Some quarterbacks, when pinned deep in their own territory, don’t handle it well.
Others do a much better job.
In the third quarter of their game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints offense found themselves facing first down from their own 2-yard line.
Brees dropped back to the center of the end zone, and quickly saw that third-year receiver Brandin Cooks had gotten separation from cornerback Sean Smith.
Brees hit Cooks in stride near the 30, and Cooks was off to the races.
The 98-yard touchdown was a franchise record and gave New Orleans a 24-10 lead. It was Cooks’ second touchdown of the day.