Records are made to be broken – or even lost.
At least that’s the way Drew Brees responded to the news that he is now the NFL’s career completion leader following his 27-32 performance in Sunday’s victory against Green Bay. That upped Brees to 4,686-7,094 for his career, 66.10 percent, .06 better than former frontrunner Chad Pennington.
“I know this – it can still go down,” said Brees, who was unaware of he now held the mark until Tuesday. “It’s not like you can lock that up and just keep playing.”
That’s very true.
Brees actually had the record through three quarters of the Detroit game, but after going 3-14 in the period fell back behind Pennington, leaving him at .6597 to .6604 for Pennington, who threw for nearly 5,000 fewer passes than Brees in his career which ended in 2010.
And at the half Sunday Brees was back ahead of Pennington again after going 16-21. But this time he didn’t let it slip away, connecting on all 11 of his attempts in the second half.
Brees wasn’t just competing against Pennington on Sunday.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers entered the game third all-time at 65.8 percent and improved his number to 66.0 by going 28-39 in a losing effort.
“Aaron’s just .1 behind me,” Brees said. “There’s a lot of football left to play.”