Drew Brees on interception: “I should have checked down”

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Drew Brees threw the game away on Thursday night when he threw an interception into the end zone with 1:25 to play. Afterward he called it a bad decision.

“It wasn’t worth taking the risk,” Brees said. “I should have checked down. It’s unfortunate.”

Falcons linebacker Deion Jones intercepted the pass, and he said Brees threw it right to him.

“I pretty much had the tight end by myself,” Jones said. “He looked back, I looked back and the ball was right there.”

If Brees hadn’t thrown the interception, the Saints were in good position to score a game-winning touchdown in the final minute, and almost certainly would have at least kicked a game-tying field goal. Instead they lost, 20-17. That’s a decision Brees would like back.

34 responses to “Drew Brees on interception: “I should have checked down”

  1. .
    Belichick constantly preaches “situational football” to the Patriots. By that he means making the right decision for the specific situation. It might involve losing yardage to stay in bounds or knocking a sure interception to the ground. However unorthodox, it’s the correct action on a particular play.

    At 2nd and 10 from the Atlanta 11 with time to spare, you can’t throw any ball that’s not a 100% certainty. His throw was into tight coverage and was 50-50 at best. Brees could even afforded to take a sack in that situation.
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  2. Jones made a great play. Hind sight is 20/20. That’s why Bears are 2-6 in games by TD or less. Lack of playmakers.

  3. They didn’t choke. They came up on the wrong side of a well-fought football game. He should have checked down, he didn’t, game over. But this game was knotted from the get go. Better Thursday night product than I have seen since week one.

  4. Looked like he had the running back just getting open a yard past the line with room to run…

  5. NFC is very strong this year and shaping out to be a great playoff race. Pats better be watching.
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    Only one team makes it from each conference so not much to watch or prepare for anyone, just window dressing at this point

  6. I thought Atlanta were the chokers (sorry Atlanta…you let the Saints even be in a position to win)…figured Brees would have mentally said to himself, toss the ball if no one open…they were sitting on a tie game, at the very worst. Either the coach never reminded them, or Brees got greedy. Either way, a team not going far if they make a mistake like that.

  7. That was a poorly played game on both sides, magnified by curious coaching decisions and the usual terrible officiating. It’s either a symptom of playing on Thursdays, or the NFC is not nearly as strong as being given credit for.

    Matt Ryan played just about the worst game I’ve ever seen from a Quarterback who won the game.

  8. He should have checked it down but I’ll tell ya what, if Coby Fleener is running the same route the result would have been its a td or incomplete pass. He would not have allowed the linebacker to get better positioning.
    That seam route is the pass Brees used to throw to Colston and Graham in the red zone. only they lined up in the slot or ran it out of a bunch ser. The point is that pass calls for big, athletic reciever. Josh Hill is big but not as athletic as Fleener or any of those guys. Maybe Brandon Coleman needs to get more snaps from that positioning.

  9. I dislike the Saints, but I would roll with Brees any day, especially over one of the most over-rated QB’s in the league, Matt Ryan. That throw was so uncharacteristic of Brees. Ryan is back to normal in 2017 after his career year last yr. That division race is going to be week-to-week to the very end. That and the AFC West, fun races to watch though I don’t pull for any of those teams, I think everyone has a team or teams they want to see come out of that mess.

  10. As a Seahawks fan wanting the Saints to win, that reminded me of the end of the 2014 Super Bowl. Excitement for the win ending in an interception in the end zone…..boom, you lost.

    Rough.

    Did anybody else think they were just straight crazy to go for it on 4th and 1 from the 20 at the end when they could have just kicked a field goal and tied the game? What was that all about…that was nuts!

    If Drew gets stopped on that 4th and 1 they lose the game everybody would be talking about that… I just don’t understand the chance they took there. I know you want to win the game but if you fail there the game is over.

    The end was actually pretty fitting after that.

  11. I’m a Saints fan and yes, Brees got greedy. Those are mistakes you’ll never see Brady and Rodgers make at that juncture in a game. He has to know the situation. Throwing to Ingram on the checkdown could a have produced the go-ahead TD or even a 1st and goal at the one. Besides, the Jones on Hill matchup favored the Falcons as we know Hill is no Jimmy Graham….

