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Turning Point of the Game

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New Orleans Saints Turning Point presented by Uber: Drew Brees' record-setting pass

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The easy/lazy thing to do would be to harp on the magnitude of Drew Brees’ record-setting pass, a 62-yard touchdown to Tre’Quan Smith that gave the New Orleans Saints a 20-point lead, and insist it was the pivotal play in New Orleans’ 43-19 victory over Washington.

Call me easy.

Call me lazy.

But when history frantically beckons you toward it, and does everything short of fall on its knees and begs you to listen, you cave because you know it’s the right thing to do.

So, yes, Brees’ touchdown pass to Smith stretched the Saints’ lead to 26-6 in the second quarter of their "Monday Night Football" demolition in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. And, yes, it only emphasized – in boldface and underlined – the fact that Washington could not, and did not, stop the Saints’ offense all night.

But it was Brees’ Saints career, in a nutshell.

One, he rose to the occasion. Needing 201 passing yards to move into first place on the all-time list, he accomplished the feat with time to spare in the first half, on national television, against a defense that only had been allowing 187 passing yards per game before MNF.

Second, the pass-and-catch didn’t happen with any of three or four targets – receiver Michael Thomas, running backs Alvin Kamara or Mark Ingram, tight end Benjamin Watson – that we might have thought would have been on the receiving end. Rather, in true Brees fashion, the pass went to the open man, who happened to be a rookie looking to make an impact in the absence of an injured veteran (Ted Ginn Jr.).

Call me easy.

Call me lazy.

But don’t tell me I’m wrong, because you know I’m not.

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