Drew Brees goes 29-for-30, says his incompletion will “haunt me for a while”

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees set a new NFL record for highest completion percentage in a game on Monday night, completing 29 of his 30 passes, a completion rate of 96.7 percent. But after the game he was regretting not going 30-for-30.

“I’ll be honest with you, you always think about the one that you missed,” Brees said on ESPN. “If I just set my darn feet and throw it to the running back, it’s 30-for-30, so that one may haunt me for a little while.”

That Brees is so focused on the one pass he didn’t complete may help explain why he’s been such a great player for so many years: He holds himself to such a high standard that even after a night when he sets a single-game record for completion percentage, and breaks the all-time NFL record for career touchdown passes, he’s thinking about what he could have done better.

With the Saints at 11-3, the next big goal ahead of Brees is to see if he can earn his second Super Bowl ring.

64 responses to “Drew Brees goes 29-for-30, says his incompletion will “haunt me for a while”

  1. look, he and peyton are great qb’s. but it certainly helps to play over half your games in perfect DOME weather. no wind. no rain/snow. perfect turf. it’s like a video game. again, they are great, but a dome sure helps.

  2. If only I would’ve stood to my feet, squared up and hollered, instead of sitting and waving my arms lazily, the beer guy would’ve seen me in the 3rd quarter.

  3. Drew Brees is an All-Time great. Unfortunately, he’s complicit in Bounty Gate and his one SB Ring is tainted. I’m just too dang petty to look past that. When your career is intertwined with Sean Peyton his crap becomes your crap.

  4. Pursuit of excellence!
    The NFL and the Larger world is so very fortunate that a truly top talent has the drive to succeed and perform his very best at 40 years old and nearly 20 years in the NFL!
    The hardest position to perform well in professional sports.
    Bravo Drew Brees!
    Bravo!

  5. Going to miss the three GOATS. If you’re wondering its Manning, Brady, Brees. The greatest three QB to ever play the game at one time and play at a high level for many, many years. Not sure we will see a trio of QB like these guys ever again in this league.

  6. My extended family and I were at the game last evening. Along with all other fans, we were prepared to celebrate Drew setting the new record for total TDs. No one in the Dome expected the huge consecutive pass completion and percentage completion records. Absolutely phenomenal. None in our section wanted to leave the Dome. The Saints players stayed around and greeted the fans and it was really a great evening.

    What a night!

  7. My perception (and I could be wrong) is that personal records mean a little too much to Brees. His teammates are probably lucky that the one incompletion wasn’t from a dropped pass.

    We saw that a few years ago where he had a chance to set a record (yards in a season?) in the last game and his receiver didn’t go all out to make the catch and Brees acted disgusted and showed up his teammate.

    Brees and Payton have their SuperBowl, so it’s hard to argue with that success, but they might have won more if they’d called the dogs off when games are settled.

    By leaving Brees in these games,and emphasising pass,Payton is putting his players in harm’s way and also telling the team that personal records are more important than being fresh for the next game and rest of the season.

  8. It doesn’t matter, he can have 1 million passing completions and 1 million tds bcuz the only super bowl he’s won was from bounty gate. Without bounty gate he wouldn’t have won nothing, just like Marino.

  9. Keep throwing deep to pad your stats with the game already in hand. Been doing it ever since you got to NO.

  10. So what’s going to happen when Brady passes him this weekend, then Brees passes him, and on and on? Do we go through all the histrionics again?

  11. On the incompletion notice the RB in the flat stopped running his route, thus ball was a couple of feet out of his reach. That one was on the RB.

  12. iejdaniel says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:15 am
    So what’s going to happen when Brady passes him this weekend, then Brees passes him, and on and on? Do we go through all the histrionics again?

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    I’d love to see it happen this weekend, but given the way the Pats offense has been playing and the fact that they’re playing a team with a winning record AND a great defense i doubt it’s going to occur.

  13. “Aw, shucks! I didn’t go 30 for 30. Guess I might as well hang ’em up if I can’t be perfect.”

  14. Absolutely amazing performance yet again by Drew Brees. Dude is unquestionably the greatest of this generation and it isn’t evwn close.

