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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Breaking down Brees' big night

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Brees

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

ESPN Stats & Information sent along some phenomenal stuff that really puts Drew Brees' huge Monday night game into perspective.

Brees was almost flawless on first down. He threw for six of the Saints' 11 passing first downs on first-down throws. He almost had a perfect QB rating (158.3) on first downs and for the game:

Brees Sharp on First Down
 Comp
AttYdsTDINT1st DownRating
First down 12 15 185 3 0 6 157.6
All others 8 11 138 1 0 5 145.0
Total 20 26 323 4 0 11 157.5

Brees had plenty of help from his teammates with 226 of his 323 passing yards coming after the catch. Here's a look at what Lance Moore, Jeremy Shockey, Pierre Thomas and Marques Colston provided in yards after the catch:

Saints Receivers by the Numbers
 MooreShockeyThomasColston
Thrown to7651
Complete5531
Yards115573470
TD2001
Defended1000
Dropped0000
YAC84134744
Brees by Quarter
 CompAttYdsTDINTRating
First Quarter 5 6 107 1 0 158.3
Second Quarter 8 10 87 1 0 136.3
Third Quarter 7 10 129 2 0 152.1
Total 20 26 323 4 0 157.5
* Brees did not attempt a pass in the fourth quarter
Brees Four TDs Out of Shotgun
 CompAttYdsTDINTRating
Shotgun 9 12 214 4 0 156.3
Play Action 6 7 59 0 0 101.8