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There's something fitting about the best game of Drew Brees' career coming in a losing effort.

For 13 weeks the San Francisco 49ers had terrorized the quarterbacks of the NFL, limiting opponents to a 60% completion rate and 5.5 yards per pass, with 45 sacks and nearly as many interceptions (11) as passing touchdowns allowed (12). Then they ran into Brees and the Saints in the Superdome, where Brees completed 29 of 40 passes (a rate of 73%) for 349 yards (an 8.73-yard average) with five touchdown passes (and another on the ground), zero sacks, and zero interceptions.