  15. “When your career is intertwined with Sean Peyton his crap becomes your crap.”
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    Amen, brother. Birds of a feather…

  16. “On the incompletion notice the RB in the flat stopped running his route, thus ball was a couple of feet out of his reach. That one was on the RB.”
    ==============

    But Drew, being the humble, gracious man he is, took the blame upon himself rather than point to the faults of his teammate.

  17. First thought: funny – he missed the easiest pass all night.
    Watching again: he was throwing that in anticipation of the rb moving forward like he should have. rb cost him the perfect game!

  18. Just an absolutely embarrassing performance by the Colts defense. Brees is a great QB he probably doesn’t even complete 29 of 30 in 7 on 7 drills.
    Colts have been giving up high completion % all year, but this is rock bottom. Changes need to be made

  19. Oscar- you are in fact wrong. Last year Brees’ stats dropped way off because they ran the ball well and he was perfectly fine with it. The fact is that for a number of his best years the defense was poor so they were inevitably playing from behind and had to throw.

    As for the bounty babies that dwell here, it will always be their choice to ignore that Tagliabue overturned every suspension of every player, and that it was a transparent decision by Goodell to give himself cover for not having done anything about the concussion/ CTI problem for years, while that suit was pending in court.

  20. This isn’t about perfectionism, nor is it humble-bragging by Brees.

    There is an enormous difference between 28 or 29 out of 30, and 29 or 30 out of 30; you don’t even have to know football to understand that.

    While any true competitor regrets the attempts he missed, two instead of one wouldn’t haunt Brees for years — outstanding as he played last night, that 30/30 was so close, so within reach he could taste it.

    Congratulations for an epic performance, Brees — even though you beat my Seahawks earlier this season.

  21. Per next gen Stats
    Drew Brees completed his final 22 pass attempts on his way to the single-game completion percentage record (96.7%).

    According to the completion probability of each pass, the likelihood of completing all 22 pass attempts:

    0.005% (1 in 20,832)#INDvsNO

  22. Nice job of the refs to blow the moment with that ticky-tack OPI call right before the half. Of course they’d have to steal Drew’s moment of glory, take all the buzz out of the dome and get the camera time for themselves. But given it was Hochuli Jr is anyone really surprised? I sure wasn’t.

  23. lonniewarwick says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:03 am
    Keep throwing deep to pad your stats with the game already in hand. Been doing it ever since you got to NO.
    ****************************************
    If this isn’t the most truly ignorant post ever here than it has to be close, amazing.

  24. Football feels like men’s pro tennis – living legends all over the place.

    In tennis, you have the ridiculous couple decades of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic dominance. And in football, it’s been Brady, Manning, Brees, and others that I’ll leave up to others to debate.

    Feels like I’m in the best generation to have grown up with pro sports. From Borg and Staubach and Dr. J to Jordan and Montana and Sampras to Brady, Federer, and LeBron, it’s been an incredible stretch of talents. And now the hint of a new wave of greats. Cool stuff.

  25. “Nice job of the refs to blow the moment with that ticky-tack OPI call right before the half. Of course they’d have to steal Drew’s moment of glory, take all the buzz out of the dome and get the camera time for themselves. But given it was Hochuli Jr is anyone really surprised? I sure wasn’t.”
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    Oh gee, a saints fan complaining about the refs… I’m shocked!

  26. If Teddy “Tiny Hands” Bridgewater lays down with a 1-5 record instead of 5-1 we’re not talking about Drew Brees as much. Saints have a wealth of offensive talent and this is the reward for that. Hopefully my Chiefs can meet them in the Super Bowl.

  27. As for the bounty babies that dwell here, it will always be their choice to ignore that Tagliabue overturned every suspension of every player, and that it was a transparent decision by Goodell to give himself cover for not having done anything about the concussion/ CTI problem for years, while that suit was pending in court.
    ************
    And OJ was found not-guilty. That doesn’t mean he didn’t do it.

