Drew Brees looks to cement his legacy with another Super Bowl title
Jaime C. Harris | 1/10/2019, 2:38 p.m.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds a number of NFL passing records, including most career passing yards (74,437), most career completions (6,586) and most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (54). The native of Austin, Texas, and product of Purdue University is also revered by the residents of New Orleans for his charity and philanthropy.
He was a ubiquitous and prominent figure during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in United States history that devastated the city and many other areas of the country. Brees was a comforting and reassuring presence, providing consequential resources through the Brees Dream Foundation.
Brees’ legacy is already towering, but he is endeavoring to raise it to even loftier heights by winning another Super Bowl nine years after the Saints earned the franchise’s first and only Vince Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the game’s winner. Brees, who turns 40 next Thursday, was named the MVP of the Saints’ 2010 Super Bowl XLIV victory, defeating Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts by 31-17.
The Saints’ journey to Super Bowl LIII (53) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Feb. 3 begins this Sunday in New Orleans when they host the defending NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round. The Saints are the NFC’s No. 1 seed, finishing the regular season 13-3. But the No. 6 seed Eagles are riding a magic carpet led by quarterback Nick Foles.
The Eagles appeared to be out of the playoff in late November. But a 25-22 win over the Giants began a surge in which they won five out of their final six regular season games to finish 9-7 and gain a wild-card spot. Similar to the Eagles’ unlikely run last season, when Foles replaced injured starter Carson Wentz in mid-December and ultimately was named the Most Valuable Player of their Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, Foles has stepped in for Wentz again, taking over Dec. 16 for the remainder of this season after Wentz experienced season-ending back issues.
Foles and the Eagles went into Chicago last Sunday and upset the Bears 16-15. But playing against Brees and the Saints’ explosive offense will present problems they didn’t have to face against the Bears. Thus, the Saints will be 30-20 victors and speed into the NFC Championship Game at home Jan. 20.
In the other NFC Divisional matchup, the No. 2 seed Los Angeles Rams will host the No. 4 seed Dallas Cowboys Saturday.