Can 49ers slow down Drew Brees?

The New Orleans QB left another team in the dust. What is San Fran's plan?

Originally Published: January 9, 2012
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders

The Denver Broncos' dramatic upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers might have stolen the spotlight, but Tim Tebow was not the league's best quarterback during wild-card weekend. That honor goes to Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, which is nothing new -- Brees has been by far the league's best passer for weeks. With the Detroit Lions ground-up beneath his shiny, gold cleats, Brees turns his sights west to the San Francisco 49ers, who allowed the fewest points in the NFC this season.

So let's get a jump on the coverage and ask the question: Is this the defense that can stop the unstoppable?