Brees breaks records in get-right win vs Panthers
Quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints couldn’t have asked for a sweeter, more dominating “Get Right” game this week after an embarrassing loss to the Seahawks last Monday, capped off by travel issues that stranded them in Seattle for an extra night on an already shortened week.
Sunday night on prime time television against the Carolina Panthers, the Saints and Brees spanked their NFC South rivals, established at least temporary ownership of the division’s playoff spot and left the NFL stat recorders furiously re-writing the record books.
Brees joined the exclusive 50,000-yard club in the fourth quarter when he connected with tight end Jimmy Graham for a 22-yard pass. Brees entered the game needing 287 yards to reach 50,000. That pass gave him 296.
Brees now joins an elite group of quarterback icons: Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and John Elway. However Brees has an asterisk by his name because he gained his membership in the 50,000-yard club in just 183 games, the fastest of the five players.
The top five players in passing yards:
Brett Favre 71,838
Peyton Manning 63,612
Dan Marino 61,361
John Elway 51,475
Drew Brees* 50,017
Sunday night, Brees also became the first quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons.
Brees wrapped up Sunday’s performance with 313 yards and four touchdowns.
Most importantly though, the Saints defeated the Panthers 31-13, drawing first blood in a duel with the Panthers that resumes in Carolina in 2 weeks, on December 22. Both teams came into this Sunday’s game with identical records. This win, at home, was crucial for the Black and Gold’s playoff aspirations.
The 10-3 Saints now own the NFC’s second-best record behind the Seahawks, a one-game division lead over the Panthers (9-4) and control of their own destiny.