Brees: Difficult wins help us to be 'battle-tested'

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NEW ORLEANS — Chalk up another rare milestone for Drew Brees on Monday Night Football.

Brees and the New Orleans Saints rallied from a 20-3 deficit on Monday to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 in overtime, marking the second time in Brees’ career that the quarterback rallied from a deficit of 17 points or greater.

Brees was previously 1-48 in such situations, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The other win? A thrilling 46-34 victory at Miami in 2009 — during the Saints’ Super Bowl season — in which New Orleans trailed by 21.

“Yeah, this was a wild one,” Brees, 41, said on the ESPN broadcast after he finished with 325 yards, a touchdown pass and a TD run.

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Brees now has 12 career OT wins, including the playoffs, tied with Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady for the most by a starting QB in NFL history.

When asked if he knew the history of those 17-point rallies, Brees pointed out that he was part of Saints teams that came back from similar margins before losing gut-wrenching playoff games at San Francisco in 2011 and Minnesota in 2017.

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