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Drew Brees comes back from 11 broken ribs, has worst start to a game in his career

Frank Schwab
·2-min read

Drew Brees is the NFL’s all-time completion percentage leader. He’s not used to going a couple of passes without a completion.

When he came back from 11 broken ribs, he didn’t complete a pass until the second quarter of Sunday’s 32-29 defeat.

The New Orleans Saints took on the Kansas City, and the Chiefs had a 14-0 lead before Brees even completed a pass. Brees threw incomplete on his first six passes, the worst start he has had in his career.

Brees had never started a game 0-for-5 in his career. About 2:30 into the second quarter, Brees hit Alvin Kamara on a short pass barely past the line of scrimmage for his first completion. A few plays later Brees hit Emmanuel Sanders deep for 51 yards. It was a rare deep throw for Brees, which was a good sign.

The Saints were without Brees for four games, and Taysom Hill filled in. When the Saints lost last week, the Packers took the lead for the No. 1 playoff seed in the NFC. The Packers won on Saturday, putting even more pressure on the Saints to win Sunday.

Brees has said he could make all the throws he needed to make, but it didn’t seem that way early on. He threw a few floaters, one of which was intercepted. He didn’t look comfortable. He didn’t look like he has for most of his storied career.

Given the severity of his injury, that shouldn’t have been a big surprise.

Drew Brees returned from injury to start for the Saints on Sunday. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Drew Brees returned from injury to start for the Saints on Sunday. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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