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Drew Brees and Michael Thomas Treat Fans to Record-Setting Night

Photo courtesy of Michael C. Hebert and New Orleans Saints

Who Dat Nation celebrated not only a 34-7 Monday Night Football victory by the Saints (11-3) against the visiting Colts (6-8) but also individual records by quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Michael Thomas.

With his Super Bowl XLIV champion teammates and a bevy of loved ones on hand to cheer him on, Brees broke Peyton Manning’s NFL record for all-time touchdown passes and set a league single-game mark for completion percentage (96.7).

Brees completed 29 of his 30 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns. Brees now has 541 career touchdown passes. Brees connected with Josh Hill on a five-yard touchdown to surpass Manning.

Last season, Brees broke Manning’s record for all-time passing yards.

The future Hall of Fame member humbly reflected on the significance of Monday’s moment.

β€œIt just, kind of, makes your whole life and career flash before your eyes,” Brees said. β€œI never thought that I would have had a chance to be a part of something like this; and, just looking at the entire journey, 19 years, five years in San Diego and 14 years here, all of the incredible teammates and coaches that I have had the chance to play with and for, (and) this team right here is very special.”

Brees was overwhelmed with emotions as he was showered with adoration by the Superdome crowd.

β€œOf course, our fan base, the Who Dat Nation, everybody in the Dome tonight, everybody watching tonight, loved ones, my family, my kids here, both of my college roommates, who are my best friends in the world, they were here with their kids,” Brees said. β€œIt was just an incredible night, incredible experience, (and an) incredible moment to be able to share that with so many people, because all of them are a big part of it.”

Brees gave plenty of praise to the entire offensive unit for his historic game.

β€œSo the fact that there was only one [incompletion], man credit it to great protection, great o-line play, guys making great catches, there were some great catches made the other night and just being in rhythm, right?,” Brees said. β€œI say this all the time and I truly believe it. I just don’t see why the ball should touch the ground that often.”

Meanwhile, Thomas finished with 12 catches for 128 yards and broke his own Saints single-season record for receptions (set last season) on a 15-yard touchdown. Thomas currently has 133 receptions, which is just 10 shy of Marvin Harrison’s NFL record with two regular-season games remaining.

The prolific Thomas also now holds the league record for most games with 10+ receptions in a season (8).

β€œMike Thomas gets open. That is first and foremost. I’ve got so much trust and confidence in him. We’ve got a lot of time on task together…” Brees said. β€œIt’s that trust and anticipation. He knows when the ball is coming out. He knows where it is going to be. He knows where he needs to be. When things are clicking, that is the result.”

Thomas credits the extraordinary chemistry with Brees as a main factor for his outstanding productivity.

β€œIt’s just accountability. Our preparation throughout the week is laser-like focus,” Thomas said. β€œWe are trying to get better and enhance our abilities. We are trying to help this team when they need us and trying to make big plays.”

When asked about what Brees’ records means to him as a coach, Sean Payton said there’ll be plenty of time when their careers are over to fondly reminisce. Right now, the lone goal is to bring another Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans.

β€œHonestly, the win means a lot. There’s going to be a day where we all ride off into the sunset, but it’s not now…,” Payton said. β€œ It’s about winning and winning and winning and trying to give yourself the best chance in the postseason. And that’s really the truth.”