Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Brees needs every yard, point for win

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees has heard his critics getting louder this season.

The talk might be about the 36-year-old quarterback's advancing age. Or his Week 2 throwing-shoulder injury. Or his $20 million annual salary causing the Saints salary-cap pressure.

Yet Brees contends he can play as well as ever. Sunday against the Giants, he sure did.

Brees passed for seven touchdowns, tying a league record, and a career high of 511 yards, and recently signed Kai Forbath kicked a 50-yard field goal as time ran out, giving the Saints a 52-49 victory in a game with a record 13 scoring passes.

It was the eighth time a quarterback passed for seven scores in an NFL game' most recently in 2013 when Denver's Peyton Manning and Philadelphia's Nick Foles did it two months apart.

"It's not like we came out today with the intent to set a few records just to shut some people up," said Brees, who went 40 for 50. "Our mind-set is, every time we step on the field, we have a chance to do something pretty special."

The 101 points tied for third-most in a game. The offenses combined for 1,030 yards.

"Never been a part of something like that," Brees said. "Pretty wild."

New York's Eli Manning connected on a career-high six touchdown passes, three to fellow New Orleans native Odell Beckham.

"Their offense is always high-powered. I thought it might be a day where we were going to have to score some points," Manning said. "I didn't know how many it would take. Obviously, the offense did some good things."

Manning has lost all three visits to the Superdome — where his father, Archie, starred for the Saints.

New Orleans has won four of its past five after an 0-3 start.

The Saints forced a punt with 20 seconds to go. Marcus Murphy returned Brad Wing's punt 24 yards across the 50 and fumbled, but Willie Snead recovered. Wing tried to make a tackle but was flagged for a facemask.

That penalty set up the winning kick on Forbath's first field goal attempt with New Orleans, which signed him before last week's victory at Indianapolis. It was the fifth winning field goal for the former Washington kicker and tied his career long.

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