Drew Brees Beats Tom Brady's All-time NFL Record with OT Win on Monday Night Football

Drew Brees surpassed Tom Brady's all-time record for most overtime wins in NFL history after guiding the New Orleans Saints to a 30-27 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football.

The victory marked the 13th time the Saints quarterback has won a game in overtime between regular season and playoffs, moving him one game clear of Brady.

It also improved the Saints' record on Monday Night Football under head coach Sean Payton to 17-7.

Brees completed 33 of 47 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns—one passing, one rushing—and one interception as the Saints rallied from a 20-3 deficit in the first quarter to tie the game early in the fourth quarter. Once the Chargers pulled ahead again in the final period thanks to Justin Herbert's fourth touchdown pass of the game—a Monday Night Football record for a rookie—Brees led the Saints down the field again, before Taysom Hill rushed over to tie the game at 27 and force it into overtime.

Brees then produced the 51st game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime of his career as he drove the Saints in field goal position in overtime, giving Will Lutz the perfect platform to kick the game-winning field goal.

Brees ranks third in the all-time list for quarterbacks who have led the most fourth quarter comebacks behind only Peyton Manning and Brady but Monday night was just the second time in his career he successfully overcame a deficit of 17 points or bigger.

According to data from ESPN Stats & Information, Brees had faced the same scenario 49 times, losing on 48 occasions. The only exception was a 46-34 win in Miami in Week 7 of the 2009, when the Saints found themselves down by 21 points.

"I know there's this exact number of 17, but I'm sure if we clumped in the 13s, 14s, 15s, there would be quite a bit more," Brees told ESPN after the game. "But the bottom line is we were not playing Saints football in the first half. There were too many mistakes that get you beat.

"We shouldn't have had to mount the comeback we had to mount in order to win this game."

It was the second time this season the Saints have wiped out a double-digit deficit, after coming back from 14-0 in Detroit last week to defeat the Lions 35-29 and while Brees conceded trailing in games is a dangerous habit to have, he suggested there were positives to be found in the way the Saints have responded to adversity.

"To have wins like this, where you really have to fight to win—just like we did last week [...] this is how you grow as a team. This is how you become battle-tested. And I think it pays dividends as you move along here."

With the win over the Chargers, the Saints improved to 3-2 and leapfrogged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers atop the NFC South, while the Chargers slipped to the bottom of the AFC West with a 1-4 record.

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Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks on against the Los Angeles Chargers during their NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 12 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Brees led the Saints to a 30-27 win in overtime. Chris Graythen/Getty