The New Orleans Saints’ fans had an enjoyable time Monday night.
They got to watch their team, which was playing before a national audience on “Monday Night Football,” cruise to an easy and impressive 43-19 victory in the Superdome.
But most of the fans won’t even remember the final score. Instead, they will remember seeing quarterback Drew Brees set the all-time record for passing yards in a career.
He surpassed the previous mark set by Peyton Manning when he threw a strike to rookie wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith late in the second quarter. Smith turned up the sideline, moved past a Washington Redskins defender and sprinted into the end zone for a touchdown.
For a few minutes, the game stopped as the NFL recognized Brees’ incredible feat – one that was finalized on a touchdown pass of 62 yards. There was a brief presentation and a celebratory moment with his family. Then it was back to work.
Even as the team continued to dominate Washington on the field, though, the talk across social media and among fans was on what Brees had just accomplished.
When he has broken records in the past, he has always been careful to focus praise away from himself as an individual and onto the entire team. And this milestone was no different. He thanked all the people who have had a hand in his amazing success, and he gestured appreciatively toward the crowd as he and his team celebrated on the field.
It was a moment the Black and Gold faithful will remember. Those long years without a dependable quarterback seem so long ago now, when the team for years has enjoyed one of the game’s best of all time.
At the end of the game, the Saints improved their record to 4-1 and maintained their first-place standing in the NFC South. They also began to look forward to the bye week, which will give the players a chance to rest and recuperate after a busy first five weeks of the season.
The fans, meanwhile, will continue to talk about Brees and his most recent accomplishment. They have had a lot of reasons for celebration in recent years, but this will be right up there among the best.
Congratulations to Brees, the team and the fans. And geaux Saints!
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