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Transcript: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees Postgame Quotes | Saints-Colts 2019 Week 15

Read what Brees had to say about his record-setting game

On his only incompletion:
"I felt like we had a little bit of heat, that maybe somebody was on my back. I wanted to avoid a sack and just probably rushed the throw and didn't really get that much balance or momentum towards the receiver with the throw. My bad. I should've completed that one."

On the significance of having his teammates from the Super Bowl championship team here:
"It was special, everything about the night. I don't know how they (the NFL) pick them. It's 'Monday night Football,' playing the Colts, the team that we won the Super Bowl against 10 years ago, the whole Super Bowl team is back for the 10th anniversary, and, obviously, it's national television, a big game, and now that record (passing touchdowns) is in the balance as well. It just, kind of, makes you shake your head and say, 'Are you kidding me?' I'm not sure how we got here. It just, kind of, makes your whole life and career flash before your eyes. I never thought that I would have had a chance to be a part of something like this; and, just looking at the entire journey, 19 years, five years in San Diego and 14 years here, all of the incredible teammates and coaches that I have had the chance to play with and for, (and) this team right here is very special. Of course, our fan base, the Who Dat Nation, everybody in the Dome tonight, everybody watching tonight, loved ones, my family, my kids here, both of my college roommates, who are my best friends in the world, they were here with their kids. It was just an incredible night, incredible experience, (and an) incredible moment to be able to share that with so many people, because all of them are a big part of it."

On if he thinks it was his best career game:
"I don't know. It was efficient, with the exception of the one (missed) pass. It was good tempo, it was good rhythm. Listen, I go out there with the expectation that the ball shouldn't touch the ground unless I am throwing it away or occasionally they are going to make a play (defensively). I don't know. You have that expectation. You work for that. You expect that. You're just playing ball. My goal is to be the best decision maker that I can be on every play and to get us into the best play, throw the ball where it needs to go, getting it into the hands of our play-makers, getting us in the end zone, converting third downs, keeping drives alive, playing complementary football with our defense. Again, all of that just goes into being a great decision-maker and being very, very efficient in the passing game, always thinking positive plays, avoiding negative plays, avoiding bad plays. That's the job of a quarterback. I take that very seriously. That is what I work for."

On if it was the team's most complete game:
"I think that it was probably our most complete game of the year. I think offensively very efficient running and pass. Defensively, obviously, holding them to basically pitching a shutout to the very end of the fourth quarter. All in all, yes, it was our most complete game. You're always striving because you know that the challenges continue to get greater and games become even more important. We are hitting the home stretch here where we want to be playing our best football. The teams that typically succeed in the playoffs and the ones that have that momentum, they are ascending into the playoffs. We want to be ascending."

On the disappointment that he set the passing touchdowns record, but needing to do it over again due to a penalty:
"That is alright, we will call another play. On to the next play."

On the record-setting touchdown pass that was thrown to Josh Hill:
"First of all, I love the fact it was Josh Hill. Oddly enough, he was the honorary captain this week for the team, which means we basically roasted him in our Saturday meeting, so it was pretty fitting that it was him, especially for the fact that, here's an undrafted free agent who joined our team in 2013 as an undrafted rookie free agent. (He is) the epitome of a great teammate. (He is) kind of an unsung hero, a guy that throughout the majority of his career has just been required to do the dirty work, been a four-quarter core special teams guy and whenever he has had to step in and increase that role, as many times as he has done before, he's done an unbelievable job. I have so much trust and confidence in him. The funny thing was that as we walk up to the ball, the play call comes in and I am thinking touchdown. I see the look, and I say, 'It's definitely a touchdown, right?' It played out just the way we thought as far as the play call and him being wide open on the run action. I am really glad that it was him."

On if he simulates record-breaking moments when games get stopped:
"Yes, because I don't want to just be so overcome with emotion that (I can't perform). There's still a lot of football left to be played throughout the course of the game. It's so unpredictable. You hope that it is going to happen. You always need to prepare if it does, because, I think, part of that is that I want to make sure everyone around me knows just how thankful I am for them and how grateful I am for my team, to everyone in the stadium, to our entire fan base, and our family and friends, and everyone that was here, all of those who have been such an integral part of this. You want to give that value. You want to be able to do that; and, yet it's in the framework of a game. It tight be a tight game. You've got to get your mind and focus right back on the next play. They're still in it. I would say that the way that it happened tonight, obviously allowed us to enjoy it."

On where the record-breaking ball will go:

"The ball is going to go to the (Pro Football) Hall of Fame."

On if his boys can comprehend the significance of the moment:
"That is one of the greatest parts of it is the fact that they have a chance to share in this. These are moments that we can reflect on and we can talk about. They ask questions about it. Even as they get older, I think that they will appreciate it even more. I am grateful that I have been able to play this long to get them to an age where they can get it and they can get excited about it. It's one of the very special parts of all of this."

On still playing while most of his former teammates from the Super Bowl championship team have retired from the game by this time:
"At the time, if you told me that, I don't know if I would have believed you. There were a lot of events over the weekend with all of the guys from that Super Bowl XLIV team. I had a chance to see just about all of them on Saturday night for an event, which was great, obviously, to reminisce on that season and to just see those guys and to see what everybody is up to. A lot of them, I keep in touch with, but even a lot of guys that I haven't seen in a long time come back and it's as if no time has passed, as far as memories and moments. We always said that if you win a championship, you walk together forever. That is absolutely true and the way that you feel about these guys when you are able to gather together again. I look forward to being able to come back in the future as a civilian."

On how Michael Thomas continues to get open:
"Mike Thomas gets open. That is first and foremost. I've got so much trust and confidence in him. We've got a lot of time on task together. So much of our offense has nuances to it, as far as the route being run, the direction that you can go or the angle that you can take based upon how the defender is playing you, the defense, the safety, or whatever it might be. We've had a lot of time together. It's that trust and anticipation. He knows when the ball is coming out. He knows where it is going to be. He knows where he needs to be. When things are clicking, that is the result."

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