When Jimmy Graham didn't cut in the face of his defender Sunday at the Superdome, he made Saints quarterback Drew Brees look like a fool.
Four plays after Houston free safety Danieal Manning's interception that stemmed from Graham's "quick memory lapse," the Texans took a nine-point fourth-quarter lead. But instead of admonishing his young tight end by unofficially removing him from the game plan, Brees called on 80 over and over.
Graham responded, in part because he's a talented, imposing figure, but more likely because of how the Saints and Brees handled Graham's misstep.
"After the play, Drew came to the sideline and told me, 'I'm going to keep coming to you, because I trust you,'" Graham said. "He told me he had faith in me. That meant a lot to me especially being a young player (24)."
Unfazed and encouraged by Brees' vote of confidence, Graham caught three passes in the final 10 minutes, including a 27-yard touchdown to spark a franchise-record 23-point fourth quarter and 40-33 comeback victory.