No need to dig too deep to find the key points from the best game of Week 8. Just check the NFL record book. Yes, the meeting Sunday between the Saints and Giants was that wild and crazy and filled with more touchdowns than your best fantasy lineup. Drew Brees matched the NFL record with seven TD passes. Eli Manning threw six more, and the quarterbacks set an NFL record for total TD passes in a game. Final score: New Orleans 52, New York 49. The 101 points were the third-highest total for a single game and the most in 11 seasons.
“Never been part of something like that,” Brees said. “Pretty wild.”
And what great game would be complete without some coaching controversy?
The Giants faced fourth down from their 25 with 20 seconds left and, instead of punting out of bounds, kicked deep down the middle to Marcus Murphy. Murphy returned it 24 yards and when Brad Wing got called for a facemask penalty, the Saints had the ball at the New York 32 with time for one more snap.
Kai Forbath made a 50-yard field goal for the win.
The Giants had been beaten in similar fashion before, when they punted to DeSean Jackson and he returned it for a walk-off touchdown in a 38-31 win in 2010.
“It's not as easy as you say [to] punt it out of bounds,” said Tom Coughlin, the Giants coach in both instances. “We punted it for distance. We got some distance. They would have had 5 seconds left had we covered it.”
But they didn't.
And the rest was history.