Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
METAIRIE, La. For years, we've seen Saints quarterback Drew Brees call audibles at the line of scrimmage, shifting a bad play into one that succeeds.
Turns out, his audibles don't stop on the field.
They've moved into his everyday life.
And Saturday night, he might have called the biggest audible of his life to date.
No beef in the macaroni? No problem. Brees, per usual, figured out a solution.
Coach Sean Payton explains.
'I sit down and I'm eating the spaghetti and the pizza and whatever and finally Drew comes in and I say, 'Hey, we got a little issue here,' and he's like, 'What's that,' and I said, 'Ah, never mind,' ' Payton said.
'So then I watching him and I watch him and I watch him and I watch him and he's kind of meandering around, so then he goes into plan B. He takes a hamburger patty and chops it up over spaghetti and tries to make this homemade beefy mac and I guarantee you it was on the menu list that had to be prepared and they didn't get it done and so, hey, it'll be the last time we're there.'
Brees went 31 of 35 for 325 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions and the Saints set single-game records for most points scored (62) in franchise history, largest margin of victory (55 points) in franchise history and most first downs (36) in franchise history.
Payton, who watched Brees from high up in the Superdome, isn't surprised anymore by anything Brees does. So using hamburger patties to make the mac turn into beefy mac wasn't shocking.
'He's had to do it before,' Payton said. 'I asked him the question, 'Has this ever happened?' Because I've always seen the lasagna and the beefy mac. He said, 'It's happened a couple other times. And I said, 'So this is what you do?' And he's going through this thing.'