Falcons Bring an End to Brees’ Streak

Falcons Bring an End to Brees’ Streak

Jay Adams

Published November 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM

The Falcons, whether they wanted to openly admit it or not, came into Thursday night’s game wanting to exact some revenge for their only loss of the season.

They got that and more with a 23-13 win over the Saints, plus putting an end to Drew Brees’ consecutive touchdown pass streak of 54 games.

The Falcons weren’t focused on the streak. In fact, many didn’t even know about it until the media began asking about it in the locker room after the game. But the Falcons did know that being in the driver’s seat heading into the weekend was on the line.

Even with all that, they didn’t try to change anything too much.

“We have to come in and play well no matter what — streak, no streak, whatever,” cornerback Dunta Robinson said. “We just wanted to come in and play well. We’ve been on the bad end of some games against Drew Brees. We just wanted to come out here and try to dominate this football game tonight.”

The Falcons did that against Brees, and then some.

On top of halting the streak, the Falcons rattled Brees most of the night with pressure and picks. The Falcons finished the night with five interceptions — a career worst for Brees. His passer rating was a paltry 37.6.

Brees broke the streak previously held by Johnny Unitas. Brees’ streak began in Week 4 of the 2009 season.

“That’s all fine and dandy. He’s a great quarterback,” safety Thomas DeCoud said. “He had a really great streak going. We knew, as a secondary, we had the guys to match his receivers in tight coverage and make him make the perfect throw and if he doesn’t, we can get the ball back.”

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