NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In Juan's World on this All Saints Day, I can't help but be thankful for what I just saw. A magical game between the Giants of Gotham and the Saints from the Crescent City, matching wits on a 60-minute thrill ride inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
There will come a day when I'm asked, 'What was the best game you've ever seen?' And I will say... Saints versus...Atlanta, 2006 re-opening of the Superdome.
But a very close second was Sunday's game on Poydras Street. I mean, how could it not? There were 101 points scored, and over a thousand combined offensive yards. A game-winning field goal from a kicker that, two weeks ago, was still in the NFL's unemployment line.
Sunday was one of those games that you know 'exactly' where you were, what you were doing and why you had to 'stop' what you were doing. It was just that good, back and forth, endzone to endzone.
On your radio dial with Jim Henderson on the mic, it was left to right or right to left, depending on which team you were rooting for.
My point is, it's hard to remember a time when an NFL game had 'this' much action, 'this' much drama, that you didn't want to leave the room for fear you'd miss something, because you probably would have.
Drew Brees became the first Saint to throw seven touchdowns in a single game. He matched an NFL record for that, and topped his own franchise record by one.
Newman grad Eli Manning was one-upped by Brees, but six touchdowns doesn't mean Eli was a slouch. He just needed more time to duplicate what number nine did and you got the feeling that the Saints defense would have eventually obliged.
Brees threw for 511 yards and the Saints offense churned out 614 yards. They scored on drives of 80, five times..to go along with drives of 96 yards and 60 yards. Some drives took as long as seven minutes and some as little as two.
Manning's six scoring drives 'averaged' 71 yards.
Again, my point is..It's hard to remember a time when an NFL game had 'this' much action.
When the season began, these two quarterbacks were viewed the same way. Can they be the player they once were? After all, Manning was 'rumored' to be seeking the highest paid contract in football last off-season.
Brees, meanwhile, has heard plenty of talk this season, about his skills diminishing.
Well, on this day at least, both guys deserve plenty of accolades and they deserve the benefit of the doubt going forward because it's hard to imagine that 'either' guy has 'ever' been this good, before.
Sure they've both had solid three-to-four touchdown days with 300 yards passing, but 860 combined and thirteen touchdowns? 'That' doesn't happen often.