New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees sat out Sunday's Week 17 contest against the Carolina Panthers, ensuring that he'll have once again set the record for highest completion percentage in a single season at 74.4.
With Drew Brees inactive today, he will officially set the single-season record for the highest completion percentage in NFL history at 74.4 pct.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 30, 2018
He surpasses his mark of 72% from a year ago. pic.twitter.com/5EbPYPdYdh
Brees has broken the best single-season completion percentage numerous times throughout his career. After breaking the record with a percentage of 70.6 in 2009, Brees broke it two years later (71.2 percent).
Sam Bradford broke it for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, but Brees came back and broke the record again with a completion percentage of 72 percent. The 39-year-old fittingly breaks his own record yet again in what has been one of the greatest quarterback seasons in history.
Brees also made history back in Week 5 by surpassing Peyton Manning as the all-time passing yards leader. On top of that, he led the Saints to the top seed in the NFC - meaning they need just two home wins to secure a trip to the Super Bowl.
The MVP race is between Brees and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The latter has piled up better stats, but Brees' record-breaking season and insane completion percentage cannot be ignored. Brees has surprisingly never won an MVP award in his career, but he has an excellent shot at it this year.
If Brees can lead the Saints to a Super Bowl championship, he just might cement 2018 as the best single-season ever for a quarterback. The record-breaking campaign is good enough, but we all know Brees won't care so much if it doesn't lead his team to another Lombardi Trophy.
What This Means
Brees has been greatly overshadowed by other quarterbacks in his era, but the 39-year-old is making his case as the greatest ever. He'll surely surpass Manning as the all-time passing touchdowns leader next season, and it's safe to say that nobody will touch these incredible records set by No. 9.