For the New Orleans Saints there always seems to be some kind of streak involved and after beating the Carolina Panthers 27-24 on Sunday there’s quite a few of them still intact.
Starting with a three-game winning streak as the Saints improve to 4-2 overall on the year. They’ve also won six games in a row over NFC South teams, the last two coming in this 2020 campaign.
Then there’s the matter of winning 15 straight games in the month of October and 17 straight home games in the month of October.
All of those being a by-product of Drew Brees leading the Saints on the 52nd game-winning drive of his career, the second most in the Super Bowl era behind Peyton Manning.
And yet, it was a two-minute drill resulting in a touchdown to end the second half that was all the difference. Head Coach Sean Payton said, “We were right on the cusp there with five seconds with the possible end zone play and we had leverage outside. Inside, we had inside leverage. Drew did a great job of finding Deonte. And I agree with you, that probably was the game-winning drive that we just didn’t know at the time.”
Brees said, “I think when you look back on it, I think we really only had six meaningful drives in this game, with the exception of the last one where you’re just trying to run the clock out. So, those are very few scoring opportunities. So, man, every chance we got to score, we need to put points on the board. So, two-minute drive, we go out, to be able to get seven points as opposed to three – obviously, in dramatic fashion there with those last couple plays – that ends up being a huge turning point in the game.”
After the dust settled from week seven, Brees is now behind Tom Brady for the all-time lead in career touchdown passes, 559 to 558.