  12. The RB came out of the backfield and was WIDE open. Brees didn’t see him, and made a very bad decision.

    This game was sloppy for both QB’s, and there were a lot of penalties. The illegal formation at the end of the first half that negated the FG by New Orleans was a killer.
    New Orleans only needed a FG on their final drive, and they win the game.

    Ryan seemingly was serving up the INT’s with these crazy passes. The pass to Hooper that was picked was bad luck (or lack of concentration on Hooper’s part), but Ryan looked rattled, and made rookie decisions on a lot of throws. He was lucky Teo didn’t pick off the pass that Ryan threw right at him, and would have been his 4th pick.

    The Falcons are a good team, but they still have work to do to get into the playoffs. The Saints will beat then in New Orleans, and I predict a blowout win. Simply stated, the Falcons were lucky to get a home win against the better team in the Saints.

  13. gah05 says:
    December 8, 2017 at 7:10 am
    NFC is very strong this year and shaping out to be a great playoff race. Pats better be watching.

    NE beat the Saints, Falcons and Bucs and lost a close one to CA on the strength of 3 penalties that escorted CA into Fg range in the closing minutes. They did this while playing their worst football of the season. Of course they watch out but do you seriously believe the NFC is stronger? I know the record is tilted in the NFC favor but look at the matchups that got them there. Time will tell I suppose

  14. Those are mistakes you’ll never see Brady and Rodgers make at that juncture in a game.
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    Yeah but no. Google “Tom Brady throws pick to end the game” and the Miami game will come up. ” Tom Brady throws interception at end of game to end comeback hopes”

    The fact is every single quarterback in the NFL has thrown a pick to end a game and lose. It just happens a lot more to bad quarterbacks than good ones.

  15. He shouldn’t have thrown it, but the intended receiver on that play didn’t really run a route and just kind of ran right into the defense. He then didn’t seem to make a great effort at the ball, or to knock it away from the defender. Not a great pass by Brees, but I would bet he assumed the receiver would have made more effort to fight for the ball.

  16. Belichick constantly preaches “situational football” to the Patriots.

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    So he does the same thing as every other coach in the history of football. Got it.

  17. Yeah but no. Google “Tom Brady throws pick to end the game” and the Miami game will come up. ” Tom Brady throws interception at end of game to end comeback hopes”

    The fact is every single quarterback in the NFL has thrown a pick to end a game and lose. It just happens a lot more to bad quarterbacks than good ones
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    We’re talking situational football here. Being down when needing a TD for the win is different than being down by 3 and needing only a FG to tie. I would have no problem with him forcing the throw needing a TD for the tie or if they were down by 4 points or more. You don’t force a pass to the middle of the field with a TE who by the way, is mediocre at best against their best defender when at worse, you can tie the game and send it into OT. Then, he had the checkdown open and could have had a 1st and goal which then, would have forced the Falcons to burn their final timeout.

  18. Belichick constantly preaches “situational football” to the Patriots. By that he means making the right decision for the specific situation. It might involve losing yardage to stay in bounds or knocking a sure interception to the ground. However unorthodox, it’s the correct action on a particular play.

    At 2nd and 10 from the Atlanta 11 with time to spare, you can’t throw any ball that’s not a 100% certainty. His throw was into tight coverage and was 50-50 at best. Brees could even afforded to take a sack in that situation.
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    Absolutely. You make that throw on 4th and goal, but 2nd down?? Baaaad decision (and I like Brees).

  19. We’re talking situational football here. Being down when needing a TD for the win is different than being down by 3 and needing only a FG to tie. I would have no problem with him forcing the throw needing a TD for the tie or if they were down by 4 points or more
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    So you are saying that you are completely fine with Russell Wilson’s throw in the Super Bowl correct? You’ve never said anything negative about Russell Wilson and that throw because they needed a TD.

    Just stop. The NFL is hard and every single quarterback in the NFL has had a very rough things happen to them because they opposition is some of the best in the world at what they do.

    There is a reason there has only been one undefeated season in the history of the league.

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