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One reason is that we like to choose deciding plays from competitive games, and the Saints simply haven't played many competitive games -- only three of their 12 wins have been by single digits. A better reason is that we're not perfect like the Saints. We try to pick the best of the best every week but sometimes mistakes happen. We're sorry.
To pay our respects, we've compiled our Top 10 list of Brees plays from the 2009 season:
- Week 1 - Up 31-20 late in the third quarter vs. Detroit, Brees steps up in the pocket and delivers a strike up the seam to Devery Henderson for a 58-yard touchdown.
- Week 2 - Tied 10-10 with one minute left in first half, Brees throws a back-shoulder seam to Colston, beating an Eagles blitz for a 25-yard touchdown.
- Week 9 - Down 20-13 to Carolina late in the third quarter, Brees hits Meachem in the seam for a 54-yard game-tying touchdown. New Orleans went on to win 30-20.
The Saints are averaging the most points (36.7) and yards (429) in the league and Brees leads all NFL quarterbacks with a 111.3 QB rating, 9 yards per pass attempt, and 29 TD passes.
The success of New Orleans' offense is a result of more variables than I have time to mention here, but just to name a few:
» Years of accumulating talented players
» Outstanding preparation and play-calling by coach Sean Payton
» One of the best passers of our generation in his prime
» A very high confidence level