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QBREES9 12-30-2010 07:44 AM

Drew Brees shines brightest after dark moments
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Now an second season.

"You plan on this,'' Sean Payton was saying Tuesday in the afterglow of the most recent edition of "Monday Night Football."
He had seen a tape of the New Orleans Saints sewing up a spot in the playoffs when his favorite quarterback drove the team 90 yards to a winning touchdown in the final minutes.

The coach has grown accustomed to such heroics.

But he had not seen Drew Brees dig himself the deepest hole he had ever dug for himself in "a big game," then find a way to claw his way out of it, doing it before a hostile audience of Atlanta Falcons crazies at the Georgia Dome.

For the Who Dat Nation these past two years, watching Brees at work has largely been a matter of building a memory bank, filling it with all sorts of touchdown passes, long ones and short ones, the kind that finally brought us the impossible Super Bowl dream.
What made Monday night's memories so special was the dream endured on an evening it appeared the clock, horror of horrors, had struck 12 for No. 9.

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