  28. I am not a Saints fan by any means. When it was happening, I thought BountyGate was real and the Saints were guilty, guilty, guilty. But after watching Goodell and his Keystone Cop henchmen operate over the last number of years, it is obvious that Sean Payton got royally screwed. Taglibue’s overturning of Goodell’s edicts infuriated me at first, but in time, I realized that Goodell and his clown show was nothing but a dictatorial circus. It was all about media and public perception, not the facts, evidence, or fairness to the players and coaches. DeflateGate followed as the biggest farcical embarrassment in the history of professional sports, the NFL’s version of a Soviet Show Trial. Let’s stop with the asterisks next to Brees’ SB title because of BountyGate. The Saints earned their title, Everyone who got some form of due process was exonerated by Taglibue. Goodell took it out on Payton, who had no recourse or union protection. Stop, just stop.

  29. nitschkedidntneedanickname says:
    December 17, 2019 at 5:46 am
    look, he and peyton are great qb’s. but it certainly helps to play over half your games in perfect DOME weather. no wind. no rain/snow. perfect turf. it’s like a video game. again, they are great, but a dome sure helps.

    ===============

    Yeah but lets not forget that Peyton Manning had his best statistical season while playing outside in the elements in Denver.

  30. Kudos to Brees. Would have broke the record in a game or two anyway. But how about those Colts DBs? How come Saints receivers always seemed wide open?

  31. If Brady had accomplished this, his interview would have been much different.

    “I don’t really think about individual stats. I’m happy we got the win but we need to do better. We’re just going to focus on next week.”

    Which is why Brady has been to nine Superbowls and Brees to just one.

  32. venomraider says:
    December 17, 2019 at 9:34 am
    Absolutely amazing performance yet again by Drew Brees. Dude is unquestionably the greatest of this generation and it isn’t evwn close.
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    I think you misspelled Brady. Yes, its not even close, even with a career of dome stat padding.

  33. It won’t be the playoff failures that haunt Brees, it will be the time he could have been 30 for 30 in a regular season blowout. Just about sums him up. Why he’s with Rodgers and even Marino who was one loss and out in the SB. Can you imagine Joe Montana or Brady saying something like that? To the media?

  34. Oh for gods sake. Are you joking? All it means is he’s a perfectionist. As for Brady, no argument here. But as far as dome play, Brees
    has played in a dome at home, outside on the road. Brady has played 6 cupcakes every year. That’s a difficult analysis to make.

  35. 1 incompletion on a measly record will “haunt” him. You know what “haunts” Brady? Meaningful losses. Brees is great but you have to admit he loves stat padding. He plays like I would in Madden trying to keep my QB’s stats perfect.

  36. hankster1019 says:
    December 17, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    … after watching Goodell and his Keystone Cop henchmen operate over the last number of years … I realized that Goodell and his clown show was nothing but a dictatorial circus. It was all about media and public perception, not the facts, evidence, or fairness to the players and coaches.
    —————–
    perfectly stated !!

  37. No I don’t have to admit he loves stat padding. Last year, with Kamara and Ingram, his stats dropped dramatically. He was pleased with that because it helped the defense by running clock. This year they have had OL injuries and Kamara is dinged up. . His biggest stat years were when their defense was bunk and they were playing from behind and throwing all the time.This is well known.

  38. Good for Drew, he’s lived in 2 shadows his whole career. Now my first roommate in 1974 had a dad who hated George Allen for finger licking. Guys sweating, bleeding drooling on each other in a pile OK, finger licking icky! Strange source of irritation for a sports fan. Maybe switch to ice dancing?

  39. Sounds a bit arrogant if you ask me….

    Gets an extra 1000 yards per year in domes….

    Barely .500 in playoff games……

    Tied with 26 other guys for one Super Bowl….

    He’s good…..but….meh…good for him.

  40. Brees is #3 QB of All-Time only behind Montana & Marino.
    Favre is #4 and Brady is #5, #6 Peyton.

    If Drew had a defense, he would have a couple rings. If last year’s P.I call was called during playoffs, he would’ve gone to the SB and taken that ring away from Brady. Just saying. Also if Bill Belichick had Drew, I’d say 7,8, or even 9 rings for them.

    Congrats to a true legend. Too bad my Dolphins passed him up, twice.

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