the punt, setting up his team in field goal range to start their possession. Will Lutz made a 33-yard field goal to give his team a three-point lead.
That would be the only score of the opening quarter but there was plenty more to come. Michael Thomas had three catches for 34 yards in the quarter. Thomas is working his way into the record books as well this season.
Early in the second quarter, Drew Brees threw his first touchdown of the night to Michael Thomas. That would put the Saints up 10-0, but more importantly, Drew Brees now had 538 career touchdown passes. He was now one shy of tying Peyton Manning for the most ever in a career.
The Saints got the ball back and quickly drove downfield. Thomas had a one-handed catch for 24 yards early in the drive. Brees threw a 21-yard touchdown to Tre’Quan Smith, tying Manning for most all-time. New Orleans was now leading 17-0.
Brees was able to throw a touchdown on the next drive, however, it was called back due to pass interference. The Saints settled for a field goal and went to halftime, up 20-0.
Drew Brees marched right into scoring position again, breaking his own career-high for most consecutive completions. Brees threw his third touchdown of the night to Josh Hill. This five-year touchdown was the 540th of Brees’ career and the record-breaker. He was now in sole possession of the career passing touchdowns record. That score also extended the Saints lead to 27.
Before the end of the third quarter, Brees was able to throw another touchdown, his fourth of the night. This time, it was Taysom Hill on the receiving end. Brees was now extending his record and breaking the single-game completion percentage record. His team was now leading 34-0 at the end of the quarter and it would be the last we saw of Brees from the night.
Teddy Bridgewater took over at quarterback to run the clock in the final quarter. Near the end of the game, the Colts were able to score for the first time of the game. Jordan Wilkins ran it in from one yard out, giving us a final score of 34-7.
Stats and Players of the Game
Drew Brees finished the game completing 29 of 30 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns. Michael Thomas recorded 12 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown. Tre’Quan Smith, Josh Hill, and Taysom Hill also recorded a touchdown reception in the game. There were no turnovers in the matchup. The Saints had 424 yards of offense while holding Indianapolis to 205 total yards.
Michael Thomas Record Watch
Thomas had his eighth game with double-digit receptions, breaking the record for most games with ten or more catches in the Super Bowl era. He now has 133 catches through 14 games this season. With 11 more receptions, he can break Marvin Harrison’s single-season record. Tune in next week as he could break it then or week 17.
If Thomas can record 27 catches in his final two games, he will set the record for most career catches through a player’s first five seasons. He will have only taken four years to do it. Jarvis Landry has the record for the most in five years with 481. Thomas already has 454 receptions with two games to go in his fourth season.
Next Sunday, New Orleans (11-3) will travel to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans (8-6). New Orleans is looking to improve their playoff seeding while Tennessee will be fighting to stay in the playoff hunt.
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