It also didn't help the team's cause that they allowed a massive play from Drew Brees to Cameron Meredith on a second and 17. It was a raucous affair during which the Saints put 43 points on the board and Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's all-time passing yardage record.
"He throws for 5,000 yards just like he's sleeping at night, and it's insane to see that", Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. But Brees also would have to outpace New England's Tom Brady, who has 500 TD passes, the only active player with more than Brees in that category. "Congratulations and I'm proud of you".
Before we continue with how unbelievable Brees was, can we talk about the laminated certificate the referee gave Drew after he broke Peyton Manning's passing record?
"All your hard work and dedication has paid off", Manning said in a pre-taped message. "You and I have come a long way since this picture".
Brees is 39 and as insane as it sounds, is probably having the best season of his career. With 201 passing yards, he will become the NFL's all-time passing leader.
Richardson, meanwhile, had been nursing a shoulder injury heading into the contest.
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He had 250 yards and two touchdowns by halftime and finished 26 of 29 for 363 yards and three touchdowns. To save time, he also congratulates Brees for passing the all-time touchdown record at a future point.
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He was doing what he wanted to do, missing bats, the no-walk, and really competed well. "Hey, Atlanta , we'll see you soon, baby". The big-hitting rookie never got into the swing at Dodger Stadium, and neither did the rest of the Atlanta Braves.
The Saints, at coach Sean Payton's insistence, took a chance on Brees in 2006, and the payoff has been extraordinary.
Brees, who is in his 18th National Football League season, led the Saints to victory in the 2009 season Super Bowl and was the MVP of the game. No other quarterback has more than one such campaign. "He deserves it. It's been an unbelievable run". "It doesn't feel like it's been 13 years".
Brees set the National Football League all-time completions record last month with number 6,301 to break Favre's career mark. Brees surpassed Hall-of-Famer Johnny Unitas' streak of 47 straight - which had stood since 1960. Alex Smith was 8-1 in his previous nine prime-time games and 7-3 in his career on Monday night, but his first Monday in the burgundy and gold was a dud.
The game featured other touches meant to honor Brees. That changed Monday night.
Ginn Jr.is in his second year with the Saints as he has found a significant role in the passing game in his short time with the team.