NFL Game Recap - Indianapolis at New Orleans
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:15 PM EST

NYJ
21
BAL
42
F
PHI
37
WAS
27
F
HOU
24
TEN
21
F
MIA
20
NYG
36
F
DEN
3
KC
23
F
CHI
13
GB
21
F
TB
38
DET
17
F
NE
34
CIN
13
F
SEA
30
CAR
24
F
MIN
39
LAC
10
F
JAX
20
OAK
16
F
CLE
24
ARI
38
F
ATL
29
SF
22
F
LAR
21
DAL
44
F
BUF
17
PIT
10
F
IND
7
NO
34
F

Dec 16, 2019, 8:15 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Indianapolis (6-8)

0

0

0

7

7

New Orleans (11-3)

3

17

14

0

34

Brees sets NFL all-time TD mark as Saints crush Colts 34-7
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:46 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Drew Brees trotted along the sideline holding his helmet and a Hall of Fame-bound ball in his left hand while using his right hand to wave and blow kisses to an adoring Superdome crowd.

Another milestone, another memory, for an undersized and once underestimated player who has broken just about every significant record a quarterback can break - and doesn't look anywhere near done at age 40.

Brees became the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes, throwing for four scores to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 34-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

"It was special, everything about the night," Brees said. "It just kind of makes your whole life and career flash before your eyes, because I never thought I'd have a chance to be part of something like this."

The scoring strike that broke Peyton Manning's record of 539 career touchdown passes came in the third quarter, when Brees hit tight end Josh Hill for a 5-yard score. Brees' next pass in the game was the 541st scoring toss of his career, a 28-yarder to reserve QB and utility player Taysom Hill that put the Saints up 34-0.

"He's done that to a lot of defenses," Colts coach Frank Reich said. "When he gets like that. I don't know that anybody can stop him."

Now in his 19th season, the 6-foot Brees - a 2001 second-round draft choice - came into the game already holding NFL records for completions with 6,792 and yards passing with 72,577. He built on those numbers while also setting a record for completion percentage in a game. He completed 29 of 30 passes - 96.7% - for 307 yards before being relieved by Teddy Bridgewater in the fourth quarter. That broke the mark Philip Rivers had held since completing 28 of 29 (96.6%) against Arizona last season.

"He had a hot hand, obviously," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "Guys were making plays, but that's awfully difficult to do."

The victory kept the Saints (11-3), who'd already won the NFC South, in the running with Seattle (11-3), San Francisco (11-3) and Green Bay (11-3) for one of the top two seeds in the NFC playoffs.

"There's a lot at stake right now relative to these games when you look at the top of the NFC," Payton said. "It's about winning and winning and winning and trying to give yourself the best chance in the postseason."

The Colts (6-8) were eliminated from playoff contention after losing their fourth straight and sixth out of seven.

They were also left struggled to explain their lack of competitiveness in a game they needed to win.

"I wish I knew all the answers," Colts linebacker Darius Leonard said. "I hate losing more than I love winning."

Jacoby Brissett struggled at times with accuracy and finished 18 of 34 for 165 yards against a Saints defense looking for redemption after allowing 48 points in a loss to the 49ers a week earlier.

Meanwhile, Colts defenders had no answer for Michael Thomas, who caught 12 passes for 128 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown. Thomas' eighth game this season with at least 10 catches give him 133 for the season, which is also the fourth-highest single-season total in NFL history.

With four more catches, Thomas will pass Antonio Brown and Julio Jones for second most in a season. He needs 11 to eclipse Marvin Harrison's record of 143 from 2002.

Tre'Quan Smith caught a 21-yard touchdown pass for New Orleans.

Jordan Wilkins scored the Colts' lone TD on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

FLUID RECORD

While Brees holds the career touchdown pass record for now, the Patriots' Tom Brady is only three behind at 538.

"It's a fluid record," Payton said. "There's still another quarterback in New England, so that will go back and forth as long as those two are playing."

The next-closest active player is Rivers with 395.

Brees wasn't about to underestimate Brady's ability to keep pace.

"He's such a stud. He's got a lot of rings and records," Brees said of Brady. "He's awesome."

HAILING HILL

Brees said the ball with which he threw his record-breaking TD would go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and also sounded particularly pleased by who caught it.

"I love the fact it was Josh Hill," Brees said, noting that Hill made the team as an undrafted rookie in 2013 and has been reliable both on offense and special teams ever since.

"The epitome of a great teammate, kind of an unsung hero," Brees said. "He's done an unbelievable job. I have so much trust and confidence in him."

INJURIES

Colts: Reserve safety Rolan Milligan left the game with a foot injury in the first half. Cornerback Quincy Wilson left with a shoulder injury.

Saints: Right guard Larry Warford needed help to the sideline with a left knee injury early in the third quarter. Defensive back C.J. Gardner Johnson left the game with a concussion in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Colts: Host Carolina on Sunday.

Saints: Visit Tennessee on Sunday.

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Passing

IND Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
J. Brissett 34 18 52.9 0 165 24 0 66.4 1
NO Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Brees 30 29 96.7 4 307 28 0 148.9 0

Rushing

IND Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Mack 11 19 1.7 7 0
N. Hines 2 10 5.0 5 0
NO Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Kamara 14 66 4.7 15 0
L. Murray 9 29 3.2 8 0

Receiving

IND Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
Z. Pascal 4 44 11.0 24 0
M. Johnson 2 37 18.5 20 0
NO Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Thomas 12 128 10.7 24 1
J. Cook 4 54 13.5 20 0

Team Stats Comparison

IND NO
Points For 7 34
Total Yards 205 424
Rushing Yards 46 117
Passing Yards 159 307
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/34 29/30
Turnovers 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 16 27
Rushing Touchdowns 1 0
Passing Touchdowns 0 4
Penalties - Yards 7/49 6/52
Time Of Possession 23:38 36:22
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/12 5/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 1/1 2/4
Sacks Against 1 0
Punts - Average Yards 6/37 2/44
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 0/0 3/10
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 1/19 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter IND NO
NO 7:32 FG Wil Lutz 33 yd FG 0 3
2nd Quarter IND NO
NO 2:23 TD Michael Thomas 15 yd pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick) 0 10
NO 8:49 TD Tre'Quan Smith 21 yd pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick) 0 17
NO 15:00 FG Wil Lutz 26 yd FG 0 20
3rd Quarter IND NO
NO 7:52 TD Josh Hill 5 yd pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick) 0 27
NO 14:25 TD Taysom Hill 28 yd pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick) 0 34
4th Quarter IND NO
IND 11:04 TD Jordan Wilkins 1 yd run (Chase McLaughlin kick) 7 34

Game Information

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 73,053
Game Time: 2:55
Weather: