The story of the game on November 19th, 2006 was not Drew Brees’ incredible stats. It was the fact that the Saints had given up 21 fourth quarter points to the Cincinnati Bengals, including two touchdowns of more than 50 yards, and lost the game 31-16. Chad Ochocinco had scored three touchdowns on the day, a four yarder, 41 yarder, and a 60 yarder. Ochocinco had finished the game with six catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns.
This was a great game by Ochocinco, but the stats that Drew Brees put up in this loss were truly amazing.
Brees would throw for two touchdowns, a 72 yarder to Joe Horn in the first quarter and a 27 yarder to Terrance Copper in the fourth quarter. Along the way, Brees would complete 37 of 52 pases for 510 yards. A 300 yard game is a great accomplishment for an NFL quarterback. A 400 yard game is outstanding and something they can really be proud of. A 500 yard game though? Those don’t come along very often at all.
The Saints lost that game in 2006, and Drew Brees would have surely traded all those passing yards for a victory, but in the end it was one of the more amazing passing performances of his great career.