Saints win the track meet against the Falcons 43-37 in overtime

Brees sets an NFL record

September 23, 2018 - 4:22 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Drew Brees has set the NFL record for career completions with his 17-yarder to Michael Thomas in the second quarter of the New Orleans saints game against Atlanta. The completion was the 6,301st of Brees' career, surpassing the 6,300 thrown by Hall of Famer Brett Favre. New Orleans won in overtime 43-37 on Brees' 1-yard scoring run that capped an 80-yard touchdown drive to open overtime.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan had his first career game with five scoring passes, including three to rookie Calvin Ridley in a losing effort.

Ryan passed for 374 yards, including 146 to Ridley, who became the first Falcons rookie with three scoring catches.

Brees passed for 396 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores. Kamara had 15 catches for 124 yards and ran for 66 yards.

Brees' biggest play before the game-winner may have been his improbable 7-yard scoring run with 1:15 remaining, forcing overtime. He ran to his left and then spun to avoid tackle attempts by Brian Poole and Robert Alford.

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