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New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 279 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in a Week 16 victory, as the Saints earned at least 12 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
With another performance of at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday at Carolina (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Brees will become the fourth player with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in at least four consecutive games in a single season in NFL history.
The players with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a single season in NFL history:
|Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay||2014||4|
|Tom Brady||New England||2007||4|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2019||3*|
Brees also leads the league with a 75.3 completion percentage in 2019 (among qualified passers) and is on pace to break his own single-season completion percentage record for the second-consecutive season. The 19-year veteran entered 2019 with four of the top five single-season completion percentages in league annals. Oakland quarterback DEREK CARR (71.1 percent) and Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL (70.7) also each own completion percentages over of at least 70 percent entering Week 17.
The players with the highest single-season completion percentages in NFL history among qualified passers:
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2019||75.3*|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2018||74.4|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2017||72.0|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2011||71.2|
|*Entering Week 17|
New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS leads the NFL with 145 receptions in 2019 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (143 in 2002) for the most receptions in a single season in NFL history. Both Thomas and Houston wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS have recorded at least five receptions in all 15 games this season.
If Thomas has at least five receptions at Carolina and Hopkins has at least five receptions on Sunday against Tennessee (4:25 PM ET, CBS), they would become the fifth and sixth different receivers with at least five receptions in all 16 games of a regular season since 1978, when the 16-game schedule was implemented.
The players with at least five receptions in all 16 games of a regular season since 1978:
|Michael Thomas||New Orleans||2019*|
|*In 15 games|
Additionally, with at least 12 receptions on Sunday, Thomas would become the first player with at least 12 receptions in three consecutive games in NFL history.