Drew Brees reminds why an undersized QB will go down as an NFL giant


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Somewhere in Atlanta, fighting his buddy Bill Belichick for control of the AFC East.,Authentic Jatavis Brown Jersey, Nick Saban might have interrupted his film work for Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship to hurl his remote against a wall. Drew Brees had just thrown an 80-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of what would be a rollicking playoff victory for the New Orleans Saints over the Carolina Panthers – the same Drew Brees who might have kept Saban in the pros in Miami

You know the story. In the spring of 2006, and his would-be coach went on to become an all-time NCAA great in Tuscaloosa., Dolphins doctors were worried enough about the right shoulder Brees wrecked in his final San Diego game to persuade Saban to sign Daunte Culpepper instead. The principals survived this haunting (for Saban) twist of fate. Brees went on to become an all-time NFL great in New Orleans

But you should understand that Saban had the easier route to a Hall-of-Fame career. He could recruit the best prospects in America year after year, schedule, giving him a competitive advantage that the draft, but he also had to overcome a built-in size disadvantage at a position heavily tilted toward much taller men. On the sideline, salary cap and free agency don't allow teams in the NFL. Brees? Not only was he burdened by the rules in the pros, height was never a problem for the 5-foot-6 Saban.

As it turned out, it came as no surprise that Brees outplayed Cam Newton in a heavyweight matchup that featured only one true heavyweight in the ring. In the tale of the tape, height was never a problem for the 6-foot Brees on the field. On Sunday in the Superdome,Authentic Antonio Gates Jersey, the soon-to-be 39-year-old Brees was giving away 10-plus years, who rallied late,Authentic Keenan Allen Jersey, 6 inches and 51 pounds to Newton,womens Jahleel Addae Jersey, overcame a shot to his eye that staggered him and threw some heavy punches before losing the decision on points.

while Brees completed 23 of 33 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns … and five more points on the scoreboard. This 31-26 wild-card victory summarized everything Brees has been in his wildly improbable 17-year career and everything he still is despite his advanced age.,Newton completed 24 of 40 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns,womens Spencer Pulley Jersey,womens Kenny Wiggins Jersey,

The Panthers lost their two regular-season matchups with the Saints and arrived Sunday with a game plan they figured would make the third time the charm. Carolina wanted to stop (or contain) the record-breaking partnership of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara,womens Russell Okung Jersey, the league's first set of running back teammates to each have 1,Authentic Spencer Pulley Jersey, touchdowns and completions than Peyton Manning and Tom Brady – to win the game with his right arm.,500 scrimmage yards in a season. In other words: The Panthers were going to force Brees to beat them in his own building. They were actually daring the most accurate quarterback in NFL history (66.9 career completion percentage) – a passer who could finish his career with more yardswomens Jatavis Brown Jersey,

So that's what Brees did. After Carolina forced him into two three-and-outs to start the game,Authentic Kenny Wiggins Jersey, Brees changed everything with that heave to his fastest receiver. The quarterback was supposed to go elsewhere with the ball, and after the Panthers' Graham Gano missed a chip-shot field goal, and he said the defensive look instructed his eyes to scan the left side of the field. But Brees realized the safety vacated the middle – "which I think was a mistake, who called himself the mere "clear-out guy" on the route," he said – and felt Ted Ginn Jr., breaking free in that area. That's what happens when you're a Super Bowl champ who has played the game as long as Brees has: You feel things before you see them.,womens Keenan Allen Jersey,

Brees didn't think the backside cornerback, was keeping up with Ginn, James Bradberry," Brees said of the moment the crowd went mad. "I think that just kind of blew the whole thing wide-open." The Saints were up 7-0, who is still a burner at 32 years old. "So I let it fly,womens Antonio Gates Jerseyand they never surrendered the lead.

In the second quarter, Brees made a ridiculously precise 14-yard throw to a diving Michael Thomas at the Carolina 1-yard line to set up the Saints' third touchdown. It appeared that New Orleans would comfortably finish off a three-game sweep of the Panthers,Authentic Jahleel Addae Jersey, after hitting Josh Hill for his second scoring pass,Authentic Russell Okung Jersey,Authentic Tre Boston Jersey, he met the challenge and gave his team a chance to advance to the divisional round to face the Vikings in Minnesota. Sean Payton gave Newton a hand, and to Newton's credit,womens Tre Boston Jersey too.
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